February 10, 2017

Fruit

The fruit of the Spirit are not muscles that you must exercise.

Fruit is produced by abiding.

Abiding in the Vine means staying put, and staying put is not accomplished by the redeemed one.

It (the work) is done by the power that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11).

God keeps his child from slipping (Psalm 121:3).

So, go ahead and believe the lie that you must DO something to grow.

Go ahead and strive, and try, but you will fail.

That's the truth.

Here is more truth:

The redeemed one did nothing to get attached to the Vine, and does nothing to stay there.

No exercise is needed, and in fact is vanity to believe that to be the case.

Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8).

What does one do to get saved?

While still in sin, repent of it.

Choose to agree with God about the sin that you do.

Or is your lying okay, and do you call it other than speaking falsehoods?

How about your "dislike" of some people?

Do you call it murder like Jesus says that it is?

And any stealing, no matter how benign you think it is, is that okay too?

Do you try to get away with evil?

Is just a little lust okay? Just thinking about adultery with one man is okay? Being lazy is okay?

Please tell me where it is in Scripture that your "little" sin is any better than the sin of Hitler.

Or is what you do not so bad?

If you sin, the Lord does not hear your prayer is what Scripture says (Psalms 66:18).

Do you believe that? Or do you speak the popular platitude that God hears when anyone prays?

If so, I need a chapter and verse on that one.

The fruit of the Spirit is (equals) love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, long-suffering, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, and self-control, and all boiled down, that equates to love.

The fruit IS all of those things, not a few, and not in a soul sometimes, and not other times.

Or do you suppose that you can love, and not be patient, or that you can have peace, and not joy?

And do you think that the Spirit comes to a dirty vessel, and gives her endurance, but not love?

Luke 5:38 tells us differently.

Light overcomes darkness (John 1:5).

When a light is turned on in a dark, and stark room, then does the middle of the room remain dark?

What about the corner?

What about up near the ceiling?

Of course not.

The whole room is full of light.

The Lord fills a soul with light which is first cleansed by his grace upon repentance.

Chains are gone.

Freedom is known.

Communication with the Father starts, and never ends.

The Spirit embodies everything that is expressed in Galatians 5:22-23.

How can the Spirit come into a person on a partial basis?

How can the Spirit come into a dirty vessel?

Jesus said that does not happen.

Are you abiding in the Vine?

If so, then all of the fruit is produced continually in you.

If not, then you will be good one day, hateful the next, and kind to one neighbor, but not the other, and you'll exhibit happiness one moment, and then when things go askew from what you want, then you will explode, maybe pout, maybe slam doors, or maybe all three.

For sure, you do not know God.

You know of trying to be good.

Apple tree branches do not try to produce apples.

A redeemed woman does not try, nor strive, to be good.

The good that she does is not of any effort on her part.

Without a fuss, and by the power of God, she loves, for indeed his yoke is easy.

Without strain, she gives, for indeed his burden is light.

Study to show that you are approved of God (II Timothy 2:15).

Do you study?

Are your  prayers heard?

Do you still sin?

If so, then where is your sacrifice?

Hebrews 10:26 tells us that there isn't one.

Do you live by how you FEEL about God, and life, and the Word?

The redeemed do not live according to how they "feel"  about God.

They know God, and they have complete faith in him (Galatians 3:11).

Do you live by faith?

Is love being produced in you, not of any striving at all, but by abiding, simply abiding in the Vine?





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