But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Is your Christian walk displaying all the fruits of the Spirit as listed above? I ask this because even though we may be doing great works for the Lord, those works would profit us nothing if we lack the fruit of the Spirit. For we read: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
So, everything that we do must be done with a right attitude of love, which is on of the first fruits of the Spirit. And let’s also remember that Jesus said: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many 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? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
This is true also in the book of Revelations where we read: "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; "and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent. (Revelation 2:1-5)
That is heavy brothers and sisters in Christ. For we can go through life practicing the gifts of the Spirit but possibly miss out by not having love. We see this happening in Judas Iscariot’s life. For Judas being part of the twelve apostles was sent out with the other eleven healing and casting out devils, for we read: “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. ... And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing everywhere.” (Luke 9:1-2, 6)
So, even though Judas Iscariot was doing the works that Jesus commissioned him to do, he failed when it came down to the fruit of the Spirit, which we know is love. For we read in John’s gospel that Judas complained about the waste of the ointment that Mary (Martha’s sister) poured on Jesus: “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” (John 12:3-6) So, this passage makes it clear that Judas cared nothing for the poor but wanted the money for himself. And we know that he ultimately betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. So, For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)
Now we come to the gifts of the Spirit which is given to us who are in Christ Jesus. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:7-11) So, we see that these gifts are distributed throughout the church members. This would not only benefit the church as a whole, but those who have not yet come to the knowledge that Christ Jesus is their Savior. For we read: But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
So then, this gift of prophesy has a vital part in the church assembly. Also, these gifts are vital outside the church assembly, for we read: “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:20) Next we read: “For if the message spoken through angels proved to be so firm that every violation or disobedience received its just penalty, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, while God confirmed their witness with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” (Hebrews 2:2-4) And last of all we read that Jesus said: “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” (John 10:37-38) So again, these gifts of the Spirit are a vital part of our ministry in witnessing for Christ Jesus.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. (1 Corinthians 13:9-10)
We know that when our Lord and Savior Jesus comes, those gifts that served us here on earth are going to be done away with. I say this because we who are in Christ will be in our perfected new bodies. For we read above that it says: “But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away?” Also, in 1 Corinthians 13:12 we read: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21) And again we read: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
So, for now we’re not seeing the complete picture of what we're going to be in Christ, but only a partial image. However, there’s going to be a day when we will see Jesus face to face in our new resurrected bodies and be conformed to his image. For Paul the apostle said: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)
Therefore, these gifts which serve us now will be done away with because there be no need for them anymore. For they only serve as evidence of the wonder working power of God in this current corrupt world system. However, as long as we’re in these bodies and living on this present earth, we defiantly need these gifts just as our Savior Jesus Christ and the early church needed them. Amen.
Now, let’s look at what the scripture says:
So, from these scriptures above, we can see that miracles are not just to heal and deliver people from bondage, but also to validate what we are preaching. If our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ felt it necessary to validate what he was doing with miracles, how much more do we. So, let’s not believe that they're no longer necessary. For in so doing, you would be denying scripture and even the words of Jesus himself. And let’s remember that Paul the apostle wrote with much detail about the gifts of the Spirit. For he knew they would be a vital part of the ministry of the church, not only in his time, but for us today as well. So, let’s step out in faith brothers and sisters in Christ and practice these gifts of the Spirit. And this we must do, going hand in hand with our preaching, amen.
Below are some scriptures on this topic:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Isn’t that a wonderful passage above? For here we have God rejoicing over us His creation whom He loves. For if we look at the Hebrew word for joy in this passage, we would see that it means to get very joyful, even to dance and spin around. Now, we need to grasp the reality that this is our God who is singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? So, let’s do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who want to stripe us of all joy and pleasure. For nothing can be further from the truth.
Now, if God shows this kind of emotion over us, shouldn’t we be singing and getting emotional over him as well? We need to be rejoicing over the fact that he is our awesome God and Creator in who's "presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:11) And not only that, but we who are in Christ Jesus will be spending eternity in paradise with Him. Oh, how wonderful that day will be!
Yet, how many of us would even dare to tap our feet or clap our hands when it comes to worshiping Him? Oh, what is wrong with us fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Do not believe the lie that we must be reserved when it comes to worshiping and praising our God. For we should hold nothing back as David did who: "danced before the LORD with all his might.” (2 Samuel 6:14) For our God is so worthy, so let's get excited over Him and be in love with Him always. Amen.
