The fruit of the Spirit

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(Fifth part) 

Memory verse (Gal5; 22-23): “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law ”.

The activity and communion with the Holy Spirit in our lives empowers our spirit man to destroy selfishness and produces in us the self-less nature of God. The Holy Spirit produces in us the ability to have dominion over the flesh. The Holy Spirit produces in us the desire to depend on God instead of self-dependence. The Holy Spirit produces in us the desire for God’s will instead of our selfish ambitions. The Holy Spirit helps us to become spirit controlled instead of fleshly controlled. Paul made this amazing victory over self: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Gal2: 20). Christianity is about God delivering us from being controlled by our fleshly lusts like beasts and desires of our minds to follow the world and begin to be led and controlled by his Spirit. The scripture teaches that when the Holy Spirit leads us, we begin to enjoy life and peace of God (Rom8: 6). Worldly and carnal believers cannot know the life, joy and peace of God.

The Holy Spirit brings our thoughts, emotions, decisions and feelings to be subject to the will of God. Only the Holy Spirit can help you to put to death the works of the flesh (Rom8: 13). What a life to live my friends, when the emotions no longer control us! When anger, lust, our thoughts, laziness is under our feet! We can then do what our spirits know to do as God’s will. Without the activity of the Holy Sprit in our lives, life can be confusing, frustrating and full of accidents just because the desires of the flesh and the drives of you minds can’t let you do what you know as right to do. When you allow your flesh to control you and your mind to be controlled by the world, your destiny will be high jacked. You will miss out on the joy and peace of God. Your marriage and family will be full of troubles because of the untamed flesh. You will lose vital people in your life because your self left uncontrolled will try to control other people. Beloved, thank God, you can put your flesh under subjection of your spirit by the Holy Spirit.

Tomorrow’s subject: “Communion with the Holy Spirit

               
         
               

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