*DAILY DEW 30TH/MAY/2021* *FRUITS BEFORE GIFTS* _Key Bible Text:_ *Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.* (Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV)) _Bible Insight:_ As powerful and as needful as the gifts of the Holy Spirit are, we must understand that they must not be used as an excuse for the manifestation of fruits of the Spirit. To walk in the fruits of the Spirit is arguably more important in terms of how they help one align with the fullness of salvation. The place of gifts cannot be overemphasized with respect of service in the body of Christ. Let's say Brother Emmanuel is a believer who is equipped with the gifts of Tongues and Healing, for instance, but hardly controls his anger and is short on patience. He will most likely still be very influential in the local assembly because of His healing gifts especially. On the other hand, Sister Grace, a believer who is fully practiced and established in the nine fruits of the Spirit, without any gifts, may be quite respected but not as influential as Brother Emmanuel who has two gifts. Here is the problem, neither of these two believers are fully matured in Christ. In Christ, there is both fruits and gifts fully at work. Hence, the goal is to strive to walk in the fruits of the Spirit even as we continue to seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that comes by the manifestation of the gifts. Whereas the fruits are compulsory for every believer and actually a sign of genuine salvation in Christ, the Gifts are distributed only at the discretion of the Holy Spirit and based on the hunger and thirst of individual believers. MEDITATION: *But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these.* (Galatians 5:22-23) *#David_Joshua_Egbochuo* *#Sunday_wisdomforliving* *#Becoming_More_Like_Jesus* *#Wonders_of_Grace* *#Hello_May* ❤ *NEWS FLASH:* 🥳🥳 Links To Visit: *Podcast:* anchor.fm/daily-dew-devotional/episodes/TROUBLED-elli7h *FB Pages* www.facebook.com/DavidJoshuaEgbochuo/ www.facebook.com/thedavidgen/ www.facebook.com/THEREVIVALCORPS/ *DDDblog* dailydewdevotion.blogspot.com/2021/05/fruits-before-gifts.html *Telegram Group:* t.me/joinchat/NzXQlVc9Hx7LfaRSnh9fHg Feel Free to Share with Friends. God bless you.