Inconsistent Fruit – Fruitolicious #5

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Inconsistent Fruit

The word “Spirit” is with a capital “S” – which means these 9 fruits are coming directly from the Holy Spirit, not from ourselves. It’s not in my own strength but it is God…! Who is all the while effectually and fervently at work in me…! Creating both the will and the desire to do His good works.

What this means is that God’s love, God’s peace, God’s joy, and God’s goodness 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 my personality. Think about the ramifications of this – that God the Father Himself is allowing me to share in a part of His divine nature by allowing His Holy Spirit to transmit and impart these nine divine qualities right up into my soul and personality!

Jesus says 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 my life directly from Jesus. Jesus will release His life directly into me through the Holy Spirit in the exact same way that the vine will release the life of the tree into the branches.

In one short, but incredible powerful Scripture verse, God the Father gives me an incredible revelation on what can go on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm if i am willing to do my part in this process.

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 life changing journey with the Lord. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give me the supernatural power to change, transform, and purify me – but i 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 purify me.

Jesus is coming back for a Bride that will be without spot or blemish. He is calling His Church meaning me to clean up my act and allow His Holy Spirit to begin this deeper purifying work in my lives. The choice is mine. Purification or the Fruit of the Spirit is not something that can be forced upon me. God really respects my free will and He will never force His will or His ways on me.

i have decided to enter into this purification process with the Lord – realizing that it will not occur overnight. The Holy Spirit will set the pace and timetable that He will want to work with me on. i can perfectly trust Him to handle each of the areas that He wants to get into.

Some of this has been and will still be a bit painful at times, since don’t particularly like to admit that i have anything that needs to be changed, i will let the Holy Spirit take me as far as He wants to go with me in this journey – and I know that my life and my state of well-being will all be changed for the better – much better!

i made it all this time without going to Webster’s for a definition of inconsistent but, i officially yield to today.

Inconsistent: lacking in harmony between the different parts or elements; self-contradictory: an inconsistent story. lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance: a summary that is inconsistent with the previously stated facts. not consistent in principles, conduct, etc.: acting at variance with professed principles.

That last definition catches my attention, acting at variance with professed principles. my experience with fruit is just that. The fruit has a variance from piece to piece. i can eat a couple of grapes that are just as sweet as can be and then get one that is just bad, a variance. The professed principles are not verbal profession nor a written profession but rather an implied profession. Once i taste the flavor and or sweetness of any piece of fruit i take it as a profession of what it is and what i can expect from it now and in the future. Then when i get something less than what i thought was professed i become dissatisfied. That will preach.

As for principle: the nature of, a piece of fruit, in my mind should have a nature that is common from one piece to the other. An orange should have the same nature from piece to piece. i will surrender to the idea that there are different regions an orange can be grown in and that will adjust the taste. i also understand that the soil, the weather, including temperature and a variety of other things may also adjust the taste, but ultimately my opinion is that if there is not a consistent acceptable level of flavor then why bother. i see that applying those thoughts and views to my spiritual life does not work so well. Just as the “world and life” play havoc with the taste of my fruit so it does with my spiritual walk.

i have been looking at why the fruit is inconsistent and have found some scientific answers. Now i must remember that good or right answers are not enough. Knowing the why does nothing to change the fruit directly. But knowing why can help the fruit grower and i to make changes. my words and actions can become a sweet-smelling fragrance… In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads me from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through me, he brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere i go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, i give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation—an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat me more like the stench from a rotting corpse. 2 Corinthians 2:13-15

Realize this is the goal to be achieved and not what occurs on a consistent basis at this time. Each day i should wake up and apply a label that says, “New and Improved.” The other option would be to say, “Buyer Beware” as you never know what you’re going to get from day-to-day. That works for my spiritual life as well except the buyer is the Father and those other people that i am to love as myself.

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