In the average so-called Christian today we find the opposite. The moment you receive Christ as your Savior, that self is put down. Christ is put on the throne in your life, and the Spirit of God dominates your life. However, self is still there—sometimes hidden, sometimes quiet—waiting for the opportunity and the chance to attack the citadel of your soul and take control again.
You have the will as a Christian to yield either to the flesh and live a fleshly, carnal life; or to yield to the Spirit and live a Spirit-filled life. Which life are you living? Are you living a fleshly, carnal life? Oh, you go to church, but there is no daily walk or fellowship with Christ.
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God never meant it to be that way. God meant the Christian life to be on the highest possible plane at all times, bearing the fruit of the Spirit. I cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit by my own strength. I cannot love, I cannot have joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance by myself. I have no power.
The Fruit of the Spirit
But this Holy Spirit, who lives in me since I received Christ as my Savior, is the one who gives me the power to love. He gives me the joy. He gives me the peace. He gives me the patience. He bears the fruit in my life. Is your life filled with immorality?
Is it filled with idolatry? That is, do you have more time for other things than you do for God? Is there hatred?
Is there wrath? Is there strife? Is there partying? Is there envy? Is there jealousy? Now regarding the fruit of the Spirit: The first one is love, and this is the heart of it all, because all of them are wrapped up in this one word: love.
There are three words for love in Greek. In English there is only one.
But in Greek, eros is sensual love. Matthew They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. Matthew ,12 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven….
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Matthew But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Exodus And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
What does it mean to bear much fruit?
Isaiah Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. New International Version "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. New Living Translation I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. English Standard Version Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits.
Berean Study Bible Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Berean Literal Bible Because of this I say to you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and will be given to a people producing its fruits. New American Standard Bible "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.
The prophets frequently compared the people of Israel to a vineyard. Jesus takes this parable of Isaiah as his starting-point.
Instead of placing the emphasis on the quality of the grapes produced in the vineyard, Jesus speaks of the tenants of the vineyard who refuse to give the landowner his produce. Jesus is now in Jerusalem and he directs these words to those in authority, who, like many of their forefathers, do not heed the messengers of God and fail to produce a harvest of good works for God.