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534. What Are We Producing

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Episode 534

TODAY’S READING

because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:20

I was looking at my life and everything that I am currently walking in. It’s probably the best season of my life to date. And I know that the best is yet to come. I truly do believe that. But what I was noticing is that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. And it’s so easy to get involved in human anger. Very easy to get offended. Especially with all, that’s going on in today’s society. It’s easy to get offended from both sides of the aisle. It is easy to get wrapped up in the drama and stress of the fast-moving or fast-paced environment that we live in. It is really easy to fall for the enemy’s schemes when it comes to jealousy. 

When it comes to feeling inadequate when it comes to feeling like you’re not enough and so those emotions can produce anger within us, and the anger doesn’t allow us to move. It doesn’t allow us to propel into the future. And so, this first really stood out to me says human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. So I’m not an angry person. I never really have been. But I know that anchor can show itself in many different fashions. It’s not just someone who yells or someone who explodes with all of this emotion. But anger can look very different. It can look very cool. It can be something that you’re simmering on without anybody realizing it. So I just wanted to speak to the fact that God is really good and what he deems righteousness. That is the fruit of the Spirit. That’s love, kindness, and gentleness; for parents, that is self-control. 

There are so many beautiful fruits of the Spirit, so I always go back to that. That’s always my measurement. You know, how am I doing in life? How am I doing with the fruits of the Spirit? What can I be doing better, and if I’m ever angry and I’m in an area of my life, I’d like to reevaluate that. I do attribute all of those small practices, the practice of going back to the Spirit, the practice of self-analyzing, the practice of reflective practice of meditating on his word, and the practice of praying day in and day out. I attribute the beautiful season I’m walking into that to the practice of his work day in and day out. And so, if today is your first time tuning in, I implore you to stick around and see how God continues to transform your life.

Prayer

Father God, we thank you for this beautiful Thursday. Lord, we thank you for the seasons we’re all walking in, some of us in the best seasons of our lives. Others of us might be walking through valleys of pain; the Lord, we know that you comfort us either way; we know that you are here for us. We know that you bless us. So we thank you for the day ahead of us. We thank you for the opportunities that you bring to us. And we ask you to continue to watch over us, protect us and provide for us. It is in your holy name that we pray. Amen.

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Hi, I'm Ali.
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I'm the coffee obsessed baker from Miami, FL who got too busy to find time to read scripture everyday. I knew my life was better with Jesus and I knew I wasn't the only one struggling with finding alone time with God every morning, so I put my dreams of opening a bakery aside and set out to produce a five minute daily devotional. What first started as an email chain, has now flourished into a beautiful community and I am so happy you are here!

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