A Word of Encouragement Series

Welcome to The 9 NOW, a series from the WOE Writer.  If you are new to the WOE Writer, this Word of Encouragement will help you to think, see, and hear things differently and most importantly, respond differently to your situations from an encouraged heart.  A few weeks ago, while praying before church, I was asking God to lead me on how to serve the church in the prayer ministry and what to focus on. His response was, "Focus on the 9 Now."  I responded with, "what 9?" He then led me to Galatians 5:22-24 and said "Focus on the 9 Fruits of the Spirit Now."

Each week we will explore a few of the attributes of the Holy Spirit and how our response from His guidance can transform our lives.  I hope to encourage you to make your default response from flesh to Spirit.  Take for example: Have you ever been cut off in traffic? Who responded, flesh or Spirit?  Have you experienced the news of a loved one coming down with an illness? Who responded, flesh or Spirit? Have you been promoted at work? Who responded, flesh or Spirit?

Every opportunity in life is an opportunity to respond by the indulgences of the flesh or the control of the Spirit (Galatians 5:25 "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit"). Prayer is our practice to succeeding and defaulting our response.  Without prayer and practice, the flesh wins.  But with Prayer and practice, the Spirit of God responds out of Power, Love, and Sound Mind. 

If you are ready to experience the Spirit of God in a real and practical way, subscribe to this blog (WOE Writer) and you will receive The 9 NOW Series for the next 4 weeks.  To make this truly powerful, I encourage you to post in the comments field a short story, favorite quote, or scripture on how God is moving in your life with the 9 Fruits of the Spirit:

Chris Hewitt, The WOE Writer