to Study Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
I. Introduction (2Peter 1:4-10)
Message title sounds negative – and it is
Especially because it strikes at the very heart of every Christian –
“am I producing ANY fruit as a Christian?”
This is the introduction to a new series of messages on the Fruit of the
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer at salvation –
E. These are God’s replacements for theseventeen WORKS of the flesh
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal walk and
relationship with Jesus Christ
The works of the flesh occur naturally – they “just happen” –
they are the results of doing NOTHING – that’s why LAZINESS is the source of
the majority of our sins folks!
Without spiritual fruit in my life, I am barren
But the Christian was not saved to live that way (2Pet 1:4-10) – se
especially verses 8 and 9!
H. If a Christian is living an empty life spiritually, then they need to realize that Christ has given them all they need already to defeat all17 sins
The fruits of the Spirit can be intimidating.
Working all nine of these traits into your life seems impossible, and indeed it
is. But the moment you became a Christian, the Holy Spirit began a divine work
to produce Christ's character in you. Regardless of who you are, the Spirit
works from the same model, Jesus Christ. The Spirit looks to Christ in order to
find the blueprint for your character.
The Spirit will immediately begin helping you
experience and practice the same love that Jesus had when He laid down
His life for His friends.
The same joy He experienced will now
The identical peace that guarded the
heart of Jesus, even as He was being beaten and mocked, will be the peace that
the Spirit works to instil in you.
The long-suffering/patience Jesus had
for His most unreachable disciple will be the patience that the Spirit now
develops in you.
The gentleness Jesus showed toward
children and sinners will soften your heart toward others.
There will be a goodness about you that
is only explainable by the presence of the Spirit of God.
The Spirit will build the same faith
into you that led Jesus to be entirely obedient to His Father.
The Holy Spirit will blossom the same meekness
that made Christ great
The Spirit will teach you temperance/self-control
so that you will have strength to do what is right and to resist temptation.
All of this is as natural as the growth of
fruit on a tree. You do not have to orchestrate it on your own. It automatically
begins the moment you become a believer. How quickly it happens depends upon how
completely you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit's activity.
This message is intended to help you begin to
do just that!
Background (Mk 11:12-14,20,21)
Jesus has entered into Jerusalem – what people have called, Palm Sunday
He has gone right into the Temple, and kicked out all the merchants out
of it, and called for it to be returned to a place of Prayer
The next day, as He is re-entering Jerusalem, He is hungry, and seeing a
FIG tree with leaves, He looks for some fruit
But there is none
The tree is barren of fruit – empty, sterile!
There are leaves – so you can’t blame the soil
But there are ONLY leaves, so it is nothing more than a plant, not a
fruit tree as it was supposed to be
This fig tree is representative of two things
Israel – lots of prophecies about Israel as a fig tree
Both were called out by God from the world system
Both were designed by God to produce fruit
Both had loads of investment of time and blessings of God
The infallible words of God
But, for the most part, neither has been very fruitful as a whole
Yet BOTH are so self-righteous, thinking they don’t need fruit!
So, how could a barren and unfruitful life be corrected?
Christ Curses the Fig Tree
Corrective because it scares us away from a lackadaisical lifestyle
It shows us God expects some things from us
We have such a sinful disposition – only expect things FROM God
But we were created, and then later saved to glorify GOD
There comes a time when we need to stop taking God’s grace for granted
That only occurs when people get scared a bit – called having the
fear of the Lord
He ONLY cursed the Fig tree – instead of us at first
It was just a fig tree
It was a warning shot – made it an example to us
Showed how serious He was about us living for Him, instead of for self,
and especially for the devil!
HE Himself became cursed on the cross – instead of us (Gal 3:13)
Jesus is not some tyrant
He, as Judge, takes the judgment of all sins, and dies
Thank God – thank God – thank God!
Without this step, there would have been no way to correct our lives
You can’t LOVE people to God
People have to RUN to Christ
Commands us to Repent
We often repent of sin and ungodliness in our lives
Instead we should be repenting of not nurturing the fruit of the Holy
Spirit in our lives (Gal 5:16)
We focus on trying NOT to sin, instead of TRYING to walk in the Spirit,
and do RIGHT
We so often repent of what we naturally do (Gal 5:19-21)
Adultery, fornication, pornography, uncleanness (of imagination),
Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance (inconsistent), emulations (acting
Wrath, strife, seditions (hatred of authority), heresies
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings
And the list goes on, and on, and on!
What every Christian needs to see is that our biggest sin is that we keep
focusing only on the sin, instead of the cure
God’s cure for a life of adultery and fornication is a life of giving
out God’s love
Every Christian needs to repent of NOT doing right, instead of repent
only of doing WRONG (James 4:17)!
Calls us to
God has a large garden
Christ is the vine – the source of all we are and need
We are the branches, attached to the vine
In order to NOT be barren – we are that way by default
We need to “abide in the vine” – stay close to Him
We need to soak up God’s word – it cleanses us
We need to let Christ abide in us – be Lord IN us
Then, and only then will we begin to bare fruit, and not just a bit, but
Those who ignore this principle, get burned so to speak by the world –
by the works of the flesh
with Love (Gal
5:22) Which we will begin with next week
Mark my words… The kind of love that God is talking about here
Is NOT the world’s kind of love
Is not the modern day “christian’s” kind of LUV – dopey, gooey,
The kind of love this church needs is called fervent charity – it
a. Tough love
b. Tender love
c. Sacrificial love
d. Forgiving love
e. Radical love
f. Steadfast love
g. Unending love
The Need for this message series
The world already is barren – they know it – that’s why drugs,
drink, murders, adulteries, beatings, hatred, all are on the increase
This ought not to be true in Christianity
A barren Christian is one of the most miserable creatures
It’s just like a man without an accomplishment in his life – nothing
to show for years and years
The Cure for Barrenness
Take note of Christ’s curse of the fig tree, and of God’s curse of
His Son in our place
Abide – stay near the Lord, His word, and His work IN your life –
quite running from it
Repent of NOT focusing on baring spiritual fruit in the place of sins!
Start and end with love – real love.
Have you accepted God’s love on the cross for you?
This week, lets pay special attention as we read and study God’s word,
and take notice of all the times God tries to teach us about HIS kind of love!