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Bearing fruit in the Lord

 

       The Holy Spirit is a friend whom you need to get to know better.  You are not going to be able to live the Christian life without the help of the Holy Spirit.   It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to live, talk, and think the way we should.

 

    If the Holy Spirit were only a power or a thing, it would be possible for us to use it any way we wanted to.   But if the Spirit is God.   I must submit my life to Him.   This is where the victory lies.   We can come to the Holy Spirit and say, “I need You.   I cannot do it on my own”.  

 

     How do you show people that you are a disciple of Christ?   One way is by bearing fruit.   When the Holy Spirit bears fruit in your life, people will notice a difference in you and identify you with the Person of Jesus Christ.   You may say, “That’s great but what does it mean to bear fruit?   Are you talking about bananas, pear, grapes, and peaches?”   Not quite.    I’m talking about the “fruit of the Spirit”, which is spelled out in Galatians 5:22Galatians 5:22
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

22 Pero el fruto del Espíritus es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fe,

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.   “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. 

 

     Notice that it doesn’t say “fruits”, it says “fruit”.   That isn’t a list of traits we pick and choose from; they all are part of the fruit of the Spirit.    Let’s look at them individually.   Exact for love, I would like to talk about love later.

 

JOY

       There is a big difference between joy and happiness.   Happiness is based on things, people, events, and situations, so it’s temporary.

 

       Joy is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.   If you’re a Christian, Christ dwells within you.   That means the source of all joy is within you, so you don’t have to look for things to make you happy.   Instead, you can make your situations and events joyful.   If we have biblical joy, we can’t settle for the world’s counterfeits.

 

      So many people say, “If only I had this, I would be happy.   If I had just a little more money, a boyfriend or girlfriend, friends in the right crowd, then I’d be happy”.   But it doesn’t matter whether things are going great – I got the job I always wanted. Or not so great – I gave a speech with my zipper down.   You can be joyful no matter because your joy comes from Jesus Christ.

 

        Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds (James 1:2James 1:2
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

La sabiduría que viene de Dios 2 Hermanos míos, gozaos profundamente cuando os halléis en diversas pruebas,c

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).   You can do that because joy doesn’t come from your circumstances.   You can have confidence in Christ and know that He has it all under control.

 

        Jesus Christ would say to you, “You want wealth?    Then follow Me, and you will be able to lay up treasure in heaven, where neither rust nor moth will destroy.   You want to succeed?  Great, I want you to succeed also, but not necessarily by the world’s standards.    Seek to succeed in My eyes, and I will open doors and empower you.    Don’t settle for temporary emotional highs when you can have My joy!    I will develop you to become all that My Father created you to be.    Then you’ll know real joy.

 

      Solid joy needs a solid foundation, and only God qualifies for that.   Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. (2 Corinthians 8:22 Corinthians 8:2
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

2 porque, en las grandes tribulaciones con que han sido probadas,c la abundancia de su gozo y su profunda pobreza abundaron en riquezas de su generosidad.

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).   May that be true of you!

 

Next week we will discuss the fruit of peace, LOVE YOU.

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