by Ernest Easley

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Faithfulness for the Journey (7 of 9)
Series: Fruit for the Family
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 25:14-30
February 29, 2004

As we continue our series of messages on FRUIT FOR THE FAMILY ... join me in Galatians chapter 5! We have for several weeks been examining and inspecting the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. So .. what have you found? I mean .. as a fruit inspector .. how are things looking in your life tonight?

Well .. chances are that you have found some of your fruit mature and strong while other of your fruit is immature and weak! Perhaps you've found some of your fruit splendid and at the same time some of your fruit scrawny!

What condition is your fruit in tonight? Now somebody says, "Why these nine facets? How were these nine selected?" Well .. these nine facets describe for us our Savior: the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is love! Jesus is peace! Jesus is patient! And all the other fruit! The fruit of the Spirit is a portrait .. a description of Jesus Christ!

O.K. .. do you have that down? Now let me ask you this: does fruit ripen suddenly or slowly? Slowly! It takes time for fruit to ripen! Do you know what that tells me? It tells me that Ernest Easley is not going to wake up tomorrow morning and these nine facets of fruit be fully ripen!

Now .. I want all nine facets to be mature because the more fruit I bear the more like Jesus I become. And the more like Jesus I become, the more glory God the Father gets!

So ... the fruit of the Spirit ripens slowly. But how does it ripen and mature? How can I become patient? How do I experience patience and goodness and peace? Through self determination? Can I just decide tonight that I'm going to be more patient and have peace and goodness?

The answer is "No." If you think for a minute that the fruit of the Spirit can become ripe by your determination and self will .. you're going to be one frustrated person!

This fruit not only ripen ...

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