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In HIS Presence


Read: GALATIANS 5:16–26

Meditation verse:

“And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:12).

A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree bears mango, it is referred to as a mango tree. If it bears oranges, it is an orange tree. Similar trees can also be distinguished by their fruit. Though a lemon and lime tree may be difficult to distinguish, as soon as they start to bear fruits, the difference becomes clear. At salvation, you took on the divine nature of God, you became royalty; a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and His special person (1 Peter 2:9). Since you now carry God’s DNA, you ought to bear fruit according to His kind. Your attitude, manner of speech and character should reflect the nature of God.

Are you bearing fruit according to your kind? Can you be rightly identified by the fruit you bear? Today’s reading highlights the difference between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:19–24.

A life without Christ can be identified by the works of the flesh. Conversely, a life in Christ ought to be identified by the fruit of the spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:5 admonishes us to examine ourselves as to whether we are in the faith and to test ourselves. Begin the examination by looking at the fruits of your life. “By their fruits, you shall know them”.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.

Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen

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