Monday, November 11, 2013

How about some Spiritual Fruit Salad?

Just think of your favorite fruit in the fruit salad. Is it apple, grapes, banana, kiwi, cherry, mango, papaya, pineapple, melon, strawberry? All of these fruits are different in color, texture, smell and the seasons in which they grow. Similarly the nine fruits of the spirit which are different are seasonal too. They grow at different times in our life. Often we may go through certain trials in our life in order to prepare for the growth of this particular fruit in our life. Let us briefly look at the different fruits of the spirit as seen in Galatians 5:22, 23:
1)      Love: 1 John 4:8 says that ‘whoever does not love does not know God; for God is Love.’ We may try in our human strength to love people but often fall short when we compare it to the 1Corinthians 13 kind of love. Whenever we fall short, the best thing to remember is the epitome of love which is Jesus on the Cross. The Intense Father’s love for us by giving us His only begotten Son. Jesus Pure Love for us by obeying the Father and willingly giving up His life for us. The Gentle Love of the Holy Spirit who is with us always to remind us of the love of God. We can never match that love. It is only the Holy Spirit who empowers us to love God, ourselves and our neighbor.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of love in my life. Fill me with your love so that I can learn to love.
2)      Joy: Joy is not the absence of pain or sorrow in life. Joy is the smile in spite of the tears! Nehemiah 8:10 says: “This day is holy to the Lord , do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” No life is problem free but when we choose to say that My God is bigger than my problem, we can be joyful in life. That will empower us to go ahead victoriously in life and help us to bear a greater testimony. People will want to know how we do it and that will be the time for us to share His love to them.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, Thank you for the joy in my life. Help me to keep in mind to rejoice in the Lord always by being thankful for all that you have already done in my life.
3)      Peace: The rarest thing in today’s stress filled world is Peace. However, it is highly comforting that we have a Lord who is The Prince of Peace. He is the Lord who can calm any stormy situation in our life. There is a well known quote “NO GOD, NO PEACE but KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. How truthful this statement is. No matter how hard we try, we may be spending sleepless nights because of a disturbed mind but once we learn to make Him the Lord of every area of our life, we can rest assured that even when we cannot figure it all out, our Lord who is bigger than us will surely see us through.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for that your peace which passeth all human understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
4)      Patience:  Many times we may go through a period of waiting in our life where we may be endlessly waiting and wondering what God is up to but the truth is that He may actually be cultivating the fruit of patience in our life which will be essential for us to enjoy what He has in store for us. The irony is, the quicker we learn to be patient, the sooner will we get our answer!
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of patience in my life. Though I may not always like it, I believe your word in Gal 6:9 which asks me not to become weary of doing good, for I will reap a harvest in due season if I do not give up.”
5)      Kindness: All of us have wonderful stories from the pages of our life to tell, stories of our successes, power, influence, strength, courage but the stories that will always be fondly remembered will be the stories of our humanity. We live in a world full of pain, we may never know how badly the person next to us is suffering and so we need to follow the example of our Lord who went about doing good to everyone who needed it.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of kindness in my life. I will obey your word in Eph 4:32 which reminds me to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving as God in Christ also has forgiven me.”
6)      Goodness: As mentioned in 2 Peter 1:5 God’s divine power has given us everything we need for a Godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Praise the Lord that we are made righteous by the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross of Calvary. No matter how evil we have been in the past, His blood is sufficient ransom for us and now we adorn the robe of righteousness which enables us to lead a life of goodness and be a blessing to those around us.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of goodness in my life. I praise you that because of Jesus, I am a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, God’s very own possession and as a result I can display the goodness of God who called me out of darkness into His wonderful light.(1 Pet 2:9)
7)      Faithfulness: We read in Lam 3:22,23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness.” Loyalty or faithfulness is quite unheard of nowadays. But the Lord commends faithfulness even in the smallest of matters.
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of faithfulness in my life. Help me as your word says in Proverbs 3:3 to always bind steadfast love and faithfulness around my neck and to write them on the tablet of my heart.
8)      Gentleness:  Philippians 4:5 says that “our gentleness must be evident to all for the Lord’s coming is near.” Another word for gentleness is meekness ; a highly unpopular if not totally alien trait in today’s upside down world which preaches the gospel of Survival & Self preservation at any cost with the modus operandi of blowing one’s own trumpet and getting rid of anything/ anyone in the way. Contrary to popular belief, meekness is not weakness. It is absolute power under perfect control. Numbers 12:3 says that ‘Moses was one of the meekest men on the face of the earth and hence was used greatly by God.’ If we want to used by God, we must say as John the Baptist said in John 3:30, “He must increase but I must decrease.”
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of gentleness in my life. Help me to learn from you for you are meek and humble and I will find rest for my soul.(Mathew 11:29)
9)      Self Control : Prov 25:28 says that ‘a man without self control is like a city broken into and left without walls.’ A city without walls is always vulnerable to attack by the enemy. We have an enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8) and so it is extremely essential for us to Watch and pray lest we be tempted for the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.(Mathew 26:41)
Prayer: Blessed Holy Spirit, thank you for the fruit of Self Control in my life. I praise you that you have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and self control. (2 Tim 1:7)
You may be wondering, this all sounds good but how can we make this work practically in my life. For understanding this better, let us take an illustration (from Joyce Meyer) of an apple tree. An apple tree doesn’t have to try to produce apples. When the season is right, it just automatically produces the fruit. Provided it is well watered, given proper sunlight, fertilizer and looked after, it just bears fruit. Similarly when we spend time in Prayer and the Word, Listening to the Voice of the Father and fellowshipping with other believers, we will also automatically produce the Fruit of the Spirit which is the true evidence of Godly Character. Others will then be able to see that we not only talk the talk, but also walk the talk!
Have a blessed week!
Take care, God bless us,
Sparky Laurie

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Hi friends,

Today I would like to share some thoughts from the passage Mark 10:46-52 in which we read about how Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus.

