Our old nature has to die to produce goodness!
When faith is planted inside our spirit and we begin to attend church regularly, we read and study the word on our own something begins to happen.
That faith begins to crack open inside us and push out that which is not of God. Its in the exercising of that measure that I blogged on yesterday. Becoming a doer of the word, by applying it and walking it out.
My Pastor Juanita Gibbs often reminds us that we must not only be a hearer of the word but also a doer. Hearing builds faith within us, as doing the word helps change us.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24 KJV
Its in that doing and hearing when change comes that the good fruit can begin to come forth. Where I once was selfish, stingy, impatient, and prideful begin to shed. Now love, peace, patience, meekness can grow.
Its a lifetime of work to keep fruit growing as there are always places revealed in me that they can grow and improve in. But faith had to come in to cause the old to die out. When the seed of faith planted and cracked open it was on me to nourish it and watch my faith grow.
I’m not quite where I would like to be in it, but with my Pastors help andthe help of the Lord by His word I’m not where I was. I am determined to keep taking steps to grow my faith and produce the goodness of God in my life.