The lesson here is on the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, that give us their spiritual importance in our daily lives. Once we are born again saved, God starts to work on us by His Grace. We are renewed, a new person after the image of God, and we are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
It is a continuing change worked by God in us, freeing us from sinful habits and forming in us Christ-like affections, dispositions, and virtues. It does not mean that sin is instantly eradicated, but it is also more than a counteraction, in which sin is merely restrained or repressed without being progressively destroyed.
Sanctification is a real transformation, not just the appearance of one. The basic meaning of “sanctify” is to set apart to God, for His use. But God works in those whom He claims as His own to conform them “to the image of his Son” (Rom. 8:29). This moral renovation, in which we are increasingly changed from what we once were, flows from the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:13; 12:1, 2; 1 Cor. 6:11, 19, 20; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:22–24; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 13:20, 21). God calls His children to holiness, and graciously gives what He commands (1 Thess. 4:4; 5:23).
Regeneration is birth; sanctification is growth. In regeneration, God implants desires that were not there before: desire for God, for holiness, and for glorifying God’s name in the world; desire to pray and worship; desire to love and bring benefit to others. In sanctification, the Holy Spirit “works in you, both to will and to work” according to God’s purpose, enabling His people to fulfill their new, godly desires (Phil. 2:12, 13). Christians become increasingly Christlike, as the moral profile of Jesus (the “fruit of the Spirit”) is progressively formed in them (2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 4:19; 5:22–25).
Regeneration is a momentary act, bringing a person from spiritual death to life. It is exclusively God’s work. Sanctification is an ongoing process, dependent on God’s continuing action in the believer, and consisting of the believer’s continuous struggle against sin. God’s method of sanctification is neither activism (self-reliant activity) nor apathy (God-reliant passivity), but human effort dependent on God (2 Cor. 7:1; Phil. 3:10–14; Heb. 12:14). Knowing that without Christ’s enabling we cannot do good works, but also that He is ready to strengthen us for all we have to do (Phil. 4:13), we “abide” in Christ, asking for His help constantly— and we receive it (Col. 1:11; 1 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 1:7; 2:1).
The standard to which God’s work of sanctifying His saints is directed by His own revealed moral law, expounded and modeled by Christ Himself. Christ’s love, humility, and patience are a supreme standard for Christians (Rom. 13:10; Eph. 5:2; Phil. 2:5–11; 1 Pet. 2:21).
Believers find within ourselves contrary urgings. The Spirit sustains our regenerate desires and purposes, but our fallen instincts (the “flesh”) obstruct our path and drag us back. The conflict of these two is sharp. Paul says he is unable to do what is right, and unable to restrain himself from doing what is wrong (Rom. 7:14–25). This conflict and frustration will be with us Christians as long as we are in the body. Yet by watching and praying against temptation, and cultivating opposite virtues, we may through the Spirit’s help “put to death” particular bad habits (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). We will experience many particular deliverances and victories in our battle with sin, while not being exposed to temptations that are impossible to resist (1 Cor. 10:13).
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.
There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit in three categories: revelation gifts, power gifts, and utterance gifts. “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you were born again?” Scripture declares that He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and power. The Holy Ghost is the power of God. You can expect Him to take an active role in your life as you experience the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, the anointing, and signs, wonders and miracles.
After Christ’s resurrection, He met with His disciples for forty days teaching about the kingdom of God. He told them not to go into the world until they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He said they would receive power to witness in all the world “after” the Holy Spirit had come on them (Acts 1:8). This is significant. Jesus knew what it would take to build a Church the gates of hell could not prevail against.
Not only will the Holy Spirit help strengthen your spirit, and help you pray effectively, and give you the power to witness, He will also use you to grow in the supernatural power of God. The Holy Spirit is promised to every born again believer. He is given to empower you to do what God has called you to do. In other words, you are gifted by Him to do great things. When the Holy Spirit comes on you, not only can you speak with other tongues, you may be called to prophesy like those in Scripture, you will also be a candidate for the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit. Scripture lays out the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as following.
