I want to talk about the fruit of the Spirit today. When you give your life to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of you. God the Holy Spirit is full of light. The purpose, for His light being in us, is to teach, to exhort, and to bring comfort. The Holy Spirit is the third, Person of the Trinity,
This is a huge subject, because God is Big! I must tell you about the signs of the Holy Spirit. God’s ways are higher. His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are more, and higher than ours. This is the first principle. You must totally submit to God, in your mind, body, and spirit. That means head to toe, inside and out, and all around you.
When a person really walks with God Almighty, and has fellowship in the Word, then the fruit of the Holy Spirit is very evident. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit of God, and it comes, because you have talks with God, and you love Him. Read the Word, and tell Him any known sins. The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. The Holy Spirit convicts us from sin, and when we confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us, and forgive us, and forgive us, and forgive!
Walking in the Light is how we manage to have fellowship. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness. The darkness is real, but God’s light penetrates darkness, and makes it scatter. God the Holy Spirit will speak to you, if you listen. We get verbose too, many, times when God wants us to listen. Other times, when other Christians are around us, we don’t show the love of God, or release the joy of the Lord. We become dower at times, but God is light, and in Him there is no darkness. He walks in the you. Others can tell, because the joy of the Lord, and the love of God is there.
Galatians 2:20 Paul’s statement is about his relationship with God. He says that He has been crucified with Christ. His life now belongs to Christ, and the life he lives in the flesh, he lives by faith in the Son of God,(Christ Jesus), who loved him, and gave himself for me. (Paraphrased ) This is submission head to toe. Your life is not your own, but you gave it away to God, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
Jesus came to live inside you by your invitation ,by the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ is seated on the throne in heaven, and He is continuing to pray for the Church. He makes intercession for us.
God says that we are in His Hand. One day I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Hold my hand.”
I said, “God you are invisible. How do I do that.?” I started praying, and I gave Him all of me.
He said, “Draw closer.”
I prayed, and read the Bible, and gave my hands to Him, and invisibly He walked with me holding my hand. Not long after this my dad entered the hospital. Someone punctured his lung when they tried to do a procedure, and within two days He was very sick, and dying.
God was warning me, and telling me to draw closer, for comfort, and help.
My dad, and I were close, but not real, close. My mother, and I were closer. My dad always directed me towards the Lord, and that was where we were alike. He read for hours, rose early to read the Word, and He was a man of God.
His joy would come, and He would laugh, and throw me in the air when I was a little girl. I would hold on to his hands when he would put me in the air, before he threw me.
“I am not going to hurt you. I will catch you.” he would lovingly, and firmly say.
He would throw me, not high, and I would squeal. Then he would throw my sisters . We had this relationship with him, and as we grew taller, we walked, or ran with Him. My father loved to walk, but his gait was wider than anyone could keep. He could take one step to my two. So I would run to catch up with Him. So would mom, and my sisters. We walked twice, as fast. One sister finally walked like dad, and to this day people notice how she walks. They notice my walk right away also. When we walk, we move…just like Dad did.
Shouldn’t we learn to move if we are going to walk with God the Holy Spirit ? People notice how we walk with the Lord. He takes big steps. When you walk with the Lord, in the light of his word….these are words to an old hymn, “Trust and Obey.”
My parents were in the ministry, and they taught us girls to Trust and Obey. We learned to obey our parents, and it didn’t take too long. I obeyed so I wouldn’t get any more spankings. I learned to trust when I held their hands, or let dad throw me in the air.
The gifts, and callings of God are not taken away from us. They are there, but you want to be full of the Holy Spirit when you are using them. If you have a teaching gift, you will use it at home, and it won’t be the the realm of bossing everyone else around. You will be teaching a class, or gather some children, and teaching them the Word.Studying will be your only, and main focus, and you will be teaching from what YOU HAVE LEARNED AT HIS FEET.
When I was little, I would gather my dolls, and teach them the Bible, and I would do my homework while my class was doing the work I assigned them. This made homework more fun, and class was daily. Smile.
When I did the dishes, I would be on invisible, television teaching how to clean the kitchen, and wash the dishes. I was on an invisible television camera.
God gave me an abundance of joy for a Christian to handle. The fruit of the spirit will be in abundance if you are His child. One fruit may be more than the other. I needed the abundance of joy in the future, and right then. It wiped out sadness, and crying, mourning, and depression. When Christ came inside, the joy of the Lord, was the evidence.
Mother put me outside on the porch I was so happy. I took the hymnbook with me one day, and I sang, and sang, and sang. I made up tunes to Him, and sang, and sang. I had been so sad, but joy came in the morning, and all day for me.
My little sister didn’t have Christ, until later. She thought she did, but she was my thorn in the flesh at time. I had to forgive, and forgive, and forgive, and argue, and forgive, and stand up for my self, and read my Bible, shut the door, and forgive, and forgive. She was critical, and mean. We didn’t get along.
But joy comes in the morning. She couldn’t understand how I could sing, after she left the room.
She couldn’t understand why I was so happy. She was not happy with me, but she could sing, beautifully. Her voice and talents were many, and she was beautiful. I kept visits short when we were adults, because she was the same, very critical sister. I loved her, but she had no control of her tongue. I know she loved me, and she was trying to make me look better to others, and sound better. She pushed me, and I learned the hardest way there is to learn….without love.
