March 17, 2024 – 03/17/2024  3 – Perfect Completion17 – Overcoming Victory

James 3:17 (NKJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.


The precious Helper of God, the Holy Spirit whom God sent to help us, produces this fruit in our lives: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

As I ponder the scripture of James 3:17, an old familiar nursery rhyme comes to mind. Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? My friends, the fruits of the Holy Spirit are often quite contrary to that of this world. In 2 Timothy, we are warned about the very days we are presently in.

2 Timothy 3:1-9 (NKJV) But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. 

The garden has two trees: the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. We are instructed and warned in Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV): 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Today, I encourage you to evaluate how your garden is growing. What tree are you eating from? Every fruit you consume produces fruit.

Declaration: Heavenly Father, I thank You that I was created in Your image, created in Christ Jesus for good works and good fruits; You prepared the fruits in the trees beforehand that I should walk in them. I want to bear the fruits of You and Your kingdom.