Day TWO: Oct 18-24

Mission and Vision Part 5: BECOME

Good morning or good afternoon or good evening! Again, be sure you’re in a quiet spot and have 10 minutes so you can focus on what God wants to say to you today. 

On Sunday, I suggested that you are designed to be a person of love. That love is summarized by Paul:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22–23 (NASB)

The Spirit of God is seeking to produce fruit in you—all of the things that are listed above. And, you’re created to express this fruit. Let that sink in: you are designed to be these things.

On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being high, evaluate yourself on the following:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Which ones did you rate yourself highly? Take a moment and thank God for this fruit. This is his design in you. The blueprint of your Mind, Body and Soul is to be a person of love. The good fruit you’re expressing means there are aspects of your mind, body and soul that are aligned and in harmony as God intended. 

But, all of us have some areas of our Mind, Body and Soul that are out of alignment. Which areas of maturity are you low in?

Do not despise your weakness. Rather, allow this weakness to point you to God. Whichever 3 fruits are lowest, do not feel shame, but accept this awareness as a path towards God’s love and healing power. 

Sit with your weakness for a moment. 

Read out loud what Paul wrote:

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NASB)

Today, you are not complete, but your awareness of weakness presents for you a choice—will you humble yourself and ask God to reign more completely in you? Or, will you deny your weakness and develop deeper pride?

Choose well. I suggest choosing humility—which keeps you in the river of his love. 

Say a prayer that invites the Holy Spirit to give you courage to face your weaknesses.

Isaac Hovet
Isaac Hovet

Isaac has been the Lead Pastor at New Hope since 2016. He graduated from Life Pacific University and has served in numerous roles including his previous role as Lead Pastor at Cottage Grove Faith Center in Cottage Grove Oregon. Isaac is married to Donia, and together they have three children.

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