Flow in the Fruit
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the power of God were flowing through you all the time? Wouldn’t it be marvelous if you could walk in His supernatural might every day of your life?
There’s no question about it. That would be a glorious way to live. But most Christians don’t believe it’s possible. That’s because they think God’s supernatural power comes only through the gifts of the Spirit, and the Bible says those gifts are given only as God wills.
While it’s true that we can’t operate in the gifts of the Spirit-such as words of wisdom and knowledge, gifts of healing and miracles-24 hours a day, God has given us a well of supernatural power that is continually bubbling up within us. He has made resident within our born-again spirit a mighty force that can enable us to overcome anything the devil might throw our way any moment of the day or night.
Galatians 5:22-23 calls this unbeatable force the fruit of the spirit. It includes love, joy, peace, long-suffering (or patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (or self-control). Contrary to popular belief, the fruit of the spirit doesn’t just consist of a nice set of qualities we should adopt so we’ll be pleasant company-although people who have this fruit are delightfully pleasant! The fruit of the spirit actually releases the supernatural power of God in our lives.
Love, for example, is God’s power to overcome every obstacle, for as 1 Corinthians 13:8 (New International Version) says: “Love never fails.” Joy fortifies you with supernatural power when you start to weaken, for Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Peace undergirds you and helps you make supernaturally correct decisions, for Colossians 3:15 (The Amplified Bible) says, “Let the peace…from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds…].”
And on down the list I could go.
The fruit of the spirit is God’s provision for the strength of your character to be developed, so you can be overcoming in all circumstances. Study it. Learn to yield to it. Watch that life force come out of you and put you over as you grow. When you do, you’ll flow in the fruit…the fruit of the spirit!
Exodus 37-38; Luke 3 – I flow in the fruit of the spirit. I allow love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance to grow and develop in my life.
Heiligschriftstudium: 2 Peter 1:5-11