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Notice “the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” When you receive “the gift”, the Holy Spirit, you also receive the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit “dividing to every man severally as He wills.” These gifts of the Holy Spirit are not just for the preacher; they are for every born-again believer that is baptized with the Holy Spirit and saved by the blood of Christ. He is that “same Spirit” Paul was referring to.
REVELATION, POWER, AND UTTERANCE
The nine manifestations of the Holy Spirit can be broken down into three categories: revelation gifts, power gifts, and utterance gifts.
REVELATION GIFTS (A gift manifestation that knows something.)
1. A word of wisdom
2. A word of knowledge
3. Discerning of spirits
POWER GIFTS (A gift manifestation that does something.)
4. Gift of faith
5. Gifts of healing
UTTERANCE GIFTS (A gift manifestation that speaks something.)
8. Divers (diverse) kinds of tongues
9. Interpretation of tongues
These manifestations of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to every son and daughter of God after they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Wisdom and understanding are on the way.
The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
As you will see in the Scripture verse I will give you later in this lesson there is one very special incredible verse that will tell you that God the Father wants to transmit and impart nine specific fruits of the Holy Spirit up into our personalities.
I have talked on sanctification earlier and now set the stage as to what God is looking to do with each one of us.
God wants all of us to enter into a true sanctification process with Him so that He can begin the process of molding, shaping, and transforming us into the express image of His Son Jesus Christ. He wants to make us into a better and more holy people. He wants to transform us by the renewing of our minds. He wants to put right thinking into our thought process.
Earlier in this lesson I have talked about Sanctification, I gave you the specific verses from Scripture that showed you that it is by the power of the Holy Spirit that this sanctification process is done within you in this life. However, you will not be a passive robot in all of this. You have to be willing to work in cooperation with the Holy Spirit once He begins to start this sanctification process within you.
Your job will be to get into the Word (King James Version Bible) to find out exactly what it is that God is going to want to change about you. You will need to find out exactly what godly qualities God will want you to try and put into your personality, and what qualities He will want you to try and put away.
This lesson will help give you all of the appropriate Scripture verses showing you exactly which qualities and attributes God will want to get worked into your personality, and which qualities He will want to pull out of you. And there is no better place to start this lesson than to show you the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Think about it when God the Father purposely isolates and spells out nine specific qualities that will be coming directly from His Holy Spirit then He is really letting you know the extreme importance of these nine specific fruits.
These nine fruits are major fruits and qualities that are coming direct from God Himself and every Christian should do the best they can to work with the Holy Spirit in getting all nine of these fruits worked into their personality.
Here are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit listed one right after the other. I will then give you the Scripture verse where these nine fruits are coming from, and then do a brief commentary on each one of these fruits so you can fully understand what each one of these fruits are all about, and how they can dramatically change the quality of your life and state of well-being if you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to start to work all nine of these fruits into your personality.
Now here is the specific verse from Scripture where these nine fruits are being given to us by the Lord “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Here is something to think about.
The word Spirit is with a capital S which means these nine fruits are coming directly from the Holy Spirit, not from ourselves.
What this means is that God’s love, God’s joy, God’s peace, and God’s long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance can start to be transmitted up into our personality. These are His divine attributes and personality qualities that will start to move into the core of our personality.
Think about the ramifications of this that God the Father Himself is allowing us to share in part of His divine nature by allowing His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart these nine divine qualities right up into our soul and personality!
This is why God the Father is specifically telling us that these nine fruits are coming directly from His Holy Spirit so that we can all fully appreciate the magnitude of such an experience.
Jesus has already told us that He is the vine and we are the branches. The branches draw their life from the vine, not vice versa. Just as the branch draws its life from the vine, so too must we draw our life directly from Jesus. Jesus will release His divine life directly into us through the Holy Spirit in the exact same way that the vine will release the life of the tree into the branches.
God the Father is giving all of us an incredible revelation on what can go on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm for those who are willing to work with Him in this sanctification process.
Let me go on to describe what each one of these nine fruits are all about thereby making it easier for you to work with the Holy Spirit once He starts to move in on you to try and impart some of these divine qualities and attributes into the core of your personality.
