Lesson 6
The fruits of the Spirit

Jesus walked with all the fruits of the Spirit in his life. If we want to know Him, we will know Him by His fruits and this is far greater than a physical face, for this is the inner being behind the face. A person may look beautiful, but not necessarily be beautiful. To be beautiful is far better than looks. Every person has an inner being and this inner being radiates through the physical in a positive or negative way, depending on that person’s life and how they live it.
To come into any persons presence, you will not only see them, but sense their presence. Some people will cause you to be a little afraid of them or in awe of them, whereas others will radiate warmth and love.
It is the same with Jesus, when you come into His presence, you will not see Him but you will certainly sense His love, His joy, His peace, which we receive when we wait on Him. And the Lord will deal with you with patience, kindness and goodness which also comes into us as we wait upon Him and He will then give us faithfulness, gentleness and self control for us to carry into this world. If you read Galatians 5:16-21 you will read of the fruit of evil and those of us who do such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Galatians 5:22, 23 says,

'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. '

So how do we walk in the fruit of the Spirit? Firstly, we need to spend time with the Lord daily to be filled with His love, joy, peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart for any negative things in your life. Do you get angry? Have you hurt someone with negative words/ have you been selfish, been jealous, or thought the wrong things? Confess these things, turn from them. Receive the Lord's forgiveness and seek to become more filled with the Holy Spirit so that you may overcome every negative thing.
Wait in His presence, to receive His joy, His love, His peace. That changes us and enables to live and walk in the Spirit as we ought to.
The Holy Spirit will change us from the inside, so that we can love as we ought outwardly. If we spend time seeking the things of the flesh we will be full of the fruits of the flesh. If we spend time seeking the things of the Holy Spirit, we will become full of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
We need to practise living and walking in the Holy Spirit 24 hours a day. You will be amazed how this will change your life. In 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24, we read,
'And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and your whole spirit and soul and body be [preserved unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it'.
Jesus came to save man, not just souls. He came to save the spirit from death, the soul from sin and the body from sickness. He came to give your spirit eternal life, your soul peace and your body healing.
If we are filled with God’s love, joy and peace on a daily basis, this will have a powerful effect on our lives. If we are filled with the peace of Christ, we will be calm, quiet in spirit, non pressured. This will enable us to be patient as there will no longer be stress within that causes us to be impatient. God’s peace causes patience.
If we are filled with the love of Christ, we will begin to love others also. This will make us want to be kind to them and less selfish and hardened. We will begin to feel more for others and treat them as we, ourselves, would like to be treated.
If we are filled with the joy of Christ, this will free us and enable us to find joy in giving to others. Good deeds will then follow us and people will come to know us by our fruit. Philippians 4:8 says,
'Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things'.

Faithfulness, gentleness and self control will show in our fruit towards others. Our lifestyles will show who we really are in Christ.
As Matthew 7:16-20 says,
'Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them'.

Let us yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, for He is, 'love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness and goodness. These first six gifts of the Spirit are revealed in our personal lives and in our attitudes towards others. Let us seek the Lord in prayer and allow him to change us inwardly, then the fruits of the Spirit will show in our lives outwardly and good works will become a natural result in :- faith, meekness and temperance.
Faithfulness will enable us to become faithful to God and to one another. Meekness, the gentleness of God, will cause us to be gentle with others. Temperance, if we turn our backs on sin and pursue righteousness, will make us become more and more self controlled for the Holy Spirit will be in more and more control of our life, as we yield to him.
In Colossians 1:10 we read,
'that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God';

When we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit to work in our lives something wonderful happens, 2 Corinthians 3:18,
'But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord'.

When this happens in our lives, we are inviting God’s blessing on everything we do for Him. We shall succeed for, in God, is victory every time. We cannot fail God if we are living and walking in the Holy Spirit, submitting to His ways, walking in obedience and righteousness, bearing the fruit of the Spirit in all we do.
In 2 Peter 1:5-8 we read,
'And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ'.

The more we live and walk in the Holy spirit, the more the fruits of the Holy Spirit will show in our lives, the more the fruits of the Holy Spirit are cultivated in our lives, the greater the degree that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will be able to operate in our lives.

The devil knows who are God's people and who are not.

Acts 19:15,
'And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?'
The devil may tempt men to sin and has no respect for them, but with true men and women of God, the devil does not only respect them, but will flee from them for they have the Holy Spirit of God in their lives. When we seek to cultivate and grow in the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives, then Jesus himself gives us the authority of His name to drive out demons and heal the sick.

Luke 10:19 says,
'Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. '

The closer we live to God and live out the fruits of the Holy Spirit the less we will limit God from working in our lives. The less we limit God from working in our lives, the more powerfully the gifts of the Holy Spirit are also able to operate in our lives, and Jesus was the most perfect example of this.
Let’s draw closer and closer to Jesus, let us yield totally to his glorious Holy Spirit, let us walk in total and joyful obedience, let us allow every fruit of the Holy Spirit to show fully in our lives. Then we shall see bigger healing miracles, it is then that we shall see creative miracles such as arms growing out from a stump and the dead raised. Do you want to move in God in this dimension? I do! Let’s follow Christ fully.

Hebrews 12:1-2 reads,
'Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God'.

*Explain inward beauty compared to outward beauty?
*When we wait on God which fruits do we receive?
*When we ask the Holy Spirit to search us which fruits will He inspect?
*What fruits will become ours due to our growth in Christ?

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