Joy comes……..it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Mom, and Dad worked on the joy. Dad showed me Philippians 4:4 and it became my favorite verse for life. It goes along with clapping, dancing, twirling, and skipping. It goes along with singing to the Lord, and letting the joy come in the morning, and at noon, and at night.
With the joy of the Lord comes this shield of faith, and the peace of God settles on my head after I have cried my tears, and worshiped Him on the throne in Jesus name. Crying? Your heart needs to be tenderized by the Holy Spirit. Hardness of heart needs to be broken, and melted, and this happens in His Presence, because when you are in His presence, there is FULLNESS OF JOY What someone sees in public is done more in my home…..raising my hands, clapping to Him, shouting to Him, twirling and dancing, like I described. I am free because He set me free at home. As I worshiped, all the chains that bound me broke.
We have many times to go to huge meetings where Christians gather to have meetings. I just returned from Presbytery, where I sat in silence for about four hours, only taking breaks to the bathroom because it was hard to sit and be silent. I was born shy, but that has left. I wrote down every word, and used my shorthand to do this. I paid full attention this way.
It was a business meeting, and the joy would break through in the meeting. The joy of the Lord is contagious. Once it is started, then others catch the joy. It comes in the morning when you’re reading the Bible, and the fellowship in the morning with the Lord should last all day long.
For Presbytery, I prayed three days or more before I got there. I prayed, because I knew it was sitting, and listening, and maybe sharing Christ. IT WAS THE BEST PRESBYTERY MEETING I HAVE EVER ATTENDED TO THIS DAY. There were meetings before our meeting in order to keep it organized. God loves for things to be done decently, and in order.
Ed and I were quiet in the car on the way to pick up those who would ride with us. We rode in another car, and Ed drove. The lady who let him drive, insisted that we ride together in the front seat.
We ate at the meeting, and altogether I had six hours of quiet, without talking. After this many hours, I needed to talk somehow. I talked to women who were in the hallway, or in the bathroom. I was friendly to anyone I met.. I hugged them, and spoke briefly. Then I returned, and took notes. I prayed when I wasn’t taking notes. Ed took my papers, and stacked them neatly, reading some of the notes. He smiled.
This was the day to come. I looked wonderful in my black suit jacket, and my new pants, and black, sweater. I wore closed shoes, and they were flat, and comfortable. I sat there wondering, I can’t talk to anyone, because this is a business meeting. Where are you, God? I KNOW YOU ARE HERE, INSIDE ME. BLESS THIS MEETING.
I prayed on about the other meetings in my week, and I prayed about having fellowship with His children. No one interrupted me. I clapped when the singing started. I do that anywhere I sing. I raised my hands to God Almighty, because He is enthroned on the praises of His people..
I kept going to the bathroom all evening.She said, Others were watching you at the table. (My eyes were closed. I found God, and I was singing to Him.)
I said I would talk to her. God has prepared me.. God opens doors, Christian. God knocks walls down, and the love of God is first, before the joy comes. Love from God was there, and this was the BEST Presbytery meeting I have been ever been to in my life, because He was there. God is everywhere. He was there, because where two or three gather in His name, there He is. He was there in the meeting with all who were participating. I took notes, and prayed. I had prayed for Presbytery before I came. Three or four days of praying, for some reason. I did with the obedience of the Holy Spirit, because of the Promise of God. When Christians gather, there He is.
God uses you in many ways. The JOY of the LORD is your strength. It comes, and goes, but it can run like a river inside of you, because of the fellowship you have in the Presence of God. I worship Him many ways, and I take my example from my favorite person in the OLD TESTAMENT.
I love to read the Psalms…….there you have worship. Confession of your own sins, submission to God, application of joy, love, peace, and all the fruits of the Holy Spirit are there, and the knowing that the Messiah would come.
David the Psalmist would dance before the Lord. He had the joy of the Lord. Another writer said, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”
Joy comes in the morning, and all through the day, because we practice discipline of getting up, grabbing hold of our Bible, and a note book, and dashing to a quiet place in the house.
Yesterday I sat on the edge of my bed, reading, and writing what i found. I wrote, and wrote. God gave it to me, and I carry it with me. I talk from my heart. When I meet Christians, I see the fruit of the Holy Spirit first. The fruit of the Spirit is the evidence of the Power of the Holy Spirit in your life. We will know there is a Christian by the fruit of the Holy Spirit which is evident.
Christ was full of joy. He was looking toward the cross.He was joyful because he had, and still has the keys of hell, and Death.He died for you, and me, and delivered us from sin, Satan, and ourselves. He shed his own blood on the cross for us, died, and then ROSE AGAIN FROM THE GRAVE. HE ROSE AGAIN. !!!!!
Why do we mope around, and forget the joy of the LORD? He is alive, and He delivered us from the future of going to hell. Salvation is free, but you have to ACCEPT what Christ did on the cross for You. His blood covers a multitude of sins, and when we confess our sins, God hides them behind his back, and puts them as far as the East is from the West, and he covers our sins with the Blood of Christ. Our heart is cleansed by the blood of Christ, and it is clean in His sight.
Coming to Christ is starting a relationship with Him, and letting the Holy Spirit come in, clean house, throw out the darkness, and allow His light to shine. It is total submission to Him, giving mind, body, soul, and spirit, from head to toe, in Jesus name. Then the joy comes in the morning, and you walk in the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT.