When we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, it produces Godly fruit in our lives. God promises that when we release our will to Him, and ask for forgiveness for any wrongdoing, not only is He faithful and just to cleanse and forgive us, He will empower us through His Spirit to live above ourselves. This is the life of abundance He created us for. With this knowledge, let us actively depend on the Holy Spirit to guide us in God’s ways and not get wrapped up in ourselves.
Christ is our transformer. Our old nature (flesh) will respond just like the world unless we allow Christ to transform us. We do this by renewing our mind by what we read, hear and/or see (His Word) as well as what we DO NOT read, hear or see. This connects greatly to Philippians 4:8 (NIV) which says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Applying the Fruit of the Spirit
Each of these are characteristics of the Holy Spirit’s active and live presence in our daily lives, routines and activities:
- LOVE In this sense, the word love does not refer to a warm feeling but rather a deliberate attitude of good will and devotion to all. Love, in the biblical sense, gives freely and without judging whether the person deserves it or not. Godly love gives without expecting anything in return.
Question: Have I allowed Christ’s love for me to motivate me to love others in the same way, receiving nothing in return?
- JOY The opposite of happiness, joy is gladness that is completely independent of the scenarios or circumstances that happen throughout the course of a day. It is a supernatural gladness, given by God’s Spirit, that will show up best during the hardest of times. Joy is the result of confidence in Christ and remaining focused on God’s purpose for our lives.
Question: Do I experience the joy of life on a consistent basis or is my happiness contingent upon the ease of my day?
- PEACE It is not the absence of confusion or chaos, but the presence of tranquility. It is a sense of wholeness and completeness that is content in knowing that God is in control of the events of every day.
Question: Am I easily frazzled by my life or am I experiencing “the peace that passes all understanding.” (Philippians 4:6-7)?
- PATIENCE This word may also be described as long suffering, forbearance, steadfastness or perseverance. It is the ability to endure the varying degrees that life has, including the ill treatment of others without lashing out/back or having revenge.
Question: Do I get easily set off when things go wrong or allow people to easily irritate me or am I able to keep a Godly perspective in the face of life’s irritable moments?
- KINDNESS This is clearly at work when we look for ways to adapt to meet the needs of others. It can be described as moral goodness that overflows. It is the total opposite of malice.
Question: Do I serve others with kindness (allowing God’s goodness to overflow to others), or am I focused on my own needs?
- GOODNESS The goodness in you desires to see goodness in others and is not beyond confronting wrong. It is reflective of the character of God.
Question: Does my life reflect God’s holiness and does it desire to see that same level of holiness in others?
- FAITHFULNESS This is a firm adherence to allegiance or promises, showing real integrity. Our natural self wants to be in charge but, spirit-controlled faithfulness is evident in the life a person who seeks the good for others and the glory of God.
Question: Do I have areas of indifference or hypocrisy towards others in my life or do I reflect faith in Christ by the way I live?
- GENTLENESS It is not without power and chooses to be meek without weakness. It is forgiving of others, corrects with kindness and chooses to live in tranquility.
Question: Do I come across brash to others or do I allow the grace of God to flow through me?
- SELF-CONTROL Our nature is continually at odds with God’s spirit and always wants to be in charge. When we display self-control, we are literally releasing our own will and choosing to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is in essence power focused in the right place.
Question: Are my fleshly or natural desires controlling my life or am I allowing the Holy Spirit to direct me to the things that will please God and serve others?
Prayer: I arise today, embraced in the arms of God the Father, empowered by the strength of God the Spirit, immersed in the love of God the Son. I arise today inviting the Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- as I choose to walk in the fruit of the Spirit. In my generational line, from Adam to the present, I break off the spirit of control and anything or spirit that is not of you GOD. I break all curses and assignments of the adversary over myself and my generational line. Remove all ungodly spiritual beings and evil networks connected to me and empowered by my ancestors. Remove the veil from my head that hides me from others and God bring me into freedom. Cut the cord that encircles my neck and breathe life into me. This I ask in the name of your Son Jesus, Amen.
*This conludes the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series, the discussion of the fruit of the spirit, and how we can apply them to our lives. If you are joining in on the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series for the first time, please view part one, part two, part three, part four, and part five.
In His Loving Service,
Afua R. Jones