Series on the Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Introduction (Philp 4:4; Gal 5:19-23)
There are NINE fruits placed in the life of the believer
at salvation – list them
These are God’s replacements for the seventeen WORKS of
Lust GETS – Love GIVES
Happiness is TEMPORARY – Joy is ETERNAL
Anxiety and worry KILLS (stress) – Peace and rest gives
Do you see how the world has substituted POISON fro
God’s fruit in us!?
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!
The fruit of the Spirit is a direct result of my personal
walk and relationship with Jesus Christ – it’s not complicated. It just
takes effort and focus (Gal 5:25)
Without spiritual fruit in my life, I am barren, empty,
and may just not even be saved!
The FRUIT of the Holy Spirit is what we need – not the
gifts of the spirit
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
all 18 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.
It 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 will focus on the
second fruit of the Holy Spirit - Joy!
The Need for Christian Joy
The ONE thing we need is joy in our relationship with the
It is lacking because most “Christians” do not REALLY
love God, or God’s word at all – they all SAY they do, but their JOY
indicator shows them to be LIARS!
People shout all afternoon at Ball games
People laugh for hours at comedians till their sides split
They LUST at fashion shows and TV programmes and movies
They SING LOUD and CLEAR at pubs
They get all excited when they win €100 in the lotto!
They weep over romance novels, and at Coronation Street
But they cannot make even a holy GRUNT under the preaching
of Gospel truth, and they never stand up and shout at the victory over the devil
when ONE SINNER repents, or one Christian gets right with God!
It’s time this church got excited about things worth
Message – Joy – the Fruit of the Spirit
A God-given attitude of the mind, that over-rides
all circumstances and feelings that are against the reality of Jesus Christ -
The opposite of joy is Sorrow, sadness, and constantly
The world has no joy - can only offer happiness– a
feeling that offers us a short-lived bit of excitement, based only on good luck
happening to us
Most of life is lived searching for happiness,
for things to go right for us
Sadly, so few know the fruit of real Joy in their
importance of having a joyful attitude
– Laughter is one of the best mental tonics known to man – it’s the second
most powerful emotion next to love. It can dispel anxiety, stress, fear, and
worry, and it stimulates great healing processes built-into your body. That’s
why God gave us joy – He gave us the supernatural ability to
laugh when we feel like crying
Sources of Joy
(Lk 10:1-11,17a) – Quite a few sources
Working for the Lord – knowing God’s will for your
life and living it
Working with other Christians – rarely called to go it
Having a burden for the lost – strange contradiction:
having a burden for lost souls brings great joy as you pray for more labourers,
and then seeing more going out and reaching this world!
Doing God’s work, God’s way
(10:3) – as lambs among wolves – not as ARMY TANKS over tulips!
Living by faith (10:4), not by your own ideas!
Not caring whether people accept or reject you – just
whether you have done what God told you to do
All of these were sources of Christ’s joy (Heb 12:2)
But the BEST source of joy is knowing you are SAVED, BORN
AGAIN! THAT ought to be enough to get you shouting every day (Lk 10:20)
People get all excited about (Lk 10:17-20)
Controlling demonic powers in the world – like
Possessions (Lk 12:13-15) – the man thought he would be
happy if he just had his half of the inheritance
Having people admiring them (Jude 1:16) – makes them
feel important, and worthwhile – otherwise are depressed
Yet, NONE of that compares to Calvary, and the excitement
in heaven over sinners getting saved from an eternal hell fire!
Signs of Joy -
Real Joy is Visible – easily seen – four signs of joy
– the right kind of sorrow gives way to joy
If it just keeps building, then you have the wrong kind of
sorrow (2Cor 7:10), and it will destroy you
But, if it is the right kind, it brings forth joy (Ps
lot of Shouting
– not screaming, but shouts of joy and laughter
This idea that when we come into “the house of God” we
have to lose our heart, and leave our excitement OUTSIDE is from the pit of hell!
What every Bible believing church needs is a good SHOUT!
At the construction of the Temple after captivity (Ezra
The angels shouted at the creation of the universe (Job
All of heaven shouts when just ONE sinner repents and gets
saved (Lk 15:7)
It comes when you believe God BEFORE you get the victory
(Josh 6:5,10,16,20). We need to shout believing in His word
We need to shout when we are IN a battle – you need a
good shout (1Sam 17:20,52) – every Judo instructor teaches this!
We need to shout when God does give us the victory (2Sam
6:15) – like when God gives us our own church building!
Knowing Jesus has come ought to get us to leap a bit (Lk
We need to SHOUT when a pub closes, or a wicked, vile rock
or porn star dies (Pr 11:10) – AMEN! Don’t lose me now!
Just a few more COMMANDS about how to act in church (Ps
5:11; 32:11; 47:1)
whole lot of Singing
(Ps 66:1; 81:1; 95:1,2; 98:4-8; 100:1). If you are not singing songs about
heaven, and the blood of Christ, and Victory in Jesus, then you are one SAD
creature! You need to repent of being a sour-puss! AMEN!
whole lot of soul-winning
(Rom 10:11,13-15) – joy and excitement makes people who watched the world cup
go out and play soccer. Well, a good church meeting ought to make us better
Furnace of Joy
(James 1:1-4; 2Cor 7:4-6) – here is the hard part
We all think that to have joy requires that everything go
well in our lives
Yet all Jesus promised, and promoted was that everything
would be well with our SOUL!
So, when we fall into various times of trials, and
tribulations (like Job did), we must understand it as a furnace where our joy is
forged, fashioned, moulded, shaped
Again, all this world offers is happiness (Heb 11:24,25)
that only lasts for a short season
But God takes a bit of clay, and places us under the heat
of affliction and trial, and we come forth like steel does from a furnace –
heated at low temperature, iron is weak (it is brittle and falls apart quite
easily) – at high temperature, it becomes strong!
So, when you find yourself under pressure, REJOICE instead
of fret, because God means to make you stronger, and your joy to be fuller than
Flaw of Joy –
Joy can be Lost, or stolen – illustrated by Job
By not believing God over what you imagine (Jn 16:22). Job
thought that God was being unfair, and so lost His joy that he had had for so
By unconfessed sin (Ps 51:12). David lost his joy:
First in sinning – didn’t realize he had traded joy
for excitement, but ended up quite empty
Then in not confessing it to God and forsaking it
By ignoring the goodness of God to you – it will cost
your joy when you don’t count your blessings, and ponder the mercy of God, and
Application and Conclusion
Ask yourself some questions this morning
Are you saved from hell? Has Jesus paid off every sin on
If He has, have you ever let it affect you like winning
the Lotto might?
Shouldn’t we get a little excited when the truth is
being preached – no matter WHO is preaching it? AMEN!?
Shouldn’t we get all excited when someone gets saved, or
when a Christian brother or sister repents and gets right with God?
Maybe you are not born again – only struggle from week
to week, trying to find happiness. Jesus will give you real joy (Jn 15:11) –
His joy in you
It is a gift
He offers it to anyone who will come to HIM, and ask to be
forgiven of ALL your sins, and ask Him to save your soul
You won’t contain yourself when you get your name
written down in heaven, and get born all over again! The greatest event in all
Don’t let the furnace scare you – it is God’s way of
forging great joy in your life – if you let Him! Jesus proves that God will
not let you down!