“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
We who are in Christ are blessed with the fruits of the Spirit. And of course, these fruits (listed above) should be displayed in our daily lives as well. So, the first fruit we come to is LOVE. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31) Next, we have JOY. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11) Then we have PEACE: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) Then of course we read of all the other fruits which are: patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. All of these are essential for us to have a sound Christian walk.
So, having said all that, we should be examining our own lives to see if we are displaying all the fruits of the Spirit. Because even though we may be doing great works for the Lord, it could profit us nothing if we’re doing it with the wrong motivation. For the Paul the Apostle said: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
Also, let’s take heed to what Jesus said: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 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 7:21-23) So fellow Christians, we must do everything with the motivation of love. For if we do anything to bring glory and attention to ourselves, then it’s not going to profit us in the end. So, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:1-4) Amen.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)
Now we come to the Gifts of the Spirit which are given to us from God. First, we read that Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater worksthan these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)
Wow, Jesus said we would be doing even greater works than what he was doing. And we can see this to be true where we read: “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” (Acts 19:11-12) As well as: “And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid [them] on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.” (Acts 5:14-16) So, we read that they were all healed. So great was the faith of these early believers. God help us today to be such as they.
Now, during one of Peter sermons, three thousand souls were saved. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:38-41) Now that’s impressive. However, we must give God all the glory and praise in acts such as these.
So, we can see that our lives should be displaying all the fruits of the Spirit. Also, we should be practicing all the gifts of the Spirit as well. And let’s remember that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ felt it necessary to validate what he was doing with miracles, how much more do we. So, let’s not falsely believe that they’re no longer necessary. Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, these gifts are still available for us today just as they were back in Jesus and the early church time. So, let’s pray that God gives us the strength to walk in the Spirit and the ability to step out in faith, trusting Him to do His work through us. Amen.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (Hebrews 4:9-11)
When you think of someone that’s resting, what example comes to mind? Could it be a person kicking back under a shady tree with a hat pulled over their face? Or even better yet, could it be someone on a vacation getaway relaxing on a white sandy beach on some remote island? Well, even though these may be a good example, the real truth may be just the opposite of what you think. You see, being under a shady tree or on a get-away vacation doesn’t promise relieve from anxieties, feelings of restlessness or fears. Because no matter where you’re at, your problems will still follow you.
So then, true rest is not that outward condition as we read above, but that inward condition which is of the heart. For it only can come from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, given comfort and hope regardless of our outward condition. Oh, what peace and joy we have in Jesus, for in him we have true rest indeed. So, why not put all your trust in God and let Him lead the way for you. Remember, the Father truly knows best and he will direct all your paths by his Son Jesus as quoted above.
Below, you will find some scriptures on this topic of peace, hope and rest:
God’s word can surely keep you on the right path. For we first we must keep our mind stayed on God at all times, trusting him in every situation. For if we will do this, we can be sure that He will fill us with his perfect peace. Next, we must completely rely on Him to show us the way and the path we must take. So many times, we can lean on our own understanding and depart from the truth of God’s word. And finally, it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find true rest through all of this. We need not struggle and try to work our way into heaven, but allow him to show us the way. For we are “a work in progress,” learning the truth as we walk in the Holy Spirit. So, the more we keep our mind on the Lord, the more we can't help but fall deeper in love with him, and the deeper we fall in love with him, the more we can't help but keep our mind on him. Amen.
Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
“Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
According to the “Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon” and “Strong’s Definitions,” the Hebrew word for “he will joy” in the passage above means to get joyful, even to dance, leap for joy or to spin around. Now, we need to remember that this passage is speaking about our God and Creator. Can you grasp the reality of our God and Father singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? Yet, we read that He does over his creation whom he loves. So, we should do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who want to stripe us of all joy and pleasure.
Now, if God shows this kind of emotion over us, shouldn’t we be singing and getting emotional over him as well? We need to be rejoicing over the fact that he is our awesome God and Creator. For: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11) And not only that, but we who are in Christ Jesus will be spending eternity with Him in paradise. Oh, how wonderful that day will be!
“And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14)
So, when it comes to worshiping our God, how many of us actually show any kind of emotions for Him? Oh, what is wrong with us fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Do not believe the lie that we must be reserved when it comes to worshiping our God. We do need to be rejoicing and praising him with our whole being, for our God is so worthy. So, let's truly get excited over our Awesome God and be in love with him always. Amen.
Okay, I know if you totally let loose at your next church gathering, they may escort you out the door. But it only takes a few people excited about God to get others going as well. So, go ahead and start showing a bit more excitement at your next assembly. Who knows, maybe eventually you will have the whole church dancing to the Lord. For His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody would catch it.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)
“Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.” (Proverbs 8:30-31)
Now, there are a few learned men who claim that this scripture above is referring to Jesus himself. So, because I don’t see myself as a biblical scholar, I can only show what these “three witness” proclaim as true. And what I do find interesting is that it says: “and my delights were with the sons of men.” Below are the comments of these learned men.
“Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
Above is another passage that has more than one witness proclaiming its meaning. Below are some learned men who say that this passage above is in reference to the nail scared hands of our Savior Jesus Christ.
“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21)
So, in conclusion to all this, let us always remember how much Jesus loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) And let’s always remember that he rose victoriously and overcame the grave. Let us also thank the Father for his Holy Spirit who indwells in us believers. (1 Corinthians 6:19) We were bought at a price, so let us set our mind and heart always on God, living a life that totally glorifies him. Amen. (Colossians 3:1-3)
Therefore, let’s make sure the world experiences and sees our love and oneness with God and with each other. This we should do so that they may know that Jesus Christ dwells in us. (John 17:21-23) And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Jesus shine in our hearts as we tell the world about him. Our prayer and hope should always be that those who see us would see God in us. And those who hear us would hear Christ speaking through us. And those who know us would know that his Spirit dwells is in us, and that they would crave what we have. Amen.
It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love; once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing “It’s fresh like spring”; you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountain top – Praise God I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me, I want to pass it on. Penned by: Kurt Kaiser