9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
MODERATED BY: Fr Justin Nzekwe
DAILY THEME: Begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit
BIBLE PASSAGE: Galatians 5:16-25
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
REFLECTION: The journey in the light of the Spirit is a journey of self-emptying. If you are still ready to please your flesh, then you can’t harbor the Holy Spirit. The flesh and the Spirit are opposite forces that can never coexist. If you desire the Holy Spirit, then detest sin and self righteousness of any form. Build a fresh relationship with God through prayers and a love for the Word of God. Withdraw yourself to a reasonable extent from noisy places and avowed worldly friends. Change your priorities in life, and desire the things of the Spirit, and the Spirit will begin to bear fruit in you. You will begin to experience an inner joy, peace of the soul, contentment, pure love, and other great fruits. Begin the journey now!
PRAYER: Come Holy Spirit, I need you. Use me, possess me, overshadow me, consecrate me, work in me and through me. Fill me with your power and your unfathomable gifts. Recreate me that I may live a life in the spirit. Renew your church with the power of Pentecost, and revive me with the Pentecost experience. Come oh gift of Christ my Lord, so that I may never be left as an orphan. Build your home in me, make me a temple fit for thee. Come oh light divine, and dispel the darkness of my being. Come oh great intercessor and carry my prayers to God the Father in groans too deep for sound. Come oh tongues of fire and devour my fears, make me your worthy ambassador, and forever take control of my life. Amen.
CONFESS: Make me a new creature oh Holy Spirit. Help me to conquer my flesh and its luring power of sin. I have opened my heart to you today, come into me and bear fruit, the fruit that will endure.
***More prayers and meditation*** ***Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth***
***Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit……. (3x) ***
In the name of the Father and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.