‘how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to your children‘ (Matthew 7:11 NIV)
Whenever we want something we can either get it our-self, or ask for it, and when we ask for something, we are generally asking someone we know, a family member or a friend. Are we also planning for the potential let-down that can also come? If we ask God for something, there will never be any ‘let-down’, God always answers prayer.
When we come to God, we can ask anything that we want as long as it fits within the teaching of the Bible. Jesus told His disciples and therefore us to, ‘Ask and it will be given to you‘ (Matt 7:7 ESV, Luke 11:9 NIV); He also told His disciples ‘I will do whatever you ask in my name‘ (John 14:13 NIV).
I am sure that the mother of Moses prayed and asked that he be spared and not drown when she floated her watertight basket containing her precious cargo into the Nile river; the Hebrew word for ‘watertight basket’ used here is the same as in Noah’s ark.
And as we all know, God did indeed answer and save the life of the baby Moses, and he grew up and saved the lives of all of the Israelites, and with the mighty power of God, led them out of Egypt and slavery, (Exodus 2 – 13).
At some point we all get rid of things for various reasons, Moses’ mother put him in the basket and sent him away for protection. We too have to remove things from our lives to get the ‘full benefit’ of living with Jesus, and the benefit of following Jesus is eternal life with Him I heaven. ‘I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you‘ (John 14:2 NIV).
In order to benefit from the promise of eternal life, we have to throw away those things ‘of us’ that do not fit with the teachings of the Bible, those are;
‘the works of the flesh… … sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these‘ (Gal 5:19-21 ESV).
What a list. These are all things that will be barriers between us and God, and we do not want any barriers to separate us, ‘your iniquities (sin) have separated you from God‘ (Isai 59:2 NIV). So if the list above separate us from God, what do we need to do? We need to clothe ourselves with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because;
‘the Holy Spirit produces… … love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control‘ (Gal 5:22-23 NLT).
The ‘Fruits of The Spirit’ are what help us work towards the goal of eternal life that we are promised when we follow Jesus. He said ‘follow me‘ (Matt 4:19 NIV), and He said to everyone, ‘I am the way‘ (John 14:6 NIV).