THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Contrasted to the works of the flesh is a single-minded lifestyle called "The Fruit Of The Spirit." This is produced in God's children as the holy spirit direct and influence their lives that they destroy the power of sin, especially the works of the flesh, and walk in fellowship with God-
Roms 8:5-14; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Colossians 3:12-15; 2 Peter 1:4-9.
The Fruit of the Spirit includes:
CARNAL AND SPIRITUAL LIVING PART 3
k. Strife- Vigorous or bitter conflict, selfish ambition and seeking of power. Strife is related to envy and refer 2d evil of Selfish Ambition dat forces us to promote our own selfish interests. The practice of selfish ambition in d church is carnal, without d Holy Spirit and inspired by demons- James 3:13-16; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Proverbs 20:3; 29:22.
l. Seditions- Words/actions dat are intended to encourage people to oppose the authority; introducing a divisive teachings not supported by the Word of God, to cause insurrection and rebellion- Roms 16:17; 1 Samuel 15:23; Isaiah 63:10.
m. Heresies- Teachings dat are against d doctrines of God by false prophets. It is also creating division within d congregation into selfish groups or cliques, meant to destroy d unity of d Church- 1 Corinthians 11:18-19; 1 Timothy 6:3-5.
q. Reveling- To spend precious time enjoying oneself in a noisy,rowdy, unrestrained environment. Indulge in boisterous festivities or merrymaking. A party spirit involving alcohol, drug, sex- 1 Corinthians 5:11.
The Bible final comment on the works of the flesh is stern and forceful: any so called Christians who engage in these types of activities shut themselves out of the kingdom of God- Galatians 5:21; Roms 6:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:19.
Galatians 5: 16-26
No passage in the Bible draws a clearer contrast between the lifestyle of the Spirit-filled believer and dat of a Carnally minded person than our Bible Text.
Apostle Paul not only discusses the general difference in lifestyles by emphasizing that the Spirit and the flesh are at war wt each other, but he includes s specific list both of the works of the flesh and fruit of the Spirit.
WORKS OF THE FLESH
Works of the Flesh is the sinful element in human nature wt it's corrupt desires. It remains within the christian after the conversion and is a deadly enemy to him/her
( Romans 8:6-8,Romans 8:13; Galatians 5:17,Galatians 5:21 ).
Those who practice the deeds of the flesh cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21).
Hence, they must be resisted and put to death in a continual warfare that the believer wages thru the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:4-14).
The works of the flesh include:
- Adultery- Sexual relations of a married person wt someone other than his/her spouse
Exodus 20:14; Proverbs 6:26, 32-33; Hebrews 13:4
U ARE ADULTEROUS IF U SERVE MORE THAN ONE GOD-
Jeremiah 9:2, Mark 8:38
- Fornication- voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.
Any immoral sexual conduct.
It could also be taking pleasure in pornographic pictures, films, magazines etc-
1 1 Corinthians 6:9; Proverbs 5:20-23; 1 1 Corinthians 6:15-20. Jude:17
NOTE-- Because of the far-reaching and fearful consequences of adultery/fornication on all involved, we should run fm every temptation and shun all associations that might lead to these sins.
We pray to be delivered fm temptation (Mat 6:13) every time.
- Uncleanness- This includes Sexual Sins- masturbation, same- sex activities, oral sex etc;
Evil Deeds and Vices- chronic lying, deceits, stealing, duping and any other evil thoughts and desires fm the heart-
1 Thessalonians 4:7; Matthew 23:27; Roms 6:19
- Lasciviousness- Unrestrained vice or sexual freedom ie feeling or showing strong sexual desire.
Following one's passions and desires to the point of having no shame or public decency. Eg Gay marriages, prostitution etc-
- Idolatry- Worship of spirits, persons, or graven images.
It is also the trust in any person, institution or thing as having equal or greater authority than God and His Words-
- Witchcraft- A Witch is a female who specializes in evil and wicked deeds.
Witchcraft therefore involves, sorcery, spiritism, black magic-
use of charms and evil spirit to manipulate a victim;
worship of demons and the use of drugs to produce "spiritual" experiences-
Exodus 7:11,Exodus 7:22; 8:18, Exodus 22:18.
U ARE A WITCH IF U INDULGE IN THE USE OF JUJU/CHARMS FOR WHATEVER REASON
OR REBELLIOUS- 1 Samuel 15:23
OR ENGAGE IN SERIOUS BACKBITING AGST SOMEONE ELSE TO BRING HIM/HER DOWN.
- Hatred- Intense, hostile intentions and acts, extreme dislike or enmity-
Leviticus 19:17, 1 John 2:9-11, 1 John 3:15, 1 John 4:20.
THE ONLY THING U ARE PERMITTED TO PASSIONATELY HATE IS SIN-
Psalm 97:10, Proverbs 8:13.
- Variance- Quarreling, antagonism, contention, a struggle for superiority, playing " the odd- man out"-
Proverbs 18:6; 22:10, 1 Corinthians 1:11; 3:3.
- Emulations- Efforts or desire to equal or excel others, jealous rivalry, resentfulness, envy of another's success-
Roms 13:13, 1 Corinthians 3:3.
ANYONE WHO INDULGES OR CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES SHUT THEMSELVES OUT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD-
Galatians 5:21; Roms 6:1-3.
BE WARNED -
2 Timothy 2:19.