On Character Growth


“Clementines As A ‘Type’ Of Holy Spirit’s Sanctification”

Another Patton Associates

In Canada, we have a class of orange which we call here, a “Clementine”. In South Africa, they call it a Naartjie. I love them because the are so wellness-enhancing! 

Clementines, if you’re not familiar with this fruit, are a man-made hybrid between a Mandarin and a Sweet Orange. You can see a pic and a fuller description  of one here.

Our Clementines peel very easily, unlike other oranges. Likewise, once one is peeled, the individual sections inside break apart very easily.

A Clementine is a non-messy way to eat an orange-like fruit. It’s juice does not spurt all over our hands or soil our clothing, as sometimes happens when eating other raw oranges.

When I first saw the above,  encouraging graphic of what I call my “Naartjie Fellow”, Holy Spirit brought to my mind a powerful, Jesus-following truth.

After a true Jesus Follower’s salvation, Holy Spirit comes to live in us. King Jesus then starts to change and heal us from the inside/out in the power of His Holy Spirit living in us forever. (1 Corinthians 6:19).

God deals with us in the same gentle, non-messy way as one is able to enjoy a Clementine. Holy Spirit does so, over time, as He performs our complete emotional, physical, spiritual, and volitional healing …which the Bible calls our ‘sanctification’ or set-apartness in Jesus. (Romans 6:11-14)

God, then daily, empowers us to carry-on, enjoying the abundant life which Jesus promises (John 10:10) in the power of Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20).

In the power of Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17& 25), we can choose to live abundantly and joyously, in faith, despite our problematic, human context (Ephesians 6:10-12). And Jesus repeatedly promises, we can ONLY do so, in faith, and despite the awful troubles which our ‘flesh’, the world, and the Devil bring (John 14:25-27 & 16:33).

True Jesus Followers are still further blessed. Even when God allows horrendous problems into our lives, He still promises that He will never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5b-6), and will encourage us as we endure through our trials (1 Corinthians 10:13 where ‘temptation’ also means ‘trials’, as in James 1:2).

Incredibly, our loving Heavenly Father also promises that, despite trials, plus the consequences of our own sins, He will, in due course, work everything for the best of everyone affected who loves Him and is called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28-39) …regardless of, and no matter, what happens.

We can receive everything the above Scriptures promise, but ONLY when we remember God’s warning,  in Hebrews 11:1 & 6. We must never go the way of the ancient Hebrews who failed to believe and act on the promise Solomon recorded in Proverbs 3:5-6:
“”Trust in God Almighty with everything you’ve got. Don’t even try and figure out what’s going on in your life. In everything you do, simply stay in intimate relationship with Him. Then, He will show you the next, best baby-step for you to take.” ~ gfp ’42™ (Patton Paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5-6)

Hallelujah! What a savior! (https://youtu.be/JqaeYzM_Rl8)

Please let me have your questions and comments below about what you’d add to, or disagree with, about the above.  Also, let me know how else I might be useful to you in any way?

Blessings in Jesus all …’till next we interact!

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