Romans 14:17 
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

I want to leave you with this last thought because you may still be thinking, but there are so many areas I still fall short in and I need to change.  Perhaps you recognize you need to be more patient with your spouse, or be gentler with your children, or even just be more concerned with a lost and dying world instead of your own little world.  Let me encourage you with this, the Holy Spirit is such a wonderful helper.  He knows all of the areas that you need to grow in, and if you will invite Him to help you, He surely will.  Every day I say, "Holy Spirit you are my helper, I need your help today and I invite you to interrupt me at any point in my day to show me adjustments that I need to make."  That is exactly what happened with our daughter, He kindly interrupted me and said, "MOST IMPORTANTLY, Jesus loves her".  What I absolutely adore about the Holy Spirit is that when He corrects you, two things happen, 1.  The correction from Him is so filled with love it is nearly impossible to resist and 2. You are empowered to make a PERMANENT change.  Self-efforts will produce only temporary changes because they do not proceed from the heart, they proceed from a works based mentality, but by the power of the Holy Spirit, you can have a permanent change because the heart is changed.  That is the inward work I am talking about that will produce the outward work you are desiring.  This only comes by renewing your mind in the Word daily so that HIS THOUGHTS can become your thoughts, and as you do that, you give the Holy Spirit something to work with, because after all He takes the things of Jesus (The Word) and reveals them to you (John 16:14).  This is how you will know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to you because He always says what the Word says.  Here is a little indicator to know if your actions are faith-based or works based.  Faith-based actions because of Christ at work within you are joyous and light and easy, works based actions in order to try to please God are absolute drudgery and there is zero Holy Ghost joy involved.  After all the Kingdom of God is not a matter of meat and drink (rules and regulations to make God happy) but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (that inward work of Christ in you) (Romans 14:17). Take time today to focus on and magnify what Jesus has DONE FOR YOU.   When life seems tough and hard, you are focused on something besides Jesus and what He has done for you, because He said my yoke is light and easy! Focus on Him by renewing your mind with the Word of God, specifically in the area of all that He has done for you!

-Ashley Robbins

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