Provision: The Fruit of the Spirit

Provision: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

The Fruit of the Spirit

Dear Children,


I want you to imagine a tree firmly planted by streams of water. Its trunk is sturdy, and its branches are strong. Its leaves are a plush green, and its fruit is ripe, ready for picking. Its beauty is eye-catching, and its shade is inviting. But, think now, sweet ones, what part of the tree can not be seen that causes it to stand firmly in the ground? Yes, you’re right—the roots. They reach far down into the earth, acting as an anchor for the beautiful tree above.

Now, children, I want you to think of your life. You, also, are to be firmly planted by the streams of Living Water—Jesus Christ. In order to stand strong, you also will need to have strong roots. The previous six prayers that I have prayed for you are some of these roots:

A Love of God’s Word

An Understanding of God’s Word

An Understanding of God’s Love

A Faith in God

Security in God, and

Contentment in God.


Realize, sweet ones, the deeper you go into His rich soil, the stronger your roots will be, and the more your tree will flourish. You (and others) will begin to see beautiful blossoms which, in time, will produce the magnificent fruit of the Spirit:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness, and

Self-control!

So, my dear ones, make your roots strong. Seek wisdom, and knowledge, and faith, and security, and love, and contentment in Him! Remember your goal: First you want people to see your bud turn into a beautiful flower, which is lovely to their eyes. Then, you want them to see your flower blossom into fruit, which they will want to “take from” your tree and “eat”! Cause them to wonder, “Why is their tree so beautiful, and their fruit so tasty? What makes them stand so strong and look so alive? I want to be like that! How can I be?” And then, my children, be prepared to answer...

I love you


Teaching Suggestions for Fruit of the Spirit:

1. On a beautiful day, go outside and examine a strong, vibrant tree. Or, you may want to pull up a plant (one you’re not attracted to!) and “touch and feel” the roots.

2. Talk about its roots: how long, sturdy, and deep are they? (They are as deep as the tree is tall!)


3. Compare the roots, as well as the beauty of the tree to each child’s life. When they are planted in God’s Word, and
grow deeper into it, they then obtain the strength and beauty which comes from Christ alone.

Dear Heavenly Father,

What a wonder it is to know that because of what Jesus did on the cross, we have the incredible privilege of being filled with Your Holy Spirit! May my children not quench Your beautiful Spirit, dear Jesus. But instead give them a heart that longs to abide in You, and You in them, so the fruit of Your amazing character may be exhibited in their lives. I pray their heart will possess:

A Love that conquers all,
A Joy that overflows,
A Peace that passes all understanding,
And Patience that stills the heart.
Give them Kindness that seeks the orphan and the widow;
And Goodness that defeats all evil,
May they obtain your Faithfulness that is new every morning,
And Gentleness that can turn away all kinds of wrath,
And, dear Lord, I pray for Self-control that only You,
The One who died to self, can give.

Amen

Your Heavenly Father’s Letter of Love

Psalms 1:1-3

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.

John 15:4-5

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Galatians 5:16-18, 22-25

But I say, walk by the spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law... but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

I Thessalonians 5:19

Do not quench the Spirit.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.

Going Deeper Into His Love

Scripture references in letter:

Ps. 1:1-3; John 7:38; Hosea 14:4-8; Gal. 5:18, 22-25; Jer. 17:5-8; I Peter 3:15; Pr. 11:30

Scripture references in prayer:

Rom. 5:5; I Thess. 5:19; John 15:4-5; Gal. 5:22-25; Pr. 10:12; Ps. 16:11; Phil 4:6-7; Ps. 62:1; James 1:27; Ps. 31:19-20; Lam. 3:21-23; Pr. 15:1; Phil. 2: 5-8; John 15:1; Gal. 5:16-18

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