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When the Tree Changes; the Fruit Does!

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An amazing thing happened to me when I asked God to fill me with His Spirit. For all intents and purposes, I became a new person. The desires of my heart changed. The direction of my life changed. The discipline of my life changed. My ability to walk in a consistent, Christ-like way changed immediately. As we look at scripture, this all makes sense. We were warned by Paul in Galatians that our flesh and our spirit are always at war.

In other words, when we walk a life minus the Holy Spirit, we can expect a life filled with bad choices and a life led by fleshly decisions. The list of Galatians 5 is pretty clear. When we are not led by the spirit, stuff like adultery, fornication, dissension, envy, and drunkenness rule our lives. When we are led by the Spirit, the list changes completely.

The Bible says that when we are filled with the Spirit that our lives are marked with having the “fruit of the spirit” in our lives. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In other words, when we are marked and filled with the Spirit of God, we begin to exhibit the nature of God.

We start loving like He loved. We start responding to others like He responded to us. The fruits of the spirit bring life to everyone around us where the fruits of the flesh once brought death. Given the choice, we should always choose His fruit over our own. His fruit will make all the difference in us as we attempt to be people living life in His kingdom. It is time to let His Spirit fill us. God expects this to be the case and the world is depending on it.

Galatians 5:19-24 (NKJV) Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
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