If I had to rank all of the fruits of the Spirit in their order of possible importance, the quality of love would have to be #1. And this is why it may have been listed as the first fruit.
There are some very powerful and profound verses from the Bible on just this one quality alone, and it needs to be taken seriously.
To those of you who will be entering into this sanctification process with the Lord, this quality should be listed as the #1 quality you should really attempt to put on into the core of your soul and personality. The Holy Spirit will be moving on you very early and very quickly to get this quality imparted into your mind, soul, and emotions due to the extreme importance of it in your walk with the Lord. You can be the greatest person of God and have some of the greatest gifts of God flowing through you but if you are not walking with all of this in the spirit of love and humility, it will have all been for naught.
In the rough and tough world we live in with all of the crime, disorder, and bad things that can happen to anyone of us at anytime, many Christians have lost a lot of their joy in the Lord as a result of some of the beatings they have taken in this life.
With the imperfections of our own fallen nature, and then you combine that with how people react differently to adversity, some Christians have literally had most, if not all of their joy in the Lord, knocked right out of them. In the days we are living in, with evil all around us, putting a lot of pressure on us, it is hard to find joy anymore. No matter how bad of a beating you may have taken in this life God can still fully heal, deliver, and restore you if you are willing to work with Him in this healing process. And one of the things that God can fully restore in you is your joy in Him. And not only can the Lord fully restore what joy you used to have in Him, but He can also increase it to a much greater degree and intensity as you grow with the Holy Spirit. And with the quality of joy being one of the nine specific fruits of His Holy Spirit we will be victorious!
Realize that God can transmit this divine quality right up into your personality and this will be His joy, not your joy, once it starts to flow up into you. And once God starts to release His joy into your system, you won’t be able to help but feel it. And once you are able to start feeling it again, it will become much easier for you to learn how to walk back into it in your own daily walk with the Lord.
The Bible says that the joy of the Lord is your strength. This is why it is so important that every Christian have some level of God’s joy operating through them in this life. Without God’s joy operating in your life, your faith can begin to dry up. Nothing is ever fun anymore. Everything can start to become a chore. Before you know it, you will want to start to withdraw from God and others in your life.
The joy of the Lord can really give you an incredible surge of strength in your own daily walk with God especially when you have to take on some really tough situations fighting the evil in this world. This is why each Christian should work very closely with the Holy Spirit in not only getting Him to release His joy into our system, but to also keep it running through us on a very regular and consistent basis.
The Holy Spirit will do this for you if you are open to receiving this divine infusion from Him and are willing to work with Him to keep it properly flowing through you on a regular basis.
This is another major quality that we all need operating in our lives, especially with all of the uncertainty of this life and never knowing what is going to happen next.
Jobs are no longer as secure as they used to be. You never know when the company you work for may be bought out and your job will be gone in a flash. Half of all marriages are still ending up in divorce. We are all forced to constantly live under the threat of future terrorist activity, never knowing when or where the next attack will come from. The evil in this world, and the influence it has on us is hard to bare.
With all of this kind of heightened activity that we are all forced to deal with on a daily basis, it becomes very easy to lose your sense of peace, especially your peace in the Lord. Again, this is one of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit can really help you pick up the slack if you start losing your own sense of peace over some of the storm clouds that could come against you in this life. Realize that the Holy Spirit has His peace to give to you and that He can give it to you in great abundance.
I have found that once His peace starts to flow up into your mind, soul, and emotions, it really is as the Bible says, a peace that surpasses all human understanding especially when that peace comes in right in the middle of a severe storm cloud that you may be going through.The quality of peace should be one of the main qualities that you should try and get worked up into your soul through the Holy Spirit in the sanctification process. Without the peace of God operating in your life, you could become very easily rattled, shaken, tormented, and knocked hard in the faith you have in the Lord the first time any kind of adversity should ever come your way.
One of the main definitions of the word long-suffering is that it is referring to patience. And patience is another sorely needed quality in the fast-paced world in which we live in today.
