Fruits of the Spirit

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Have you noticed that there seems to be an extraordinarily large emphasis on spiritual gifts today? You hardly ever hear anyone talking about spiritual fruit anymore. While I believe these spiritual gifts serve an important purpose in the Body of Christ, I want you to be equally (if not more) aware of the fruit of the Holy Spirit and how important it is to understand what God is doing in your very own life.

The ministry of the Holy Spirit manifesting His fruit in us is far more important than any spiritual gift. Many people continue to seek the power and manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, but they do not place a priority on the call of every believer to a holy life. Our desire should be to earnestly seek "the Giver and not the gifts" then "all these things (Christ-like qualities) shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33) through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Regardless of what anyone says God still frowns on sin and has called us to be conformed to the image of His dear Son.

We must remember that gifts are given, but spiritual fruit is developed. The fruit of the Spirit (also known as our Spiritual Medicine Chest) comes to us when we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour; however, it only comes as a small seed which must be nurtured and developed in our lives (or watered) through prayer, by reading the Word, and by putting faith into action. If Christ is in us, then we should be Christlike. The fruit of the Spirit is the display of the character of Christ. It is His presence within us that enables us develop the spiritual fruit in our lives.

I find it quite fascinating that the Bible both begins and ends talking about fruit. "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man saying, 'Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat'..." --- Genesis 2:15-16 "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." --- Revelation 22:1-2

God's Divine Purpose

God's divine purpose for your life is for you to bear spiritual fruit. Your relationship to Jesus is described in John 15:5 in this way, "He is the vine, and we are the branches."

Again in John 15:16 the Bible declares, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you."

In order to bear this fruit, you must be planted and properly rooted spiritually: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (Psalm 1:1-3).

If you want to bear spiritual fruit, then you must reject sin, walk in holiness, and delight in God's law. You must also be planted in the house of God - connected to the Body of Christ.

Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to "forsake the assembling of ourselves together" and Psalm 92:13-14 tells us that: "Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing...".

A Supernatural Process

Bearing fruit is a supernatural process. Jesus produces the fruit and we bear it. The Father is the divine Gardener who supervises the process: "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth...
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