Your Greater Reality: Fruitfulness and Following

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 Bryan Hudson 1 Comments

Galatians 5:22 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

I remember ministering to a believer many years ago who thought that if he got rid of his television, he would be able to draw closer to God. It was a false reality. While it may be useful to remove distractions from our lives, doing so will not bring us closer to God by itself. The key to living "in" God's presence (not just "closer") is not found in focusing on what we "should not" do. The key is found in focusing on our present spiritual realities.

First of all, when we were born again, both our sins AND sinful nature were nailed to the cross where Jesus gave His life for us 2000 years ago. The provision was made and it became our reality when we trusted Christ as our Savior. That's REAL, not just a concept.

Second, the Holy Spirit is at work in us everyday, helping us manifest (or reveal) the "fruit" or character of Christ as outlined in verses 22-23. Again, this is REAL, not imagined.

Third, we need to simply follow the Holy Spirit's leading. When you visit a national park like the Grand Canyon with its precarious trails, there are experienced, knowledgeable guides to lead you. All you have to do is follow instructions, keep close to your guide, and everything will be fine.

100% of my missteps come from not faithfully following God's instruction and direction. The greater reality is that 100% of my blessings come from living in the fruit of the Spirit and walking by faith in a trustworthy God!

1 comment :

  1. I really like your short concise blog lessons.
    Less is more.
    Please continue this. God bless