The Fruit of the Spirit - The fruit you cannot live without!

The Fruit of the Spirit
The fruit you cannot live without!

Intro:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4–5

I’d like you to picture a strong and healthy tree. A strong and healthy tree does not worry about producing fruit or getting rid of the dead leaves on it. As long as it receives the right amount of sunshine, water, and nutrients, it will have healthy sap flowing in it that is brimming with all the right nutrients and that naturally pushes out all the dead leaves. And as long as its inward life—its healthy sap life—keeps flowing, new leaves will spring forth on this tree and good fruits will naturally grow and flourish on all the branches.

The new life pushes out the old life. You don’t maintain the old leaves while producing new ones.

How do I abide in Jesus?

          Believe – trust – quiet confidence

          Get His mindset – His perception – Use His Words

          Make every problem into a stepping stone.

          Refuse worry and fear.

          Focused attention – Keep the conversation ongoing with Jesus.

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into diverse temptations, KNOWING that the trying of your faith develops patience.” James 1:2

Patience #5281 – patience, enduring, patient continuance, patient waiting. To cheerfully endure. To remain under the pressure. Not to cave in or give up. To persevere ill treatment and hold fast to one’s faith in Christ. Characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith by even the greatest trials and sufferings.

“But let patience perfect it’s work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  James 1:4

            If you are born again you already have patience given to you by God in your spirit. It may be undeveloped but you have it.

If you are a Christian you can never say that you don’t have patience because you do have it. God put it in your Sspirit with all the other fruit of the Spirit. For a Xn to say he does not have patience is like him saying he does not have God! You have it – it just needs to be developed. God is committed to bring you opportunities to develop what He has given you.

Both peace and patience grow well together. Where you have peace in your life you usually find patience and vice versa. Fruit grows in clusters. Interesting the word Peace or Shalom in Hebrew is actually a word picture in Ancient Hebrew letters. Put together they give the truest meaning of Shalom or peace which is:

Shalom – not just the absence of conflict, but destroying the authority that created the chaos.

Patience is the tool that God uses to bring us into His Shalom.

The context is Xns going through trials and persecution. God sovereignly allows trials He could stop but then uses them for our good.

Look at this the book of I Peter which was written originally by Peter to Xns suffering intense persecution for the faith. Many lost jobs and homes and even persecuted by prison and torture and death. Listen to the words of God:

“In this affliction you greatly rejoice, even though now, if for a little while, you have had to suffer various trials,

-        “ If need be you are in heaviness . . .”

-        If necessary you have been distressed by various trials . . .”

There are some trials that God has ordained that we need to walk through with Him. It is a necessary trial.

Is it true that God will not permit you to be tempted more than you can stand? Yes according to I Cor. 10:13.

However, He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can stand but He may allow it more than you think you can possibly stand!

Watch your words: If you ever hear yourself say, “I can’t take this anymore!” Stop and remember this message today.

Your words are agreeing with the devil and he loves it and gets empowered in your life by you saying such things.

Ill. Gym work out with Body builder Larry. He put on large plates of weight I would have never thought possible for me to lift but with His encouragement I did more than I thought I could.

We don’t understand the purpose of a trial and suffering – but God knows what we need!

Ill. When I typed the word trial for this message I misspelled it and then I took and look and thought that really is true. A trial is really a trail.

Trial  - Trail

Some strategic suffering is necessary according to God to increase our strength and faith muscle. When under pressure Satan intends for us to fall away from God. What is God seeking by allowing it?

“Therefore since Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind . . .” 
I Peter 4:1

ill. In Marine Corp you had to go to the rifle range every 6 months or once a year regardless of your MOS. If you worked in an office as a clerk you still had to go one week to the range. Why? To arm yourself.

Ill. Commerical airline pilots go through training every 6 months in simulator and the trainer has them go through ever possible kind of scenario. Notice when turbulence or unexpected storm comes the pilots remain calm and the passengers panic. Why? The pilots are armed.

So why does God allow us to go through suffering and trials.

A trial allowed by God is a trail somewhere He wants us to go, and God is arming you for what lies ahead.

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation (trials), for when he is tried, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”  James 1:12

CROWN = represents authority and power.

Charles Spurgeon “If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.”

When trouble comes Xns respond or react:

To react is to do exactly what the enemy hopes you will do. This will draw you away from God.

To respond is to do what God what the Spirit leads you to do.

Ill. When you are in a desert, dry place  and need water but water is scarce in the desert. Where can you get water?

Must go deep. Water is not on the surface but down deep in the earth.

Jesus said = quote John 7:37-39.

Out of the heart flows this river.

Eph. 5:18-19 commands us to be filled not to pray to be filled. How can God command us to be filled with the Spirit? Because as believers we already are filled – but it is down deep in the spirit.  

Refreshing comes from the deep inside you. There is a river. Either a river or a well – both have to have the water

“drawn out” 

ill. Use a bucket on a rope.

“Therefore with joy will you draw out the waters from the wells of salvation.” Isa. 12:3

Joy is not based on how we feel. Joy is our opening ourselves to Jesus and drawing near to God.

Ill. So many people move from church to church, ministry to ministry and conference to conference looking for refreshing or excitement. What you need is already inside you right where you are.

-        Example: Isaac re-digging the wells his father, Abraham had dug but the Philistines had filled up with earth.  Gen. 26:1-3 Isaac did not move to another location because he could not find water. If there had been water there before then there is still water there. He stayed where he was and went deep.

You were healed before and now you are sick again. Don’t go here and there looking for help – re-dig that well. Healing is still there.

You need to go deep – re-dig those wells that have been plugged up.

Isaac did not seek his own ease or pleasure by going down to Egypt during the time of famine as many did. He stayed where God planted him and endured but he also went deep. Let God lead rather than launching out on his own understanding. It takes patience to walk with God.

“Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

“Wait” - #6960 = to patiently hope or expect. To bind together.

Concl: It is so critical to bind yourself to the Word of God and patiently wait for His Word, promise to manifest in His timing and according to His way.

Ill. Parable of the Sower has 4 types of soil. The good soil represents the good heart that receives the Word of God. I can’t tell if you wonderful people are the good soil that I am sowing the Word of God on today. To be good soil that when the Word is sowed into and will produce fruit you have to have one very important and rare fruit already in your life!

I said in the beginning that this fruit is one you cannot live without. Without patience you will not be able to bear any other fruit.

But the seed on the good ground are those who, having heard the Word, keep it in an honest and good heart and

bear fruit WITH PATIENCE.  Luke 8:15