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The Fruit Of The Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.

I need to work on these.

In Ephesians 6:11, “God say’s to stand under the protection, of His Full Armour.” 

Look into the mirror today. Check to see if you are still fully clothed with this armour. You will only be protected if you have all the armour on.”

Make a checklist.

·        The Sword of the Spirit:

            Make sure your Sword is sharp through, Bible study and prayer.

·        The Helmet of Salvation:          

Make sure your mind is pure and your thoughts are clean. Guard, what you allow to go into your mind. Remember, what you put into your mind, will come out someday.

Example:  I am going to make a loaf of bread in my bread machine. I decide to add what I want instead of following the recipe. What will the results be? Let us see.

Recipe from the book.  My new recipe.

                        1 ½ cups of water                     1 ½ cups of water

                        2 Tbs. of shortening                  2 Tbs. of butter

                        I tsp. of salt                              one ½ tsp. of salt

                        2 Tbs. of sugar                         2 Tbs. of honey           

                        4cups of flour                           4 cups of flower

                        1 ½ tsp. yeast                           ½ Tbs. yeast


There is not much of a difference between the two recipes. I only changed five, out of six ingredients. The honey, butter and salt were OK to change. The yeast was the same amount. What about the flour? Same word different spelling! You cannot bake bread with flowers, even if they are beautiful.

            In the same manner, we cannot allow the whisper of Satan, to sway us to do wrong. His whispers might say, “That one TV program won’t hurt you.” I know! I listened to Satan’s whisper on Tuesday night. I was bored and turn on the TV. I flipped the channels as usual trying to find something worth seeing. Hard to do in 1999! I was getting upset with the commercials. A man and a woman were nude and two children ran in and sat on top of them with no clothes on. Soap commercial! Dirty soap I say! How could I ever use that brand of soap again I would never feel clean using this soap since seeing this commercial.  

            I continued to flip the channels and came across a cute movie about a Rabbi, trying to get to California. He was going to marry his promised bride. It was a funny movie. It only had a few wrong ingredients. The writer of the play thought he had to use a lot of profanity to make the story sell. One hundred minutes later, I had heard more profanity than I had heard in ten years. I saw two men killed. I just did not turn the TV off, as I knew I should. It was a good story.  This kind of program disturbs the piece of my mind. How could I do this to, God, Jesus and myself? I just got to thinking. I forced Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit to watch that TV program with me. They live inside of me. Sorry God, Please forgive me. Help me to make better choices next time.

            Just, a few wrong ingredients! Killing, Swearing, and taking the name of God, and Jesus in vain! Bad choice, Ethel!

·        The Breastplate of Righteous Living.

            I hear you God. I sure blew that one on Tuesday night. We are to be a mirror of Jesus Christ. What did people see when they looked at me on Wednesday?  Likely, they saw no difference. What would people see a year from now, if I continued to watch those kinds of movies, is the question I need to ask my self?  Sin begets sin.

·        The Shield of Faith

            Where was my faith last night when I started to worry about tomorrow?

Help me to have the faith of a mustard seed. The faith the size of a mustard seed will do me no good if I do not take it and plant it. I need to water it from the well of living water and feed it nourishing food from the word of God. I need to read, encouraging words from the Bible. I need to pray and listen to the wise council of the ministers and my prayer warriors. Then and only then will it grow into a bush that will be useful. Help me to use my growing faith to put out the fiery darts sent my way by Satan.

·        Gird up my Loin’s With Truth. Am I living a lie when I pretend to be a righteous person? I need to spend more time in my Bible and in prayer with God. Keep reminding me Lord. Help me stand firm in truth. Let me have a firm foundation.

·        Check my Shoes for Dirt. Are they shod with peace?

I know God. I have to stop putting my foot in my mouth and putting people down. It is so hard not to gossip.

“Golden rule number 1000 and 9!”

“If you can’t say something nice about some one, button up your mouth.”

OK God, Keep reminding me.

Peace will never come to this world if we do not start loving our enemies. What about the people and friends who have hurt us?

I pray this writing will bless you today.

With Christian Love


© Ethel Hiday Wicksey 


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