Monday, May 10, 2010

The Fruit of the Spirit

Matthew 7:20-27
20Therefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.

 21"Not every one that saith unto Me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father who is in Heaven.
 22Many 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?'
 23And then will I profess unto them, `I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.'
 24"Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock.
 25And the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
 26And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand;
 27and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.
 I think James 1:22-25 fits well with Yahshua's words here as well,
22But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
 23For if any be a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror;
 24for he beholdeth himself, and then goeth his way and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
 25But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
 Galatians 5:16-26
16This I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other, so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
 18But if ye are led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, and they are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
 20idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, quarreling, rivalry, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
 21envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like. About these things I tell you again, as I have also told you in times past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
 24And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts.
 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
 26Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one another and envying one another.
I'm reading a little booklet called, From the Inside/Out  What is Manifesting? by Henry W. Wright.
It is a good book full of hard things to hear, but in a good way because it leaves you wanting to change and not just live life in the same ole rut you have been for the past decade!  It is encouraging and facilitates change!  It shows how to become an overcomer instead of being defeated.
You cannot be defeated if you are loving someone.  You cannot be defeated if you have faith.  You cannot be defeated if you have gentleness, goodness, and temperance.  You cannot be defeated, and the promise of God is that He will defend you because you have become like Him.
We are either manifesting the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Satan, we can not manifest both at the same time.  I KNOW that there are times, sometimes DAYS even that I manifest the kingdom of Satan!  And I feel horrible...which gives me a bit of hope because I think that there are two types of people, those who fall and are convicted about it and those who fall, but are not convicted because their hearts are hardened.  I pray I will always be the first type of person!

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