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"Honoring God in the Morning"
|And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of Witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the Testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.|
|Not only did Aaron’s rod blossom, but it yielded fruit. So too, no one before Jesus and no one since Him has borne the fruit of the Spirit like He did. He perfectly personified a love characterized by joy, peace, and longsuffering; gentleness, goodness, and faith; and meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:22).|
Second, we can recognize those to whom we are to be linked, those to whom we are to listen, those to whom we are to submit by the presence of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
Mom and Dad, if you’re wishing you had more impact on your teenage daughter or junior high grandson, the key is not to beat them with the rod, but to let them see your passion for God, to let them see the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Kids and adults alike can sense if a person is walking with the Lord and is full of the Spirit because such a life manifests itself in love.
When you have decisions to make about people who claim to have authority, remember Numbers 17 and look for the budding, the blossoming, and the fruit.