Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
24 Nov, 2002 AM
PLACE: BBC Blarney
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
On the very day you got saved, the Holy Spirit indwelt you
On that day, God put His Holy Spirit in you and there He
But He doesn’t sit idly by. He does two things
Changes you from the inside out
Exchanges your old works, with something he calls FRUIT!
The fruit of the Spirit
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
the flesh as listed in Gal 5:19-21.
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ in His word – it’s not complicated.
It just takes effort and focus (Gal 5:25) on your part! God help us ALL to have
personal love-life with the God of this Book!
If you do not have these fruits in your life, it is
because of two possible reasons:
You don’t have the Holy Spirit in there – you only
You have let the devil in there, and he just keeps
trampling down all the growth in your garden, like a kid with a lawn-mower!
So far, we have studied the fruits of Love, Joy, Peace,
Long-suffering, Gentleness, and Goodness
None of these are not natural in our lives – not like
anything this world has to offer – but completely supernatural!
This message will focus on the
seventh fruit of the Holy Spirit: Faith!
These 9 fruit are grouped into
The first three are for the
The second three are given by
God for others
The last three are given to me
to use towards God!
It’s a shame when God only
sees a generation without faith (Dt 32:20)
Biblical Meaning of Faith
It means, “to believe”, to Trust, or to have
confidence in something, or in someone. To be fully persuaded in your mind AND
heart. Firm Conviction.
Most people have one of two kinds of faith
A confidence in their mind, but not heart – always
A confidence in the heart, but not mind –
A true Christian has a confidence in BOTH
The opposite of faith, and belief: Distrust, doubt,
The truth about “faith” (Lk 18:8; 2Thes 3:2)
Not everyone has faith – even though they may claim that
The closer we get to the Second Coming of Jesus, the less
real faith there is on the earth!
If a person lives by the flesh, they will end up with only
“heresies” (work of the flesh). Heresies include (1Tim 4:1-5):
Seducing spirits – lustful spirits
Doctrines not of God, but of devils
Forbidding people to marry – celibacy
Commanding people to abstain from eating meats –
especially on Fridays
These are just SOME of the heresies that people hold to in
the place of real BIBLICAL Faith!
The Holy Spirit gives us the right kind of faith to follow
God, and live for Him faithfully to overcome all the heresies of the world
Source of Faith
How do you get faith? You don’t pray for faith
Faith is not produced in trials.
There it is proven. It is
like a kiln. A kiln will not cause
problems in a piece of clay pottery, but it will reveal them.
Heat in an engine doesn’t cause too many problems, but it may reveal
weakness. Thank God, that He only allows only the right amount of heat or trial
so that you can bear it, and so that you can know the condition of your faith.
Faith is not produced by self hypnosis or even positive
thinking. You can talk yourself
into anything, but that is not faith.
Faith is not repeating something to yourself so many times
it becomes a part of you! It is not
positive reinforcement nor is it visualizing a desire!
What you are supposed to do is nurture the faith that God
already gave you at salvation, by feeding on the word of God. Romans 10:17 makes
it clear that faith is a product of the Word of God (Luke 16:27-31; 1Thes 2:13;
I know people talk about “the church” being the
repository of “faith” but that cannot be true.
The only repository of faith is found in the words of God
The purpose of any church is simply to preach those words,
and none else (1Cor 1:18-21)
It is not “the faith” of any church that we need to
get, but the faith of JESUS CHRIST (Gal 2:20). Always measure your confidence in
God according to Jesus’ confidence in His Father! That’s why God became a
Man – to show us how to live by faith!
Kinds of Faith
Demonic Faith (James 2:19)
Dead Faith (James 2:17-26)
Saving Faith (Eph 2:8,9; Rom 5:1,2)
Determined Faith (Heb 11:6)
Most people have only the first two kinds of faith –
demonic faith or dead faith – all in the head faith
And so, most people die in their sins, even though
baptized, and catechized, and homogenized
All because they won’t exercise simple, child-like
I thank God for people getting born again! But that only
saves your soul – determined faith changes your life – makes you truly
Christian! People who are only saved, are miserable people indeed!
Everyone needs to not only be saved by faith, but LIVE by
faith (Rom 1:17)
Levels of Faith
Faithless – agnostic, or atheist
Little Faith – not in size, but in strength - weak, and
Great Faith – great confidence in God according to His
written word. Jesus said size does not matter (faith the size of a mustard
seed). Just the object of our faith (GOD’S PROMISES) – now THAT matters!
Examples of Faith
Abraham (Rom 4:13-25)
God’s blessings upon Abraham back in Genesis 12 was not
on the basis of him fulfilling the law, but by living by obedient faith (Heb
The law required good works – and therefore nullifies
The law only reveals how sinful we are and brings wrath
Faith and grace go hand-in-hand, and Abraham’s faith,
not his lifestyle is what we all need to be after!
The testing of Abraham’s faith
To believe that God would really give him children, yet
being too old
Against all earthly, normal hope, believed in God’s word
Abraham just believed God, that it would be as God said
Fully persuaded – that’s what we need – only comes
when we delve DEEP into this Book
Therefore, THAT faith was all God needed to make Abraham,
even though a sinner, a righteous man – forgiven, and born again!
The same is therefore true to all who believe in the
finished work of Jesus Christ for us on the cross!
The Thief on the Cross (Lk 23:29-43)
Natural thing to do in that situation was give-up, and
start blaming everything for your troubles
But the one thief broke down, and by simple faith, rested
on what Jesus said – rested on the ability of Jesus Christ. The thief knew
that Jesus wasn’t dying for good, but would only enter into the kingdom that
He had preached about – the thief believed what Jesus said
Jesus turns to him, and gives that thief eternal life,
right on the spot!
There was no way for the thief to earn his forgiveness –
had to obtain it only by his faith in what Jesus said!
It works still today!
Fruit of Faith in the life of a person
– by their fruits, ye shall know them
First, real faith obtains life, eternal life from God
(John 3:16) begins here
Secondly, real faith begins to live for God by faith (Rom
To believe God even in the most awful of circumstances –
as Paul did so many times, especially in the midst of being ship-wrecked, and
stoned, and hunted down!
Living by faith has never been easy
But there is no greater life than one lived by faith,
instead of heresies
Anything that is outside of this Bible is a heresy!
Thirdly, real faith starts to love Jesus Christ (1Pet 1:8)
Your love for God is directly connected to how much time
you study this Bible
All the efforts FOR God will crumble when there is no
sweet, intimate, close devotional time WITH God
Lastly, real faith develops loyalty or consistency to the
Work of God
People come and go – always looking for something better
But the ones who stay, and dig-in, only do so because of
great faith, obedience to God’s will, because they just believe God
And they stay at it – like the apostle Paul – until
the day they die
Because, when it all boils down, our faith is given to us
so that we can: believe God, and obey God, and be faithful to God, all the days
of our lives
A lot of people have some kind of faith. But most have the
worthless kinds: demonic, or dead faith.
Is everyone in this room today trusting the finished work
of Jesus Christ, as described in the Bible? If not, your faith is wasted! If you
are, then praise God!
How about your daily life? Lived by the seat of your
pants, or by faith in God’s word? Big difference!
How is your consistency? Faith, slowly transforms itself
in the life of the believer into faithfulness.
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