Galatians 5:22,23 NLT ... The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, & Self-control.  There is no law against these things!

This is His fruit.  Jesus was a perfect Example of the fruit of the Spirit manifested.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT ... There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the Source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.  God works in different ways, but it is the same God Who does the work in all of us.  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.  To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give a word of wisdom; to another the same Spirit gives a word of knowledge.  The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift(s) of healing.  He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy.  He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit.  Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown tongues, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.  It is the one and only Spirit Who distributes all these gifts.  He alone decides which gift each person should have.  (The King James Version says verse 11 this way: "The Spirit divides to every man severally as He will.")

These are the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus operated in these gifts.  The Holy Spirit gives severally as He wills.  When does He will?  When we're obedient to let Him.

The Father told the Holy Spirit: "Have Jesus do this."

How many times has the Holy Spirit said to you: "Will you go pray for that person over there?  They're hurting right now."  And  you respond with: "Oooohhhh ... I'm not going to do that.  What will they think of me?"

That's not being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  God is not pleased at this kind of response from us.  So we are not able to operate in the gifts because the fruit is not working in our lives.  Fruit first, then the gifts. 

Reverend Robert W. & Mary C. Butler



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