But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.
It’s a bit of a verse that kind of cut off there. It’s a larger passage, but what I liked most about this verse was that it said, by building yourself up, and the world-building is what stood out to me. So I went in, read the same version, many different versions, and the word build comes up in every single version.
And what I love about the word build is that it builds off what we talked about yesterday, which was to have faith for today. So to finish the race today, that’s what we talked about yesterday, but today I wanted to talk about how some days we will have more faith than others, but overall as time progresses and as we get closer and as we build our relationship with Christ, we will build up our faith as well. And this verse has to build up in our most holy faith, meaning there are levels to faith. And as we continue to grow deeper in our relationship with Christ, and as we can continue to grow deeper in our understandings and the ways of Christianity, we will learn how to become more holy. And to do so, we must lean on the Holy Spirit because he resides inside us. He is our lifeline.
He is the divine within, and the Holy Spirit yields fruit. So when we lean on him and pour into the Spirit, the Spirit gives us something in return. And according to Galatians 5:22–23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control against such things.
There is no law. These are my two favorite verses in the Bible. They are staples in my life, and I continuously go back to them when I am frustrated, angry when I don’t feeling like I have a lot of faith in whatever I am facing for the days that I’m depleted of energy. These are the fruits that I want to be using in my life every day. So I always look to them. I always ask myself, How can I express more love? How can I hold on to joy? Where am I letting peace escape me? How can I be more kind? Where’s the gentleness? I want to be more gentle with the people around me. I don’t want to be so sharp with them. I have self-control. It is a gift given to me by the Holy Spirit. So all of these things, if we just look at them, and we hold on to them, and we apply them, we will grow in our faith. And as we said, we will continue to build on our faith and, with time, will say that we will have our most holy faith.
So today, we are focused on building holy faith, and in order to do so, we must be praying in the Holy Spirit.
Father God, we love you so much, and we thank you for the Spirit. Lord, we thank you for the Holy Ghost that lives within the Holy Ghost that dwells within our hearts. Lord, You are our Victor. You are our leader. You are the one who nudges us. You are the voice inside that gives us holy thoughts or stuff. It’s not a holy thought. We know it’s not coming from you. So today, we hold on to the Holy Spirit. Today we hold on to the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We want to be full of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We asked for a beautiful Thursday; we pray this all in your son’s holy and mighty name. Amen.