Are you experiencing the Fruit of the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit enters our spirit and gives us new life.
But He also brings us faith: the ability to believe God, trust Him, and follow Him.
It requires us to use what He gives, but it is in our life, if we so choose.
The method of this is to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
When He says to wait, we wait. Patience is given and we can wait as long as He wants.
When He says to love, not hate. That love is given by the Holy Spirit within, and as we yield to Him, we can experience that, in place of the anger and bitterness, which would come in certain circumstances.
When He says to quiet yourself in peace. His peace can take over the maddening shouts, the chaos, and the fear in your soul, and quiet restful peace reigns in any circumstances.
We must also say: If we yield, it is so.
If we hesitate, hold out for our own way, or give in to self expressions of anger, bitterness, fear, or self glorification: We quench the Holy Spirit, and His power is withheld.
Then we stand in the precarious position of facing the circumstances, without God’s power.
Galatians 5:25-26 “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
When Paul says “we live in the Spirit”, he means that we are born again, alive to the newness of Christ’s life within us.
So he says we should walk in the Spirit; or experience that life of Christ’s in our everyday walk.
This is by yielding to the Spirit of God, in every aspect of your life’s circumstances.
Paul says that we should not be desirous of vain glory. To look out for #1. That is to desire that you will be noticed, appreciated, respected above others.
Is that so bad?
When the heart is full of myself, My place in society, my goals, my attainments; we are not full of the Holy Spirit.
We are not to provoke one another. Simply seek the peaceable things to talk about. Try not to start a fight. (There is defending the faith, but that is not contentious, but:
2 Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient;
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And that they may recover themselves out the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”)
And Paul says we are not to envy one another. Envy is often thought light of in this day; but to envy in the Greek means to shrivel away, or pine for something someone else has. To place yourself in the position, that the Adversary of our souls can tempt you to think harshly of God’s Will and Way for you.
Are you yielding to the Spirit of God within you? You can have all He wants to give, if you will.