Day 67: March 8, 2023

The Divine Deposits

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23, ESV)

For Insight

As we abide in the Lord and being submitted to the Holy Spirit, His fruit is filling us up and we are taking on a new nature and attitude. We’ll notice a change in our character for the better. A shift in our attitude; we are more peaceful or less negative. A change in our thinking—we become less pessimistic and more encouraging. A balance of our emotions—we are no longer struggling with deep discouragement or feeling blue all the time. We can tell something new is happening within our spirit as though we have come alive, and the darkness has banished. This is a joyful time, and we are feeling strengthened and more confident of living life without so much emotional or spiritual baggage to weigh us down.

I like to call this part of the “Divine Deposits” we are receiving from abiding. If you garden, you may think of how your indoor or outdoor plants take on a new luster, the stems become stronger, the leaves healthier once you discover that just-right blend of sun, water, and nutrients. That’s what happens in a believer’s life when they are abiding in Christ and under the Spirit’s control.  

The divine deposits in a believer’s life cause changes from inside and manifest outwardly. They are evident in every area, and we can see and feel the difference but so can others. They are not just for show, like expensive crystal we sit high upon a shelf, not to be touched, only for looking at. But they are given for use. They are strong and can endure. They are meant for empowerment, edification, and the glorification of God.

Divine deposits should be followed by action. We’ve been given something good that have potential to be life and path changing and they should not lie dormant or go unused. They are going to get some bumps and bruises. They are going to have some scuff marks. If the deposit of patience is showing in you, it did not come by taking a chewable gummy, but came through trying situations.

If the deposit of forgiveness is glowing, it did not get there by reading a few Bible verses but by living through some painful situations that made you struggle.

If the deposit of peace is flowing out of you then it must have come through knowing personally what inner unrest and turmoil is like.

If the deposit of the “love that covers all wrong,” has manifested itself in your spirit then it must have come through your love being tested, maybe even experience a broken heart from someone still growing up and learning how to love you correctly.

If the deposit of self-control has emerged, then it must have come through knowing some times in your life where your out-of-control behavior did more harm than good.

If the deposit of joy is shining so bright people need sunglasses to gaze upon your countenance, then you must have known times in your life where all you had were sorrow and tears were your food day and night.    

As a gardener you may know even the most beautiful, bold, and brilliant flowers in your garden have been through a lot of dirt to get that way.  

The Holy Spirit will continue to add to his divine deposits in you and Jesus will continue pouring into you and being that strong, unmovable Vine you can abide in and receive the strength you need. Imagine this: as good as you are right now you will only get better from here.            

Gracious Father, I know you are watching me as my branch gets heavier with spiritual fruit. I don’t want to disappoint you or let the divine deposits go to waste but I will use them knowing I can’t possibly use them up. Amen  

Application

What fruit is showing through? How are you putting it to use? What difference is it making in your life or the lives of others?

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