To the Reader: It is my intent to remind not only myself, but the body of Christ as well of the importance of living a fruitful life for the Lord. This we should do trusting God daily for His strength to be the light and salt that He wants us to be. Amen.
We who are in Christ are blessed with the fruits of the Spirit. And of course, these fruits (listed above) should be displayed in our daily lives as well. So, the first fruit we come to is “love.” “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)
Next we have “joy.” “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11), “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
And of course, we have “peace.” “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27), Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV) Then we read of all the other fruits that should be part of our daily life as well. However, of all these the greatest is “love,” for we read: “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV)
So, having said all that, we should be examining our own lives to see if we are displaying all the fruits of the Spirit. Because even though we may be doing great works for the Lord, it could profit us nothing if we’re doing it with the wrong motivation. For the Paul the Apostle said: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ASV)
Also, let’s take heed to what 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)
And let’s remember what it say in the book of Revelations: “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 NKJV)
Therefore, everything we do must be done with the right attitude and motivation. For if we do it to bring glory and attention to ourselves, then it’s not going to profit us in the end. So, “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. “Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:1-4)
“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)
Now we come to the Gifts of the Spirit which are given to us from God. First, we read that Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:12-13) Wow, Jesus said we would be doing even greater works than what he was doing. For we read: “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” (Acts 19:11-12) Also, “and believers were increasingly added to the Lord,multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. (Acts 5:14-16 NKJV)
And let’s remember that by the preaching of Peter, three thousand souls were saved. For we read: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:38-41) Now that’s impressive. Therefore, we must give God all the glory and praise.
Now, let’s look at what the scripture says:
So, we can see that our lives should be displaying all the fruits of the Spirit. Also, we should be practicing all the gifts of the Spirit as well. And let’s remember 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 falsely believe that they’re no longer necessary. Therefore, brothers and sisters in Christ, these gifts are still available for us today just as they were back in Jesus and the early church time. So, let’s pray that God gives us the strength to walk in the Spirit and the ability to step out in faith, trusting Him to do His work through us.
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” (John 20:30-31) Amen to that.
Below are some scriptures on this topic:
(Scriptures taken from the King James Version unless noted)
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)
According to the “Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon” and “Strong’s Definitions,” the Hebrew word for “joyeth” in the passage above means to get joyful, even to dance or spin around. Now, we need to remember that this passage is speaking about our God and Creator. Can you grasp the reality of our God and Father singing and showing this kind of emotion over us? Yet, we read that He does over his creation whom he loves. So, we should do away with the mentality that thinks of God as some killjoy who want to stripe us of all joy and pleasure.
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. For: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy 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 with Him in paradise. Oh, how wonderful that day will be! Yet, do we dare show any kind of emotions 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 our God. We do need to be rejoicing and praising him with our whole being. And let’s remember that David: “And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” (2 Samuel 6:14 ASV) Yes, our God is so worthy. So, let's truly get excited over our Awesome God 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 it only takes a few people excited about God to get others going as well. So, go ahead and start showing a bit more excitement at your next assembly. Who knows, maybe eventually you will have the whole church dancing to the Lord. For His joy is contagious and let us pray that everybody would catch it.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:24-31)
“Jehovah possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth; while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the beginning of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there: when he set a circle upon the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when the fountains of the deep became strong, when he gave to the sea its bound, That the waters should not transgress his commandment, when he marked out the foundations of the earth; then I was by him, as a master workman; And I was daily his delight, Rejoicing always before him, rejoicing in his habitable earth; and my delight was with the sons of men.” (Proverbs 8:22-31 ASV)
Now, there are a few learned men who claim that this scripture above is referring to Jesus himself. So, being not a biblical scholar myself, I can only show what these men proclaim as true. But what I do find interesting is that it does say: “I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him, rejoicing in his habitable earth, and my delight was with the sons of men.” Below are the comments of these learned men.
“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.
Yet, methinks, there may be a prophetic reference here to a later writing of the names, when Jesus Christ submitted his outstretched palms to those cruel graving-tools -tools, the nails. Then was it surely, when the executioner with the hammer smote the tender hands of the loving Jesus, that he engraved our names upon the palms of his hands , and to-day y when he points to those wounds, when by faith he permits us to put our fingers into the prints of the nails, he may still say to us — “Deep on the palms of both my hands I have engraved thy name.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon May 31, 1863, From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 9
“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 Jesus loves us and in like manner to be in love with him. “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) And let’s always remember that he rose victoriously and overcame the grave. Let us also thank the Father for his Holy Spirit who indwells in us believers. (1 Corinthians 6:19) 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)
So, let’s make sure the world experiences and sees our love and oneness with God and with each other. This in order that they may know that Jesus Christ dwells in us. (John 17:21-23) And let us not forget that we are the light of the world, so let the love of Jesus 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, and that they 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. Thatʼs how it is with Godʼs 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. Thatʼs how it is with Godʼs love; once you’ve experienced it, you want to sing “Itʼs 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 youʼre bound. Iʼll 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:
(Scriptures taken from the King James Version unless noted)
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 under a shady tree or on a get-away vacation doesn’t promise relieve from 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 we read above, but that inward condition which is of the heart. For it only can come from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, given comfort and hope regardless of our outward condition. Oh, what peace and joy we have in Jesus, for in him we have true rest indeed. 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, you will find some scriptures on this topic of peace and hope.
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 and true rest.
Here we have four key bible scriptures that can set you on the right path. First, we must keep our mind on God at all times, trusting him in every situation. 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. 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 our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find true rest through all of this. 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. Amen.
(Scriptures taken from the King James Version unless noted)
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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)