We are often distracted from a focused purpose by daily concerns. But, think about it. If God has placed a purpose before you, He will be faithful to grant you His provision to progress in this purpose. Paul wrote that “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). If Jesus is your personal Savior, you, along with all believers, have this promise of provision for all your real needs. You can always count on God to supply all that is required to sustain you.
Let’s look at a simple list of God’s purpose for us in Galatians 5:22-23, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” Don’t we all hope to exhibit such character and obedience to God?
But, let’s face it, most of the times we stray from this standard because of sinful attitudes and reactions, not mere distraction. God knows sin can hinder the fulfillment of that plan. He has also made provision for you and me in the area of sin and temptation. As the apostle Paul explains, “God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). And, best of all God has provided us with His ultimate approval and the removal of our sin condition through Jesus Christ. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
Let this truth refresh your heart! God will not always remove your temptations because they make your faith in Him stronger as you resist. However, He does promise to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up under it. Whatever you do, don’t try to deal with your temptations alone. Through prayer, the assistance of God’s Word, and support from others, God provides the way for you to remain faithful when you are tempted. Count on it!
In addition, the fruit of the spirit is just that — a birthing of righteousness in our lives sourced from His power, similar to the fruit born from a tree. What magnificent promises of provision! He has a purpose for you, and you can move toward fulfilling it without fear or anxiety because of His guaranteed 100 percent provision – for all your needs. Whatever your need is today, whether it’s financial, physical, emotional, or spiritual, boldly take that need to God. Then stand back and behold as the Father helps birth in you the spiritual fruit purpose by supplying all your needs according to His riches in glory by and because of His Son, Jesus.
A Prayer to Pray: Jesus, I trust and thank you for your payment for my sin condition. Help me also to trust in your provision for temptations that pull me from the abundant life you have planned for me. May I look out and believe that you always provide an escape that benefits me and those around me.
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