“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 love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance of which we all desire is Fruit OF THE SPIRIT, not of ourselves. We cannot on our own accord manufacture or conjure up such fruit. Some can fake it until they make it but inside they are and will remain spiritually defeated.
I do not say this with any gladness of heart. It is a miserable life of religious bondage that many lead trying to produce such fruit in vain. Declaring and decreeing sinless perfection in an exalted and self righteous, religious pride leaves one in denial of their true condition.
As religious philosophies are presented to the people for victory over sin, faith is moved ever so slightly. The devil isn’t going to hold up a red flag when he comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is deceitful…just ask Eve. That which he presents seems ‘good’. The one who is presenting it is often sincere. They truly love the Lord. Just like so many, they too are simply deceived.
A little leaven is not ok. So many claim no one has it all right. Let me tell you something friend, if they don’t have the Cross of Christ right, the very basis of which all doctrine is formed, RUN. If they, whoever they may be, do not lift up Jesus Christ and Him crucified as the only answer to sin’s penalty AND sin’s power, there is poison in the pot. That poison will corrupt that which is true; while Truth, will expel that which is evil.
“38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not.
40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.
41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.” 2 Kings 4:38-41
The ‘meal’, being a type of the Word of God, will expel that which is poison when it is properly applied.
Religion has given us many formulas and vain philosophies to produce fruit unto God but they have all fallen short; as they should. If mankind was able to produce such fruit on our own, the Cross of Christ was in vain. We could just obey the rules put out in front of us and become ‘holy’…not so.
The reality is the Fruit of the Spirit is that which the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do. It is HIS ministry, not ours. It is HIS power which expels hate as His love is placed in the poisoned pot. It is HIS power which expels bitterness as He places the joy of the Lord in our hearts. I could go on and on but you get the picture.
If the Fruit of the Spirit is not produced, the problem is the object of our faith. If our faith is placed in our own abilities and willpower and not in the Cross of Christ, we are not giving the Holy Spirit latitude to perform His ministry in our lives. It’s easier to believe this for someone else than it is for ourselves.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. At Calvary’s Cross, Jesus afforded us the Fruit of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is jealous of the other objects of our faith as we continue looking unto them to do that which He is commissioned to do but will not do until we look to Christ.
Taste and See. Seek and ye shall find. Be determined to know nothing else among you save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren