If you lean toward sinful thoughts, the inevitable result will be sinful actions, which will produce a sinful lifestyle. If you lean into the Holy Spirit, the inevitable result will be a life filled with the good, fresh fruit that only the Spirit can produce.
The gospel message, when shared faithfully, is always accompanied by the awakening work of God’s Spirit. Spiritually dead people come alive to the saving reality of the cross and resurrection of Jesus because the very story of Jesus comes with supernatural, divine power.
When I’m living my way, the fruit is sin and death and destruction. When I’m living God’s way, the fruit is good and life-giving, both to me and to those around me. When I’m living under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, I’m loving, joy-filled, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled. And now, more than ever, the world around us is looking for this kind of people.
When you’re trying to be godly, and the word godly really means “like God” or “like Christ,” the very best thing you can do is match his steps.
The fruit of the Spirit is definitely not a list of activities to try to do in your own power. Rather the fruit of the Spirit is simply the natural product of living in tune with, filled with, and in submission to the influence of the Spirit of God, moment by moment.
There are many things God wants us to know in our heads about him, about his Word, about his world. But more than simply knowing about him, God wants us to know him in a way that changes us from the inside out.
When you’re fully surrendered, fully immersed, and fully empowered, everything is different. You’re not more or less a Christian, but you’re enhanced. You do all the same things, but with supernatural energy beyond your own when you submit to the filling and empowerment of the Spirit.
God has everything you really need, and he’s quite generous. But he wants you to stop scheming and start praying. When pray, God delights to say yes.
In these last days (which we’re currently living in), God is pouring out his Spirit upon all people, men and women, so that we can be empowered to share with the world the good news of the gospel.
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