DIG for Wednesday the 10th of January…..I’m sure it’s in there somewhere…..Galatians 5 v 22 and 23

As a man who reads and studies the Word quite a lot, I think I have an understanding of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 22 and 23).

I know what they are and what each one means.

However at times, and you may feel the same, I just think some of them are not there!

I’ve just had a 30-minute call with my current insurance company, with 5 different people (on hold most of the time), to be told I cannot get a new quote.

And now my keyboard is ‘playing up’ so that I’m missing letters when I type this!

Now when I’ve read Galatians 5 v 22 and 23 before I was sure I saw longsuffering (or patience) in there.

I realise however that I do not need more patience, I need to work out the patience that I already have.

The Lord has placed in my born again spirit all the patience I will ever need (as well as all the love, joy, peace etc).

We are so fortunate to have all we need in our spirit; the key to life is working out (or manifesting) these things.

And the key to manifesting patience (and anything else from our spirit) is an understanding of Jesus and what He has done for us and to us.

Peter wrote that we have already been given all we need for life and godliness (including patience) through the knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 3).

So in order to display more patience we do not try to be patient, we gain more understanding about Jesus.

So, I’m now away to read my Bible for a while!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already given me all I need for life and godliness”.

Galatians 5 v 22 and 23…..But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law


DIG for Sunday the 18th of May…..nice wee reminder about patience…..Hebrews 12 v 1

Patience (or long suffering) is part of the fruit of the spirit that I struggle to manifest at times.

We all live in an era of instant gratification and speed, we are not used to waiting for anything; we can get books instantly to our kindles, we can get food as we sit in our cars and we can buy just about anything in a supermarket at any time of day.

I got stuck behind a tractor and trailer on a single-track road today and could not get past it; this did not please me I can tell you.

The tractor stopped to allow a car to pass coming from the other direction but moved out again before I could get passed. I look to my right in disgust, and was just about to get annoyed when I saw a wonderful site.

I saw a mother Lapwing with a couple of fluffy chicks walking through some long grass just next to the car; I would have missed this if I have been able to zoom past the tractor. The Lord said isn’t it good to have patience sometime!

I wondered to myself what I had been missing lately in my rush to get things done quickly; what had I not seen, who had I not ministered to, what had I not heard from the Lord.

We have been given patience (or long suffering) as a gift from God as part of our new born again spirit (Galatians 5 v 22).

We have obviously been given this for a reason; we need it and need to use it!

There are many references to the importance of patience in the Scriptures (2 Peter 1 v 6, 2 Timothy 3 v 10, Titus 2 v 2, Hebrews 6 v 12 and 10 v36).

The writer to the Hebrews tells us that we need patience to run the race or as I think of it, to live the Christian life (Hebrews 12 v 1).

Patience is an essential character attribute that we can have through renewing our mind to the truth in God’s Word (Romans 12 v 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have all the patience I will ever need in my born again spirit, help me to work this out through the renewal of my mind”.

Hebrews 12 v 1…..Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…….