Just watch people standing in line at the grocery store or at your local fast food restaurant and watch how short some peoples’ fuses are today. Road rage is still a major problem on some of our highways. Look at someone the wrong way and they will want to try and take your head off. Many people have been killed or seriously injured because someone lost his temper over something that was very trivial.
With the fast-paced ways of our society, many people find they have had short fuses and it thus takes very little to set them off. As a result, many people have very little patience operating in their personalities today. Evil in the world today screams at the unsaved to lash out at others, for no good reason.
For Christians, this poses a major dilemma. One of the ways of our God is that He is a very patient and long-suffering God. His ways are not our ways. And one of the things you will find out very early on about His ways is that He works on a much different time frame than we do. And unless you learn to adjust to His time you will find yourself easily losing your patience with Him and how He wants to work things out in your life.
God operates on a much different time frame than we are used to operating in the fast paced world in which we live in. You will really have to work with the Holy Spirit on this particular quality to get it properly worked up into your personality. The reason for this is that your own impatience will start to act up and try to override the patience and long-suffering that the Holy Spirit will try and transmit to you. At times, it may become a battle of wills: your will against His will.
But once the Holy Spirit starts to try and manifest this quality up into your personality, then you have to try and move with it and allow it to get worked into your mind and emotions. If you do, then His patience will start to override your impatience, and before you know it, your fuses will start to lengthen and you will not lose your patience like you used to do.
As all of these fruits of the Holy Spirit start working, you can really see why we all need the patience and long-suffering of the Holy Spirit to start operating in our souls and personalities, especially when we are forced to face any kind of adversity. Sometimes it will be the patience and long-suffering of the Holy Spirit that will be the only thing that will give you the ability to last the entire length of a bad trial. Learn how to ride and flow with the patience of the Holy Spirit in your daily life and walk with the Lord and you will then be able to enter into a much more restful, peaceful state within your mind and emotions. You will be able to help others too stressed to know what they are doing to make good decisions in their life.
As a result of more people being impatient, having short fuses, and with everyone always being in a hurry, many people have lost the ability to treat others with kindness and respect. A kind word, a kind action to another person can really do wonders for them.
When you really study the life of Jesus in the New Testament, you can really tell how kind and gentle He always was with other people in His dealings with them. Jesus is without question, the ultimate role model for all of us of someone who was fully walking and operating in all nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The qualities of kindness and gentleness go hand in hand with the quality of love. Once the Holy Spirit starts to transmit His love up into you, kindness and gentleness follow right along with it. It will then become much easier for you to be able to be kind to others once the love of God starts to flow more into your personality.
You cannot help but be more kind to others if God’s love is flowing through you. This is why the quality of love has to be the main quality that you really concentrate on getting more of from the Holy Spirit. Once the love of God starts to flow and operate through you to touch others, many of the other fruits of the Holy Spirit will then start to follow right after it in domino fashion.
This is a very beautiful quality to have transmitted up into your soul and personality by the Holy Spirit. Not only will you be able to touch others with this godly quality, but you will also be able to touch yourself because you will feel so much better about yourself if you can learn how to treat others with much more kindness and gentleness in your daily dealings and affairs with others.
The Bible says that it is the goodness of God that will lead sinners to repentance and salvation. The quality of goodness is another real powerful quality to have operating through you.
This particular quality has a real drawing power to it. Not only does the goodness of God draw people direct to Him, but this fruit of goodness operating in a believer can also draw people direct to God through the actual believer.
Spirit-filled saints who are walking with many of these fruits operating through them are like a magnet. Many people who have been saved through an individual believer say that what drew them in was the love and goodness they saw shining through that believer.
Jesus says that we are to carry His light and let that light shine before men and not attempt to hide it. Part of His light are these nine fruits of the Holy Spirit shining through an anointed believer. Nonbelievers are really drawn to someone who has some degree of these nine fruits manifesting through their personalities.
However, there is something extra special about the quality of goodness, it’s like having a light shining in the dark, the nonbelievers can see. Many Christians can effectively witness to others by just living right and being a good example and role model for others to follow. Many nonbelievers carefully watch and study some Christians because they know there is something really different about them.
