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The Fruit of the Spirit (13 of 16)
The last time we studied Galatians, we looked at Galatians 5:16-26. We talked about how important it is to fight for your life. To win the war over the flesh. Paul has turned a corner in his letter. Previously, he had been dealing with the legalists and Judaizers and combating their false teaching. Now, he is showing the faithful believers what it looks like to walk with Christ. He tells them, ''If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.''
One of the most important elements to walking with Christ is learning to ''walk by the Spirit.'' This helps us develop ''the fruit of the Spirit'' and avoid ''the works of the flesh.'' We briefly covered the fruit of the Spirit in our last message. But tonight, I wanted to take some time to dive in a bit deeper in our understanding of what it means to live and walk ''[according to] the Spirit.'' READ TEXT - PRAY
*I once read of a little boy who used to escape his bedroom after being punished. He would crawl out of his bedroom window down an old fruit tree to the ground. One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down the fruit tree, because it hadn't borne any fruit for a number of years. That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples, and during the night, tied those apples on the barren branches. The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, ''Honey, I just can't believe it! That old tree hasn't yielded any fruit for years, and now it's covered with apples. And, the most amazing thing is that it's a pear tree!''
Far too often we think that the Fruit of the Spirit is something we have to add to our Christianity. The reality is, it's something God produces in us as we walk faithfully with Him. Here's a principle I want you to remember as we walk through this text tonight: It's your job to abide in Christ and it's God's job to produce the fruit. ...
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