Letters From God

Dove

Julie Andrews

 

The Fruit of the Spirit

The fruits of the Spirit are all personal attributes or characteristics. The are inner qualities that reflect the internal life of a person or individual. They are not outward manifestations of power. They are not the signs and wonder of God, the miracles (Mark 16).

These are the property of God. He gives them as He wills. They are the manifestations of God's power, not man. Therefore they are not the way we should judge a man. Just because the signs and wonders may be present and manifesting with a person does not necessarily mean that the individual is fully yielded and submitted to the God. It just means that God is working through them as a vessel of blessing to others.

The true reflection of godliness is the personal manifestation of God's characteristics, ie the fruits of the Spirit.

When Jesus will say "depart I do not know you" to some, they will protest his rejection saying, "did we not do many wonderful things in your name"? But the works/miracles, the wonderful things, are God's not mans. The iniquity of man is personal - it proceeds from the inner man - what is truly in his heart.

The good fruit, personal attributes, can only come from God, who is Good. If you are grafted into the vine (Jesus) you can only bring forth good fruit. The extent of the good fruit in you is the extent of the grafting.

Jesus was totally grafted into God and only ever brought forth good attributes - love, peace, joy, faithfulness, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. These are inner qualities that can't be counterfeited. Some could be but gentleness and kindness? How many people in the world today would really want to be described as gentle. Especially Men? Yet Jesus Was.

This is why we need to access the so called "men and women of God". What are the personal attributes and characteristics of these people? Forget the hype, the spectacle, the glamour - these are all worldly, empty boxes of nothing. What is the true behavour? - because only good comes from good.

Whatever a person may claim, the godly and righteous will reflect the true nature of Jesus. He is the Author, the prototype of our faith. Forget copying everyone or anything else. Jesus revealed the true nature of God - being his firstborn and begotten Son. Our sonship is based on Him and nothing else.

Therefore, we are able to judge a righteous judgment in the Light of Jesus, who is the Truth. We must hold up each and every man and women of God against the One True Standard - Jesus. It is how we All measure up against that standard within ourselves that reveals who and what we are.

There are many who "do wonderful works" in the Lord's name who are going to be thrown into outer darkness because they are full of iniquity. Lawlessness before God. By their fruit's (personal characteristics) you will know them. Bad fruit - iniquity- does not come from God.

 

 

Gal 5:22 But thefruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Mark 16:15-18 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick person

1Pet 1:5-8 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:4  Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you

1 John 2 15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world,
love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world