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The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

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The Fruit of the Spirit is Your Evidence

 

Ephesians 5:18 is written in something called the “present imperative” which means to do something over and over, and over again. It’s not a “one and done!” So this verse could read; “Be filled again and again and again and again with the Spirit. Don’t run out! Don’t run without the Spirit’s power.

That verse in the Message Bible says, “Drink the Spirit of God, drink huge draughts of Him.” In the Amplified Bible, it says to “Be ever filled and stimulated by the Spirit.”

Jesus told a parable in Matthew 25 about ten women. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. Read the story here. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A1-13&version=GW

How do we know if we are full of the Spirit? There must be evidence!

If we were tried by a jury of our peers, would they be able to point to any clear evidence that we consistently live filled with the Spirit? What would that evidence be?

One strong evidence is the Fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5 the Apostle Paul gave us a list of the fruit of the Spirit. These qualities are clear evidence that the Spirit is living within us. The fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.[1]

Paul didn’t call them fruits of the Spirit. We shouldn’t think of them as nine fruits of the Spirit. It’s not like we might get six out of nine of them. No, if we live filled with the Spirit then all nine fruit will clearly be seen in us.

If I’m truly filled with the Spirit I will consistently exhibit genuine love, authentic joy, true peace, real patience with others, kindness for all, a gentle spirit, a faithful heart that shows up, can be counted on, and I maintain control over my body and my fleshly desires.

That’s how I can know if I’m full of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is obvious in my life—the same is true for you. Take a moment and think about it—what evidence do you see in your life?

You can listen to the complete message here.

[1] Galatians 5:22-26.

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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