One of the key qualities a nonbeliever will pick up on in a solid Christian is this quality of goodness. This quality has an ability to really get down deep into the core of a believers personality. To those who really have this quality, you can tell that it is something operating deep down inside of them. This quality is not something that waivers like some of the other qualities can do. These people are good down to the very core of their personalities. You can see it and feel it when you get around these types of people.
As a result of seeing this God-like goodness deeply ingrained into their personalities, there is an immediate drawing towards them. You feel totally safe being around them because you know you can totally trust them, and you know they would never deliberately hurt you.
Children are quick to sense and pick up on this quality in people who really have it as well as animals. These types of Christians draw children and adults and animals to them like magnets. This is why this particular fruit and quality is so important for each Christian to have. Because with it, you can easily draw many more people to the Lord.
If the goodness of God will lead people to repentance and salvation with Him then the goodness of God operating through an anointed believer will have the ability to draw nonbelievers into salvation. And the goodness of God can be transmitted and worked up into your personality through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can have the actual goodness of God shining through you to reach others if you are willing to work with the Holy Spirit in this sanctification process. This particular quality is a very powerful fruit to have operating in your personality because of the drawing power it has in it. And the beautiful part about this fruit is that this quality is so pure in its goodness it does not have any manipulative qualities within it.
In other words, a truly good person could not even begin to try and use you or manipulate you for their own personal gain because they are too good and righteous to even begin to think along those lines. This is why these kinds of people are so trustworthy and why so many people are drawn to them because you feel so safe by just being around them.
In the times we live in with half of all marriages still ending up in divorce, and with many people getting back-stabbed in the workplaces with people they thought they could initially trust, this particular quality is one that is really needed in our day and age. This quality is not only needed in our own personal relationship with God, but it is also needed in our own personal relationships with our friends and our families.
Once you are born again saved and have entered into a true personal relationship with the Lord one of the first things you will really have to grab a hold of is holding fast to the Lord and staying faithful to Him for the rest of your eternal life. Once you are born again saved and have entered into a true personal relationship with the Lord, there is no turning back—ever! Your name is either written in the Lamb Book of Life or you have fallen, forsaking God.
This is what got the Jewish people in major trouble with God the Father back in the Old Testament. They could not stay faithful and loyal to Him on a consistent and regular basis. There were times that God the Father was literally calling them harlots and adulterers because they would not stay faithful to Him, especially when they kept chasing after other gods.
God the Father really holds this particular quality in high esteem, and this is one quality that He will really expect you to operate very strongly in not only in your own personal relationship with Him, but also in your other personal relationships with your family and friends. In other words, He wants you to be faithful and loyal to your spouse, to your children, to your parents, and to your good friends and to Him.
Too many people are bailing out from their spouses and their children if they hit a few minor speed bumps in their marriages. Too many spouses are having affairs behind their spouse’s back, thereby destroying all of the trust and faithfulness that may have been built up in the early years of their marriages. Too many fathers are bailing out of their marriages, and then forgetting and forsaking their own children and sometimes for good, never wanting to see any of them ever again!
If God brings you a wonderful mate, wonderful children, and good and wonderful friends then He will expect you to stay loyal and faithful to all of them in your own personal relationships with them. A true friend will stay by your side for life through thick and thin and for better or for worse. Just as God will stay faithful to you in His own personal relationship with you He will expect you to stay loyal and faithful in your own personal relationships with the other people in your life.
With the self-centered and materialistic world in which we now live, where many people’s only goals and ambitions are to get as much as they can out of this life while they still can I am afraid this is one quality that is in very short supply. Most people are lucky if they manage to make 2 or 3 good, loyal, and faithful friends in this lifetime.This is one quality that God the Father is really watching all of us on. He is watching who is going to stay true, loyal, and faithful to Him and who will stay true, loyal, and faithful to the friends and family that are brought into our lives.
