It never ceases to amaze me when God speaks. Not that I think of Him as non-verbal, but just that He speaks to me is … well it kind of leaves me speechless and a little giddy.
Yesterday, I was thanking God for “cake,” which is basically life and breath, right? And “icing”, which is literally everything else – from salvation to the food in the pantry (still not sure if people still use those).
This morning as I was taking my own advice (or really, His advice), the Spirit added to the metaphor which scared me a little. I wasn’t expecting to be interrupted, but I said again – laughing a little at the silliness of our inside joke, “Thank You for cake, and thank You for icing,” and the Spirit dropped, “and the filling…”
Which immediately caused a slight bout of laughter and fear. But He was right, I was leaving out the filling! Obviously the filling is the Holy Spirit, but He went further. The filling is a fruit filling (giggle).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”Galatians 5:22
Filling either makes or breaks the flavor of a cake, right? In the same way, our filling makes or breaks our cake (life) and icing (salvation and blessing). If we are filled with the works of the flesh, life is gonna be pretty yucky. It’ll stink and there will be little to no blessing because blessing doesn’t follow sin (by law of nature in a sense).
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”Galatians 5:19-21
Even a hint of any of these will ruin our “flavor”. The Bible says, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9.
**Sidebar: I am currently studying Proverbs and the pastoral books. Galatians hasn’t been read for at least a few weeks. This just goes to show that what you put in, the Spirit will use to speak to you. Read your Bible.**
A pinch of unrepented jealousy, a dash of idolatry, a tablespoon of drunkenness, or even a smidge of impurity will ruin our “cake”. We must be filled with the fruit of the Spirit for our flavor to be pleasing to the Lord and to others.
God is faithful to give us this fruit filling when we invite Him into our lives. It’s our job to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Anything we add to the fruit filling will mess with the good flavor He created us for. Anything sinful (even a small amount) will overpower the good. God is grace and love covers a multitude of sins, but we can’t take advantage of that.
What’s your filling? Are you missing one of those ingredients of the fruit of the spirit? Pray and ask God to help you add it to your life. Are you engaging in any of the sinful activities listed or are you struggling with one or more of them? Repent. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you from it, then ask Him to fill you with the fruit filling to take its place.
Thank You for cake, for icing, AND for the filling, Lord!!!