Superkid, this year I encourage you to live from the inside out. Stop picturing your guts on the outside of your body. OK, picture it just for a minute because that’s a funny thought….
Now let’s talk about what is on the inside of your born-again spirit. Or I should say, WHO is on the inside of your spirit! Say His Name with me, JESUS! That’s right! We all know He is in there, but I want to explore what that means, in real life. If we don’t know the power and help that is available to us and how to live our lives differently, we will not live in the victory He gave us when He died on the Cross. As believers in Jesus, Superkids all over the world can be GREAT not average, STRONG not weak and WIN not lose. Psalm 18:35 (The Passion Translation) says, “You empower me for victory with your wrap-around presence. Your power within makes me strong to subdue, and by stooping down in gentleness you strengthened me and made me great!”
This is what Jesus gives us when He comes to live in our hearts. His wraparound presence wraps us from the inside out and gives us a supernatural power to win. Jesus makes us strong and He makes us great. I like how the Bible says He stoops down in gentleness. Have you ever seen someone stoop down to help a child do something they were not big enough to do? Have you seen a mom or dad reach down to comfort a crying child? Jesus stooped down from heaven in gentleness to give us His strength. What a wonderful picture! He literally caused heaven’s best to be poured out in the earth so we could be just like Him. The powers Jesus poured into us are seen in the fruit of the spirit! You have probably learned about the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, (New Living Translation): “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
He wraps us in His arms with these FRUIT. I’m not talking apples and oranges here. The word fruit means, “anything produced, a product, result.” The Spirit of the Lord inside us shows up on the outside as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Sometimes it is hard to love people, but because Jesus put His love inside us, we can be as full of love as He is. (Remember that, when your brother or sister makes you mad!) Since love is listed first in these verses, let’s start with this fruit! Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (New King James Version).
Our hearts are FULL of the love of God! So when it’s hard to love or we run into problems, His love will not disappoint us if we choose to love with His love instead of getting upset, hurt or angry. If someone is mean to us, we can either get mad and be upset, or we can stop for a second and listen for the love of God to give us the words to say, or the courage to walk away. This will become easier every time we choose love.
Superkid, we are so full of the love of God that as we practice letting it show, it will become more and more natural to us. It will become our first reaction toward others, even when they are not loving to us.
Every time you say, “I love you,” do it on purpose! Think about where that love is coming from. If you practice saying it from your HEART, you will know the power of the Holy Spirit is packed into those three little words.
You’ve probably seen movies about true love. Well, you and I already have it! The love of God IS true love! 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT) says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Verses 7 and 8 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition say: “Its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].”
Love never fails! You walk around every day with this amazing hope and power on the inside. You are a POWERHOUSE, Superkid, filled with TRUE LOVE from heaven. I am excited about this year. I believe we will see more of Jesus as every day goes by!
I LOVE YOU! And I really, really mean it!
Commander Kellie ♥