In Galatians 5, the Bible talks about the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. I love that phrase it is the works of the flesh and it is the fruit of the Spirit. In other words the things of the Spirit you don’t have to work for, it just produces. The Spirit in you produces it and you don’t have to work at it. A lot of people are trying to work at Christianity, they are trying to work to please God. They are wondering why their prayers aren’t getting answered, maybe they didn’t pray long enough, maybe they didn’t witness to enough people, or maybe they didn’t study hard enough. Child of God you have to get your eyes off of you and get your eyes on Him. It’s not about what you do, it is about what He did.
So we have the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians. The Spirit is going to produce. I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t ever do anything. I’m telling you that when you are walking in the Spirit, it is just an automatic done deal that the Holy Ghost does it. It is not that I’m trying or struggling to do. It is just a knowing and a doing that follows. You are not a human doer, you are a human being. Beings work off of believing. If you believe right you do right, if you believe wrong then you will do wrong. So we have to get your believing fixed.
In Galatians 5:22 it says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, against such there is no law.” I found out a long time ago that Christ lives in all Christians, but not all Christians live in Christ. The word of God says in Him we live, move, and have our being, that’s where we should be walking. It is a daily walk we are living, moving and walking in Him. That is where we are called to live, but just because Christ lives in us doesn’t necessarily mean that we are living in Him. God’s ultimate plan is that we live in Him, we are one with Him, we are walking with Him, we are listening to Him and we are led by Him by the supernatural power of God.
There is a supernatural world, it’s real, it’s alive. I’ve been in it too long to know that it is real, powerful and I know that it is filled with the presence of God. The fruit of the Spirit is not something that just happens over night it takes time, it is character that is built into us. We have the Spirit and we have the fruit, but we have to learn how to walk in the Spirit and we also have to learn how to develop the fruit of the Spirit. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you, the same Spirit that empowered Jesus to prophesy lives in you, the same Spirit that allowed Jesus to do miracles is in you, and the same Spirit that was in Jesus is in every born again Christian, but that doesn’t mean we are walking in it.
However, the gifts of the Spirit are instant, it’s not something you have to grow in. The gifts of the Spirit are just supernatural gifts, whether you realize it or not you have access to. That is why you can see people do miracles, prophesy or something and you think to yourself, why in the world would God use that person I know something about them? It’s because the gifts and the fruit are two totally different things.