Introduction to “Fruit Of The Spirit”
By Norman Watson

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

So what does this fruit look like as a follower of Jesus?

The answer is in verse 22, “Fruit Of The Spirit”. When we become “born again” we also become the temple of God and the Holy Spirit is now in our temple, Romans 7:4 says “Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God and Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” These Bible passages under line the fact that the Holy Spirit produces the fruit and not us. 

“The Bible says the fruit of the spirit is longsuffering. I’ll tell you one thing about fruit: you will never see a fruit factory. Isn’t that right? You see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is no fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience. The fruit of the Spirit is patience.” Adrian Rogers

As a follower of Jesus we are to be constantly and continually filled to over flowing with the Holy Spirit. I love how Paul put it in Ephesians 5:18-21 and it is here that we see “what a follower of Jesus” looks like bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” 

Paul compares “being filled with the Holy Spirit with being drunk on wine. (Eph 5:18) Before I became born again, I would go to bars and get drunk, while I was drunk I would loose all control and not even know what was happening. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we give our control (our will) to God as we are filled and being filled with the Holy Spirit, God’s will now becomes our will. When I was drunk, I was known as the happy drunk and everyone became my friend because I would buy them drinks and we would have a crazy time. So when we are filled with the Holy Spirit and give our control (will) to the Father we will overflow with “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” 

This is what a Holy Spirit filled follower of Jesus looks like! 

Our next study will be about the fruit called “love” and what that means. I hope that you will join us.

Hymn Of The Holy Spirit
Pat Barrett
Holy Spirit, guide my vision
Help me see the way You see
Always Jesus, ever Jesus
Christ in all as Christ in me
Holy Spirit, guide my speaking
Words of grace and truth abound
Let my lips be filled with stories
Of the mercy that I’ve found
You’re the light, You’re my path
You’re the shepherd of my soul
All I am, all I have
Holy Spirit, lead me on
Holy Spirit, guide my hearing
Wake my ears to words You speak
In the thunder, in the stillness
Let Your voice be clear to me
Holy Spirit, lead me onward
Walking through the great unknown
Trusting, leaning, holding, clinging
Till the day You lead me home
Two Ways for a Spiritual Breakthrough
By Pastor Tony Evans

If we are in search of a spiritual breakthrough, we have two options. First, we can choose to be broken. We can say, “Lord, I want a blessing and a breakthrough. Please break me – strip me of my sinfulness and destructive independence. I’m scared, but I trust that You love me enough to know what I can handle.” 

The second option is that God will break us without our permission. This option takes a lot longer, and it usually hurts a lot deeper. This delays the blessing and the breakthrough, and it will ultimately be more painful. God did not redeem us to leave us alone and let us miss all of His blessings. He loves us too much for that. There is a new, wonderful life He placed inside of us – and He wants to sanctify us and make us more like His Son so that we may 
experience it to the fullest. 

Many of us want to simply audit the Christian life – like a college course that a person sits in on but is not required to do work and is never graded. We don’t want to do all the hard work that it requires. But if Christ is truly Lord of our lives, there will be work to show that we are serving Him. There will be evidence that we are taking the course He is teaching, and it’s making an impact on our life. Brokennness is one of the lessons we must go through in
order to gain greater spiritual maturity and in order for Christ to be made known in our lives.

It’s important to remember that the God who breaks us is also our Father. He is our Lord. He loves us. There are a million ways He can teach us what we need to know. There are different ways that He will break us down and strip us of our pride in order to teach us that we can trust Him. God is God, and He has the right to strip us of everything in us that is not like Him so that He can transform us into His image. He wants to give us blessings, but He wants to change us in the process.