Are you Filled? - The Holy Spirit Fuels the character of God
Pastor Quentin Beard
This week we are continuing our series on the Holy Spirit called, “Are you Filled?” Just as a vehicle will not move without fuel in the tank, the Holy Spirit fills us and propels us to experience God’s purpose for our lives. We learned that The Holy Spirit fuels the character of God in and through us.
A small boy was pushing a gasoline-powered lawn mower down the street with a "For Sale" sign on it. A man stopped him and asked if the mower would run. The boy told him it would, so the man bought it. A while later, the boy was walking past the man's house and saw him pulling repeatedly on the starting rope with no success. The man noticed the boy and said, "I thought you told me this mower would run!" The boy replied, "Well you have to use some cuss words to make it start." The Man responded, "Son, I'm a preacher; I don't know any cuss words!" "You just keep pulling on the starter rope and some will come to you!" Funny story but let’s be honest. Everyone battles the human tendencies of our flesh in different ways on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit gives us great advantage, that helps us in the process of becoming like Christ.
In Galatians 5 Paul talks of the contrast between the “works” of the flesh and the “fruit” of the Spirit, which is the character of God. We learn that the fruit is what will grow out of a Spirit-filled life naturally. Those 9 fruits are Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Meekness and Self-Control. The Fruit of the Spirit is God’s way to defeat the flesh. The Fruit of the Spirit grows and matures out of a vibrant relationship with God. The Fruit of the Spirit is more about others than ourselves. Think of it this way, the fruit of the Spirit that is being cultivated in our lives is something that we should offer to others. Our husband, wife, kids, co-workers, the guy driving slowly in front of us, or the irritating neighbor are the ones who are able to enjoy the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We usually don’t think it in terms of “preferring one another,” but this is one of the primary purposes. When Spirit-filled followers of Jesus display God’s character to a watching world, the Father in heaven is glorified & others are edified
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
How is your connection with the vine Jesus right now?
What Fruits from the 9 does Holy Spirit need to cultivate in your life?
What are 2 fruits you can put energy towards growing in?