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DIVINE INSPIRATIONS BY MARY EMEJI

These are spiritual reflections occasionally writing by Mary, which provide good food for the mind. Please read...

 

Monday 12th September 2011

Are you bearing the right fruits?

 

In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), Jesus tells us that the Father sows the seed of the Word of God in our hearts, and if this seed falls on good soil, it bears good fruits - some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred fold! What are these fruits? St. Paul explains that the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Humility and Self-control (Galatians 5:22). Those who live by the Spirit, as opposed to the fleshly nature, bear these fruits.

Here is the clear picture: God gives us His 'seed' when we read the Bible, listen to spiritual preaching or attend a church service. What we then do with that seed is up to us. We can either receive it on good soil by meditating on the Word and trying to live it, or we can simply put the Word aside and let it wither away, as with the seeds that fell on rocky ground, among thorns or along the path. Beloved, if we receive the seed of the Word of God into our hearts on good soil, and are indeed filled with the Holy Spirit, we should be producing good fruits by the way we live.

So let us look into our lives and decipher which fruits we are bearing. Let us learn and memorise these wonderful fruits of the Spirit, and then each day, direct our thoughts, words and actions in tune with these fruits. The constant question in our conscience should be "Am I showing the fruits of the Spirit in my thoughts, words and deeds?" We are being modelled into the image of Christ and it is only when we are fully producing the fruits of His Spirit that we are truly Christians! As Jesus says, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree is known by the fruit it bears." (Luke 6:43-44). So it is an impossible equation for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and yet be producing bad fruits of anger, jealously, immorality, drunkenness, idolatory, e.t.c (as listed in Galatians 5:19-21). Jesus clearly warns that "Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 7:19). Thankfully, the reward for bearing good fruits is eternal life! So let us bring out our fruit basket, and get rid of all the bad fruits and start filling it up today with good fruits - “fruits that will last” (John 15:16).

 

May the Lord give us His Grace, as we struggle to bear good fruits each day and may His Spirit direct us as we surge on on our Heavenly race!

 

 

Here is a poem from my book, THE LOVE OF GOD (2010)

 

FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Give me the fruit of Love

Deep within my heart,    

That I may seek not myself to please

But to others, give and forgive.

 

Give me the fruit of Joy

Deep within my heart,

That I may smile in every circumstance

And with joyous strength continue to advance.

 

Give me the fruit of Peace

Deep within my heart,

That I may be still in your divine presence

And submit my worries to your omniscience.

 

Give me the fruit of Patience

Deep within my heart,

That I may understand my neighbour’s imperfection

And bear my burdens with total resignation.

 

Give me the fruit of Kindness

Deep within my heart,

That I may assist the needy and the helpless

And consider my own needs much less.

 

Give me the fruit of Goodness

Deep within my heart,

That I may radiate your attribute in all I do,

And relate well with everyone, no matter who.

 

Give me the fruit of Faithfulness

Deep within my heart,

That I may always be true to you in my life

And submit to your divine will, like a good wife.

 

Give me the fruit of Humility

Deep within my heart,

That I may prefer to serve, than be served,

And let my boastful good works go unobserved.

 

Give me the fruit of Self-Control

Deep within my heart,

That I may withhold my emotions of fleshly nature,

But rather, live by these fruits that you give and nurture!

 

 

 


Sunday 18th September 2011


"Consecrate us in the Truth..." John 17:17


Jesus prayed, "Father...Consecrate them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth." (John 17:17), and He declared before Pilate, "I was born for this. I came into the world for this; to bear witness to the Truth. Those who hear the Truth, hear my voice." (John 18:37) What is the 'Truth'? It is the Word of God from A to Z, contained in the Holy Bible. When we read God's Word, His Spirit interprets it in our minds and thus we are consecrated in the Truth. "When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will lead you to the complete truth." (John 16:13) Beloved, we have received the Holy Spirit by Grace and can joyfully acclaim, "I prayed, and understanding was given me; I entreated, and the Spirit of Wisdom came to me." (Wisdom 7:7)

However, do we hide this Truth and continue to live on human perceptions, or do we apply the Truth to our daily lives? The Bible should be our dictionary for interpreting every single situation that occurs in our lives, whether good or bad. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path."(Psalm 119:105). Being fully consecrated, baptised and immersed in the Truth, we should no longer be deceived by the lies of the evil one. We must use the Word of God daily as our sword and shield. As St. Paul says, "Put on the whole armour of God so that you can stand up against the 'tricks' of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:11). The devil often seeks to use our circumstances/ problems to make us loose faith, by painting a 'hopeless' picture in our minds. We must resist these pranks, by wearing the 'eyeglasses' of God's Word and seeing our situation as God sees it.

So when next you feel sad or depressed, fight back with the words "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise always on my lips." (Psalm 34:1), "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say: rejoice!" (Philippians 3:4) When you feel sick or afflicted, remember the multitudes that Jesus healed in the bible, and claim your healing, "By His stripes, we have been healed!" (Isaiah 53:5). 

When you're hungry or lacking, remember the feeding of the 5000, and that your heavenly Father cares for you more than the birds of the air and the lilies in the field. What Father will give his son a stone, when he asks for bread? So ask in Faith today, and you shall receive! (See Matthew 7:7-11). When you are afraid, troubled or anxious, hold on to His very words "Courage! Do not be afraid." (Matthew 14:27), "I am with you always; Yes, to the end of time."(Matthew 28:20) When you feel it's humanly sensible to repay someone who hurt you, resist with the words of Jesus "Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you." (Matthew 5:44). Every life situation has its answer in the Holy Bible.
So arm yourself everyday with the Word of God, and start to live your life to the full, because the promises of God will surely be fulfilled in your life. "I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). Believe Him and be richly blessed. Truly, the Joy of the Lord is our strength! 


 


Monday 26th September 2011

 

"If you love me, keep my Word..." (John 14:23-24).

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home in him." (John 14:23). Rephrased in the negative form, this will read "If you don't keep my Word, you don't love me (no matter how much you pray or go to church) and my Father and I will not live in you." In essence, whenever we are not doing God's Will, or habitually breaking His commandments we really do not love Him and He lives not in us. Beloved, are we mere Christians by word of mouth or practical doers of His Word? Take a look at the story in Matthew 21:28-32, where a father asks his two sons to go and work in his vineyard. Notice that Jesus commends the first son who said "I will not go", but later went; and He condemns the second son who said "I will certainly go", but never did. Indeed, actions speak much louder than words! So let us reflect on our lives today and pick out those parts that are clearly in breach of God's commandments and desist from disobeying Him. Remember we are only living for Christ, not for ourselves. So if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off. If you're sinning because 'everyone is doing it' or 'it doesn't really matter, God will understand', I tell you God never understands or partakes in sin. His commandments are clear. So please let us prove that we love God by the way we live, not just by the things we say. As St. James rightly said, "Faith without works, is dead." (James 2:20). Let us heed our Saviour's warning that "Not all who call me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the Will of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21). You either love God or you don't; there is no hanging line in-between. May God give us His Grace as we continue to strive on the heavenly path.