In these days evil is working hard to test us, but God is in control and letting evil do the testing. God is the One watching those tested. God is looking for diamonds transformed from the coal tried by fire. The flesh is strong especially in the area of wanting to satisfy its lust for the material things of this life. This is why this quality is one of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. We all need the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit worked into us to help us keep loyal to God, family, and friends.
Many men may draw back a bit from this next fruit, which is the quality of meekness and gentleness. Whether some of the liberals like it or not, Jesus was fully incarnated into a human flesh body but this incarnation was done as a man, fully Man and fully God. He was not incarnated into the body of a woman, no matter how any liberal tries to spin this basic fact, with many liberals trying to make God gender neutral.
Since Jesus walked our earth as a man, study His actions very carefully when you read the gospels and how He handled different types of people. There were times that He would engage and set people straight and be powerful, like He did with some of the Scribes and Pharisees. But there were other times that He dealt with people very gently, with kindness and love. His gentle way of handling some of these people is what really jumps out at you when you really study how He handled different types of people.
Meekness does not mean you’re afraid, a coward. Look at what Jesus did by walking into the hands of Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus knew He was going to die horribly, but he did it for His Father and for us. Meek men chose their fights and when and how to fight them. Jesus is the perfect role model for all of us to study and learn from, especially with how He handled people while He was walking around down here on our earth. For men in particular, His actions and behavior towards others should be a major study for all of us and we should seek to pattern our own daily walk after Him. And one of the divine qualities that He had operating in Him with great abundance was the quality of meekness.
The quality of meekness is another major quality needed in our world today. So many people have been beat up and hurt in their dealings with other people that just a gentle word, a gentle touch from another Christian can really open up the door for that person to be able to receive Jesus and His healing, saving, and deliverance power into their lives.
Once you really start walking in the Holy Spirit with His divine fruits operating and flowing through you, you will really be able to feel and sense when you should handle a certain person or a certain type of situation with more of a touch of gentleness rather than with any kind of stern rebuke or condemnation. There is a time for tough love but there are also times that just a gentle and loving touch is all that is really needed to properly handle a certain situation.
The Holy Spirit will guide you in all of this. Just realize that the quality of meekness is one of the nine fruits of the Spirit, and this is one of the fruits that He would really like to get worked into your personality, especially in being able to use it when dealing with and helping out others.
Parents especially need this fruit operating through them, as it is very easy to get out of balance with the way you are correcting your children. Sometimes more of a tough love approach is needed, but at other times more of a gentle approach will be better suited for the situation.
If all your children ever hear from you are stern words of rebuke and criticism, and it is never properly balanced out with words and actions of love, kindness, gentleness and meekness, then after a certain period of time your children will start to pull away from you, and they then will have no more desire to want to establish any type of good, solid, loving relationship with you. Not only will other people love and gravitate towards you more if you learn how to walk in this quality but you will be at much more peace with yourself since you won’t always have to be fighting and striving with others when trying to help them out.
Last, but not least, is the quality of temperance or self-control. This one is huge, and I mean huge! Once you start to enter into a true sanctification process with the Lord, expect the Holy Spirit to move on you very early with this specific quality. The reason for this is that we all have a certain amount of character flaws operating in our personalities. There are some bad and negative qualities that will have to go.
The Bible tells us that our spirits and our flesh will war against each other in this life. Our flesh wants immediate self-gratification at all costs and will stop at nothing to try and get it. The Holy Spirit knows that our fleshly desires are not right for us and as a result, there will be a tug of war between the two and sometimes it will be a major tug of war. And the only thing that will be able to control and curb some of the desires of our flesh is the quality of temperance self-control.
Since we all live in a very self-centered and materialistic type world today, many people have very poor impulse control. If they see something they immediately want, they will do anything they can to try and get it. They will not be denied until they get what they are going after. These people are obviously very weak in the quality of temperance self-control. This is why the Bible tells us that if we can learn how to really walk in the Holy Spirit, then we will not fulfill the lusts of our flesh.
Due to our fallen and sinful natures, all of us are weak to some degree in the quality of temperance self-control. This is why God the Father made sure to have this fruit listed as one of the nine fruits of His Holy Spirit. We all need God’s temperance self-control operating in our lives and in our personalities if we are going to have any hope in getting cleaned up and properly sanctified to the degree that He would like to get us to in this life.
