by Steve Wagers

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The Missing Ingredient (9 of 10)
Series: Worship at Its Best
Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 5:18
August 17, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. Be Full!
A) Obediently
B) Completely
C) Repeatedly
2. Be Fit!
A) To Sing with Gladness
B) To Serve with Gratitude
C) To Submit with Grace

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!"

I'm sure that it comes of no surprise to anyone to discover that things produce after their own kind. The fruit is the result of the root. Apples trees do not produce pears; pear trees do not produce apples. Rather, each produces its corresponding fruit.

The same is true spiritually. There is one law that is impossible to break, and it is the Law of Spiritual Harvest. This law simply states that, "We reap what we sow." If we sow to the flesh, we will "of the flesh reap corruption." If we so to the Spirit, "we will of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

In other words, born again, blood bought believers exhibit a definite, distinct, and divine fruit. This fruit is the result of a life under the control of the Holy Spirit.

With that in mind, I want to ask you a question, "Are you filled with the Holy Spirit at this very moment?" I don't want to be impolite, but I want to ask you, and I want you to answer a very personal question, 'are you filled with the Holy Spirit at this moment?" If so, how would y ...

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