1)Bartimeaus was sitting beside the road as Jesus went by (vs 46)- He was in a place that ensured that he would meet Jesus. Many times when we want answers from the Lord we must be found in the place where the Lord is present in all His glory and that is in the House of God where God inhabits the praises of His people.

2)Bartimaeus on hearing that Jesus was nearby began to shout out “Jesus Son of David have mercy on me”(vs 47)- Blind Bartimaeus could not see in order to follow Jesus and so he did what he could and that was to shout out in all sincerity and brokenness. When we need a miracle from the Lord, we need to focus on the Lord and call upon Him in the best way that we can.

3)Some of the people yelled at him to be quiet, but Bartimaeus only shouted louder(vs 48)- Even when we make efforts, there may be people who will criticize or discourage us but that should only make us to trust in the Lord and try harder.

4)When Jesus heard him, He stopped and asked them to tell him to come(vs 49a)- Praise God that we have a Lord who stops when we cry out to Him and calls us closer to Him.

5)The people told him to cheer up as Jesus was calling him(vs 49b)- The very same people who had yelled at him to be quiet were now asking him to cheer up as the Lord had called him. Many times we too may get discouraged in our circumstances especially when criticized but it is the Lord who will call us to Himself if we keep on calling on His name.

6)Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up and came to Jesus(vs 50)- Bartimaeus was so hopeful that he threw aside that which he had from the past and he jumped up with joy and went to Jesus. So must we let go off the past and step forward into that which God has for us.

7)Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?”(vs 51)- Jesus very well knew that Bartimaeus was blind and so would like to be healed of his blindness but still He asks this question to him and also to us as He wants us to be specific and full of faith when we pray(ask Him for our miracle).

8)And instantly he received his sight and accompanied Jesus on the road(vs 52)-After Bartimaeus received his healing, he was able to do something that he was not able to do before and that was to accompany Jesus on the road. After we receive our miracle, the Lord empowers us with His anointing to do that which we couldn’t have done before.

Thus from the above mentioned points we can learn that for our miracle to take place, how very important perseverance, faith and obedience to the Lord is.

In conclusion, let us ask the Lord to open the eyes of our heart so that we will be able to see Him in all of our lives.


Have an awesome week!



Sunday, May 19, 2013


Hi friends,

Hope you all are doing fine. It’s been a while and I’m happy to have something to share with you today.How can we make Jesus the Centre of our Life?
Often as we go up the path of life and grow up, we reach a stage where we take a hard look at ourselves and suddenly nothing seems so sure and certain. As new challenges and struggles arise, we may even look at ourselves in the mirror knowing that we have reached our limit as the Goliath in our life seems so insurmountable. In spite of numerous past victories, we may even suddenly shrink back intimidated by unfamiliar territory. It is often by over analyzing and reasoning that we are paralyzed into inaction. Past experiences and anxious thoughts often play on our minds and we are tempted into backing off or leaving the opportunity on the shelf for some other day when we are stronger. But the truth is that we may never get that chance again. And that open door is now closed. Who knows it may have been the passage into all that we have been believing God and praying for!

What then is the remedy or the way out? How can we avoid missing these chances because we feel we are not ready ? I would like to share with you these verses that spoke to me just this morning. 2 Chronicles 32:7,8 7 “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Here are a few things that came to mind as I meditated on these words that spoke to my heart.

1)There is no denying that the battle is real and the enemy army is mighty. Even when we face our Goliaths in life we need to accept the truth that we are no match for them in our own strength. But the good news is that we are looking at Jesus ability ,not ours and so it really doesn’t matter how able we are or not!

2) “With him is an arm of flesh” meaning, they are just humans, but we have supernatural assistance with us. It does not make sense when we think with our logic or reasoning as we are talking about help in the spiritual realm which may not be seen with our physical eyes.

3)”It is the Lord who will help us and fight our battles.” We need to be in position and believe His Word that He will fight for us. That may often require us to take a step in faith and obey Him even when we do not feel like it. God always honors those who put their trust in Him. He just cannot ignore a person who is full of faith in Him.

4)In reality, we may feel we do not have what it takes to win but the truth is that God does not need our ability only our availability and our obedience. He will do the rest.

5) While on earth, there will be numerous battles one after the other. Life becomes so much easier for us when we make Jesus the centre of our lives. That way we can be sure of the victory all the time! Let Him be glorified each and every time. “He must increase and I must decrease.”

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 Have a blessed week!

Take care, God bless us,

Sparky Laurie