Okay, I know if you totally let loose at your next church gathering, they may escort you out the door. But a few people getting excited over God can get others going as well. For His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody would catch it. So, go ahead and be totally obsessed and in love with Him. Because let's face it, living for anything else will only lead you to emptiness, disappointment and despair.
"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His offspring.'
"Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:24-31)
Over in Proverbs chapter 8, we see Jesus Christ who is personified in the usage of the word wisdom in verse 30 and 31. For we read: “Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.” When He completed the world, He rejoiced saying, “my delights were with the sons of men.” Wow, God rejoices and delights in us his creation. I do find it so comforting that God loves us and that he does delights in us as well.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Our God who loves us sent his only Son to suffer for us and take the penalty for our sins. “But thanks be to God for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us.” (Galatians 2:20) For it’s true that our Lord Jesus rose victoriously and overcame the grave on our behalf. We were bought at a price, so let us set our mind and heart always on God, living a life that totally glorifies him. Amen. (Colossians 3:1-3)
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)
This: ‘I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands,’ quoted above, has obvious and beautiful fulfillment in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus. As Jesus told Thomas in a post-resurrection appearance, look at My hands. (John 20:27) When we see the nail-scarred hands of Jesus, we see how He has inscribed us on the palms of His hands. With such love, how could God ever forget His people?” Quoted By David Guzik.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21)
So, in conclusion to all this, let us always remember how much God loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. Let the world experience our love and oneness with Jesus Christ and with each other so that all may see him dwelling in us. (John 17:21-23) And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Christ shine in our hearts as we tell the world about him. Our prayer and hope should always be that those who see us would see God in us, those who hear us would hear Christ speaking through us, and those who know us would know that his Spirit dwells is in us, that all the world would crave what we have. Amen.
It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, once you have experienced it, you spread His love to everyone; you want to pass it on. What a wondrous time is spring, when all the trees are budding; the birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming. That’s how it is with God’s love; once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing, it’s fresh like spring; you want to pass it on. I wish for you my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. You can depend on Him; it matters not where you’re bound. I’ll shout it from the mountain top – Praise God I want the world to know; the Lord of love has come to me; I want to pass it on. Pend by: Kurt Kaiser
Some Scripture References:
Comments concerning Proverbs 8:30-31 above:
Scriptures on Rejoicing in the LORD:
References to Dancing for Joy:
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. (Jeremiah 31:13)
When you think of someone that’s resting, what example comes to mind? Could it be a person kicking back under a shady tree with a hat pulled over their face? Or even better yet, could it be someone on a vacation getaway relaxing on a white sandy beach on some remote island? Well, even though these may be a good example, the real truth may be just the opposite of what you think. You see, being in that prone position under a shady tree or on a getting away vacation doesn’t promise relieve from any anxieties, feelings of restlessness or fears. Because no matter where you’re at, your problems will still follow you.
So then, true rest is not that outward condition as seen above, but that inward condition which is of the heart. For it can only come from the Holy Spirit dwelling within, given us comfort and hope regardless of our outward condition. Oh, what peace and joy we have in Jesus, for in him we have true rest. So, why not put all your trust in God and let Him lead the way for you. Remember, the Father truly knows best and he will direct all your paths by his Son Jesus as quoted above.
Below are some encouraging passages from God's word to help you either came to know Him, or help you in your walk with him. God is totally Awesome who made a way for you and me to come to him and receive everlasting life
Let’s examine some bible scriptures that can set you on the right path. First, we must keep our mind on the LORD at all times, trusting him in every situation. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:3-4) For if we will do this, we can be sure that he will fill us with his perfect peace. Second, we must completely rely on him to show us the way and the path we must take. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
So many times, we can lean on our own theology and depart from the truth of God’s word. And thirdly, it is only through believing in our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find true rest through all of this. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) We need not struggle and try to work our way into heaven, but allow him to show us the way. For we are “a work in progress,” learning the truth as we walk in the Holy Spirit. So, the more we keep our eyes on the Lord, the more we can't help but fall deeper in love with him, and the deeper we fall in love with Him, the more we can't help but keep our eyes on Him. It's a beautiful snowball effect.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)