“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature together with its passions and appetites. (Gal 5:22)

I know that for many of you, yesterday's message brought about the question, "But what about my rights?"

So let's explore that angle, and rather than me droning on, I'll let you read a great interview with Jordan Peterson on "Rights, rights and rights since 1960."

Since 1960, we’ve insisted that the purpose of your life is a kind of hedonistic happiness, that you have rights, which includes the rights to that hedonistic happiness – which capitalistic marketers certainly capitalize on that just as much as the governmental tyrants, “rights, rights, rights – I want what I want, and right now!” That's the idea of infantile consumption fundamentally.

Well, you have rights for a particular reason, and the reason you have rights is so that you can shoulder your responsibilities. And you might say, well I don’t want to shoulder my responsibilities, but that’s where all the meaning in your life is. And so, when I tell people this, the audiences always go dead silent, it’s where the adventure in your life will be found – in responsibility! Noone ever hears that. We haven’t told young people that for like 60/70 years.

You pick up the cross and shoulder it uphill because that’s where all the meaning in your life is will be derived from. It’s in the difficulty, it’s in the responsibility. It’s not in the hedonistic self-gratification that won’t even satisfy a two-year old – not in the final analysis.

People now just get what they want all the time –immediately, but it’s not that which ennobles their character...

For me, I can totally agree with these statements. The older I get, the more I feel that GOD is more interested in my 'character,' [i.e. the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual], than in my 'performance'.

As my dear friend Sarah (nee Purnell) would aptly say, "Who you are when no one's looking is far more important to GOD than the face you put on!"

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.” (Rev 2:11‬) ❤️



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