Walking in the Fruit- In His Word 6-7-2021


Walking in the Fruit- In His Word 6-7-2021


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:21-23

The Word tells us here that we the Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives, and then again, we are also told to be fruitful and multiply. Many times, when I hear this taught, I hear that we get the fruit, but yesterday when my pastor was sharing about a trip to gather some cherries from an orchard, I had a thought about this fruit we have been given, or that has been produced in us. It is not for us! Think about this; the tree produces the fruit that in turn feeds people but can also grow more trees as well.

So, if you think about it that way, we have had the fruit in us cultivated and produced by the Holy Spirit and we grow. When we grow our fruits, it shows that God is with us, or in us, part of us, and we are a part of Him. That fruit that is now in us growing with each time we read the Word or pray, is not there just for us. It is in us so that we can share the fruit!

It is really easy to become prideful of the progress we make as we overcome things in life, we can even become self-seeking as we try to gain more of the fruits of the spirit mentioned above.  In face in my newness of Christ back in the day I thought I was supposed to accumulate this list of fruits. I figured I had to achieve each one; love-check, joy- check! etc. It is totally not that way, but it is a fun adventure that we can go on seeking such things. Now that we have them though, what do we do with them? Do we just sit there and say, “I have love, joy, peace, etc. I am good now I can do anything, or I am a great person.”?  No. We are to use them each in the proper situation. Goodness and self-control being some of the hardest things to reproduce; they are next to impossible without the Lord, but with the Spirit of the Lord we can do all things.

But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.  Revelations 2:6-7

We need to figure out how to use our fruit for His glory. God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. We can do that too, even if we do not have babies to add to the human populations physically, we can be fruitful by sharing the fruits of the Spirit with others around us. We are growing those fruits within us as we become more like Christ Jesus Himself.

When the fruit ripens on our trees, we pick it and eat it. Or if there is too many for us to eat ourselves, we pass it on. It is time to be nourished and to nourish others via the Holy Spirit Fruit within us. Just as He has brought forth this fruit via the Hoy Spirit in us, we can share the properties we have now gained with others. How can we do this? With the help of that very same Spirit, whom we serve in goodness with self-control.

                Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this.  You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So, I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.   1 Corinthians 12:1-3-5

It is kind of like that, we serve them with kindness, hope, joy, peace, using level-headed forgiveness, admonishing them with love, kindness, gently sharing the love of Christ with them through the Spirit within us. The fruit of the Spirit also reminds us that it is not about us, it being the list, the gifts, the fruits, but they are given to us that we may help others to grow to know Him, to be loved by Him and to live with Him in their lives forever as well. In Jesus’ name we can walk in the Spirit, when the fruits are produced and we reproduce them to give them out, they can continue to do the same. You know it’s that old adage that you give something, then they give something etc. Like the mirror of mirrors effect but that image in the mirror is Jesus.

But how? Did any of the men I sent to you take advantage of you?  When I urged Titus to visit you and sent our other brother with him, did Titus take advantage of you? No! For we have the same spirit and walk in each other’s steps, doing things the same way. Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you. 2 Corinthians 12:17-19


So, we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, Colossians 1:9-11

Please the Lord today, produce the fruits, and live a better life, in Jesus’ name, amen.