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Joy for the Journey (2 of 9)
Series: Fruit for the Family
Ernest L. Easley
Galatians 5:22; Romans 14:17
Now for just a few minutes tonight, we're going to pick up where we left off last Sunday night inspecting fruit! Our own fruit! And of course the fruit I am talking about is the fruit of the Spirit.
So join me in Galatians chapter 5 as we continue our Sunday night series: FRUIT FOR THE FAMILY.
Now keep in mind before we begin reading, that there are not 9 fruits of the Spirit, but rather, this fruit has 9 facets! And every Christian has them, all nine! Remember: it is all of the fruit for all of the saints NOT some of the fruit for some of the saints.
Now, don't get the idea that you can somehow produce this fruit. I mean, you cannot simply decide that you are going to be a more loving, joyful and kind person. This fruit is not produced by the flesh!
So, how do we firm up the fruit of love or joy or kindness or whatever fruit needs firming up? That's just it, you cannot do it! So how does it happen? How does it happen in your life? How does it happen in anybodies life? The answer is found in:
John 15.4, ''I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.'' Verse 8, ''By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.''
Learn this: the fruit you bear is in direct relation to your abiding in Christ.
Abiding and bearing! Abiding and bearing! You must abide in order to bear! And if you are not abiding, you will not be bearing!
''He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit.'' And listen again to John 15.8, ''By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.''
Here is our motive for bearing much fruit! Not simply for us to be easier to live with, but to bring glory to God!! ''By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.''
Now having said that, we're reading in Galatians chapter 5 beginning in ...
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