The devil says hi.

February 06, 2018
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Have you ever had those wonderful mornings when you wake up as early as needed, 
you bathe and prep for the day so promptly that you are ready before time;
clothes properly starched and ironed from yesterday, breakfast and lunch already prepared and packed.

Then you head out for the day and mid-way to your destination,
you realize you forgot something really important at home (which without, your day might be unproductive)
So you have to turn back and go home to pick it up.

You head back home, and you can not remember where you dropped it.
It could be your wallet, your phone, your office files, 
or something annoyingly small like your ID card or keys.

Then after spending all those good time you were happy to save in the morning to look for whatever you forgot,
you head back outside much later and the traffic has built up,
all roads blocked and you know that regardless of what you do from now, you’re already late.

Gbam! A bad day has started.

I'd like you to pause…
Take  a moment to sit down and breathe…

Learn to assess and accept the moment with all that has transpired
and understand that it is just an ordeal you’re going through to test your patience; a very important fruit of your spirit.

The tests of the spirit are carried out in various ways in our lives to exercise all the qualities we possess that make up the fruit of the spirit.

Paul the apostle writes in the Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness , gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Reading this verse in different versions of the bible, you would notice the word patience is often replaced with other deeper phrases like long-suffering, forbearance and so on in an attempt to explain the true meaning of that special quality.

But note that the bible calls it the ‘fruit’ (not fruits) of the spirit because ALL the qualities mentioned are expected to be readily available in every single fruit and not just some qualities.

Here is a simple example;

A fruit may have a greenish outer layer just like an orange, a yellowish juicy interior and may even taste quite as good as an orange. 
But without seeds (which possess qualities to be planted and yield more oranges), that fruit is not an orange.

So please understand that you need all the qualities of the fruit of the spirit present and in constant use by you in order to be 'full' of the spirit. 

Do not forget that these qualities are and will be duly tested from time to time to keep us ever ready and fully prepared for any trial the devil might set in our way.

So when the devil says hi, you respond to him by proving to him that you are unfazed by whatever challenge he has thrown at you.

The sun is still midway to its peak today.

There is still enough time to turn a bad day around.

Carpe diem.

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