If you do not have God’s temperance self-control operating through you, you will have very little victory over such things as bad tempers, judgmental and a critical spirit, an unforgiving spirit, and vices such as smoking and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
Once the Holy Spirit starts this sanctification process within you be prepared for some major battles and tugs of wars with Him once He starts coming after some of the negative qualities operating in your personality.
But if you are willing to yield to Him and allow Him to start to work all nine of these fruits into your personality then you will find yourself starting to grow in ways and in areas that you never thought were possible in this life. His supernatural power in this area will blow you away once you see how far He can really take you to become the person that God would like you to become in Him in this lifetime. He starts to work and transmit this quality up into our personalities. This specific quality is one of the major keys in being able to get any kind of victory over some of the lusts and desires of our flesh.
All of the above definitions on each one of the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit give you a perfect description of what each one of them are all about, and why God the Father really wants to work each one of these nine fruits into our personalities.
As you can see when reviewing each one of them, they are all very powerful and they not only have the ability to help change, transform, and sanctify you but they also have the ability to touch all of those around you. Nothing will draw nonbelievers and believers alike to the Lord than a truly sanctified born again saint in the Lord who is walking and operating in all nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. If you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to work and transmit all nine of these fruits up into your personality to some appreciable degree in your life you will then become a light that will literally radiate the presence of God Himself through your soul and personality. This light is what people see, and are attracted to.
You have no idea how many people you will be able to save, touch, witness to, and help disciple if you have these fruits operating through you. These fruits will give you a credibility with God and with other people that no degree or title can give you in this life. This sanctification process is the ultimate, highest aim and goal with God for our lives.
For those of you who are not afraid to let God begin this deeper sanctifying work in your life, you’ll keep these nine fruits of the Holy Spirit in you always.
If on the other hand, the Holy Spirit starts to release His qualities into your personality, but you start refusing to walk and operate the way God wants you to, then He will start to pull back from you after a reasonable length of time.
If He starts to manifest His quality of self-control in you in an effort to try and take out some of the negative qualities that He will not want operating in your personality, and you refuse to rely on that self-control, and you override it and continue to operate in those negative qualities, then again, He will pull it back from you until you are ready to work in cooperation with Him.
This sanctification process is a two way street. God is more than willing and is anxious to do His part but you will have to be willing to do your part. And your part will be to learn what changes God will want to make with you and then start to live, walk, and operate in those specific changes once the Holy Spirit starts this supernatural, sanctification process within you. This part God cannot do for you.
Jesus gave Peter the power and ability to be able to walk on water. But there was one thing Peter had to do before that supernatural power was released to him. He had to get out of the boat and start walking straight forward on that power. It was only when he got out of the boat and started walking straight forward did the supernatural power of God manifest that allowed him to literally walk on water!
It’s the exact same way in this sanctification realm with the Lord. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give you the supernatural power to change, transform, and sanctify you but you will have to be like Peter and be willing to live and walk in that supernatural power before it can really start to work to change and sanctify you.
Jesus is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish and is prepared. He is calling His Church to clean up their act and allow His Holy Spirit to begin this deeper sanctifying work in their lives. However, the choice is up to each individual church and the believers within those churches.
Sanctification is not something that can be forced upon anyone. God really respects everyones free will and He will never force His will or His ways on anyone. What He will do though is decide at your judgement, just where you will spend eternity, you are ether going to Heaven or hell, think on that as you work on the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, and the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit.
To those of you who will decide to enter into this sanctification process with the Lord, realize that all of this will not occur overnight. The Holy Spirit will set the pace and timetable that He will want to work with you. You can perfectly trust Him to handle each of the areas that He will want to get into.
Though some of this may be a bit painful at times, since none of us likes to admit that we have anything that needs to be changed, let the Holy Spirit take you as far as He will want to go with you in this realm and I guarantee you that your life and your state of well-being will all be changed for the better much better!
All glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan