Jesus taught His disciples that they could only be fruitful as a direct result of abiding in Him; a relationship that is carefully nurtured. Jesus explained how He would make it possible for His disciples to abide in Him and bear the same Fruit. First, He would send the Holy Spirit (the mind and power of God) after His death to abide in them and Second, to guide them (John 16:5-15; John 14:16-26). The Holy Spirit is the Christ-life within you that produces the Fruit of godly character in you.
What is this Fruit? Galatians 5:22–23 gives us the answer: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against such there is no law." The Fruit of the Spirit, then, is the true character of the Christian life that replaces the self-life, or old man, as the Scriptures label our sin nature (Ephesians 4:22-24). The result will be that you will fulfill the intended purpose of the Law – loving God and man (Galatians 5:23).
The first three of the Fruit – love, joy, and peace are primarily inner virtues. The next three virtues – longsuffering, gentleness, and goodness deal more with social situations; best expressed in our relations with others. The last three virtues – faith, meekness, and temperance are all linked to one’s personal discipline.
This month we will concentrate on: “But the Fruit of the Spirit is FAITH – meaning Faithfulness. Faithfulness is firm devotion to God, loyalty to friends, and dependability to carry out responsibilities (Colossians 3:23).
The behavior of a faithful Believer trusts what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or his or her own eyes tell them (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They trust God will work out everything for good (Romans 8:28); trust God will work His Will in them (Philippians 2:13); and trust that their situation on earth is nothing compared to their future reward in Heaven (Romans 8:18).
Being a Believer of God, you are loyal, trustworthy, and reliable wherever you are and in whatever you do. If you are married, you will be faithful to your husband or wife. If you are an employee, you are going to be faithful to your job and to your supervisor. If you are a church member, you are going to be faithful to your church (Luke 16:10-12).
Allow the Holy Spirit to develop faithfulness within you, so you might be blameless before others and not hinder the testimony of Christ (Philippians 1:6).
Revelation 2:10b says, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
In order to bear good Fruit, you must first join your life to Jesus Christ (John 3:16; John 14:6). In order to join your life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you must believe in Him and receive His offer of forgiveness (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
You can use the following prayer or your own words: Lord Jesus, I believe You are truly the Son of God, who came in the flesh. I believe You died for me and that Your blood pays for my sins and your resurrection provides me with the gift of eternal life. I receive You as my personal Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Amen.
The tendency to sin remains part of the human experience, but as a Believer, you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it (Romans 6). Willingly turn from your sins and nail your natural evil desires to the cross, how, by daily confessing your sins (1 John 1:9), committing your sinful tendencies to God’s control (Philippians 2:13), crucifying them, and moment by moment drawing on the Holy Spirit’s power to overcome them (Galatians 2:20; 5:24).
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