Bearing Spiritual Fruit; Not Religious Nuts


 

Galatians 5:16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

 

Are you bearing spiritual fruit or fleshly fruit?

In Christ, we are suppose to discern the darkness from the light. This goes back to bearing fruit. If you bear ugly, prideful fruit it will show. If you bear spiritual (Jesus-like) fruit it will show.

Jesus was to be our example. What did he do when he was here?

John 4:34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Are you doing the will of Him that sent you? Or are you doing your will?

Which ever will you are doing, it bears fruit. Good or bad.

Matthew 7:15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew 12:33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

 

Click here for concordance: Beware of false prophets [5578], which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening [727] wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits [2590]. Do men gather grapes [4718] of thorns [173], or figs [4810] of thistles [5176]?

In looking up these words I thought it most interesting that the words ravening and fruits had identical foundation words.  One is speaking of the evil wolf and the other is speaking about good fruit.  These identical words are:  to seize, catch, pluck, pull, take by force, to take for oneself, to choose, to lift up, to take up or away, to raise, keep in suspense, to sail away, away with, bear, carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take.

It is also interesting that Jesus connected false prophets, wolves, thorns and thistles together in context. Ravening wolves have sharp teeth in which to seize, catch, pluck, pull, take by force, to take for oneself, etc.  Thorns and thistles are sharp and can catch prey.

These are a very good description of false prophets!  A wolf may dress like a sheep, but when it bares its mouth, there is no disguise.  Likewise, we shall know a false prophet by his mouth.  Is he biting and devouring others? Does he slander, gossip, criticize, judge?  Does he seize the sheep for his own ambitious purposes?  Does he pluck them for his own use?

If you bear good fruit to the outside world but are rotten on the inside, you have totally missed the point. What really matters to you; the world or God?

I am totally against judging others but we as Christians are to be fruit inspectors. The bible plainly speaks to us about discerning spirits.

What is discerning?

This word discern perfectly describes the process of discerning between good and evil.  When one perceives something that opposes the Holy Spirit, he will naturally withdraw, oppose, hesitate, doubt, waver, stagger, even if he does not have the words to understand why he feels this way.  It is like an inner wrestling contest to try and distinguish between the real truth and the false.

1 Corinthians 12:7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10To 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: 11But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

In the concordance: pneuma from NT:4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy Spirit:

There are four types of spirits in the above Greek word: man’s spirit, God’s Spirit, angelic spirits and evil spirits. The gift of discerning of spirits is the ability to discriminate these four types of spirits.

1.   THE SPIRIT OF MAN

Samuel went through the process of discerning the spirit of man, in choosing David to be king.  God told him not to look on the outward appearance when going through the selection process.  He discerned the brothers who stood before him, refusing each as the choice to be king over Israel.  God allowed Samuel to go through this process until David stood before him.   The Lord then spoke and said, “This is he.”  (1 Samuel 16:6-13

The Lord discerned Saul’s heart when He said to Samuel: (1 Samuel 15:11) It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night

Achish discerned David’s spirit to be like an angel:  (1 Samuel 29:9) And Achish answered and said to David, I know that thou art good in my sight, as an angel of God: notwithstanding the princes of the Philistines have said, He shall not go up with us to the battle.

When we discern the spirit of man, it is more like discerning their motives.  Motives are the intent or reasons for ones choices and behaviors.  We can discern evil motives like ambition, jealousy, compromise, lust, competition, anger, unforgiveness, rebellion, unteachableness, pride, etc.  These evil motives are like seeds within man’s heart that eventually lead man into making sinful choices.  (If we do not repent {change our thinking} of these things, they are nurtured and come to sinful fruition within our lives.)  When we have the gift of discernment, we will be able to easily tell when people say things, why they are saying them and from what “motive” it is coming from.  Most of the time this will be quite obvious and be an instant knowledge. 

2.  THE SPIRIT OF GOD

Eli discerned God’s Spirit was talking to the boy Samuel, when Samuel could not: (1 Samuel 3:7) Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

The easiest way to discern God’s Spirit, outside of comparing it with the scriptures is to check whether it is quickened to your own spirit.  “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”  (John 6:63)  God’s Spirit gives life.  He can give only good gifts.  (James 1:17)

3. ANGELIC SPIRITS

This subject I am still studying on and it is very deep and a very interesting study. However, I can’t write about it right now. Please stay tuned.

4. DEMONIC SPIRITS

Paul opposed the evil spirit that was actually saying something good:

Acts 16:16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Paul discerned the spirit to be one of divination, and rebuked it.

The scripture also says that the enemy can be disguised as an angel of light, therefore we must discern whether the angel serves the Lord or the enemy.  (2 Corinthians 11:14)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1) 

What does it mean “try”?

In the concordance: Try NT:1381
dokimazo (dok-im-ad’-zo); from NT:1384; to test (literally or figuratively); by implication, to approve: KJV – allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.

Ask questions. If both parties abide in Christ the conversation will flow easily. You will connect in a spiritual nature to each other.


Jesus said to His disciples,

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue [abide] ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain [abide] in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:7-11).

When we abide in Christ and His words abide in us, we bear the fruit of the Spirit and our Father is glorified. This, in fact, is our divine calling:

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you” (John 15:16).

The fruit of abiding in Christ will become apparent in your life: Do you love your brother? Do you also love your enemy? Do you enjoy spending time in the Word searching and receiving hidden treasures? Do you have inner peace and joy in chaotic circumstances? These are all evidences of abiding in Christ,

“whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:8-9)

 

“receiving the end of your faith” What do you think that means? “Your” is the key word. Once you abide in Christ, it is all about THE faith which is Christ.

Matthew 19:26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Philippians 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

 

 

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