Monday, August 3, 2015

One Simple Solution

The problems we face in life are many and varied but the answer I return to is simple and singular.

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' " - John 14:6 ESV

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:22-25 ESV

Jesus is the answer.

We might say, 'How does that pay my bills? or 'How does that change my situation?' or 'How does that help me in this relationship?'

Jesus opens the door to the Father and sends the Spirit into our life.

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you." - John 16:13-14 ESV

The Spirit glorifies the Son of God and produces fruit in our life. The fruit becomes a provision for us to have patience with people and peace that passes understanding. We become gentle at work and exhibit control and confidence as we do what is needed to make and manage money.

Many people out there seem to have natural capacities that help them compensate but human beings have limited resources. The Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills (see Psalm 50:10).

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.." - Hebrews 12:1-2a ESV

That is my plan this week. It is a simple strategy that has worked for thousands before I was born who had much more complicated lives then I have. It is going to be a fruitful week.


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