God's Progressive Gift
George Kirkpatrick
 


One of the most amazing things about God's Word is its order. Paul declared to the church at Corinth:

"Let all things be done decently and in order." I Corinthians 14:40

There is a divine order in everything God does, and there is a divine order displayed in His Word. Man expects order to be chronological. Many times in His Word, God does set His order chronologically. Other times it must be searched out by Spiritual inspiration. The problem is, when God sets down His divine order, we do not see the steps in His order as progressive. We simply view them as a single event. A good example of this was the foretelling of the coming of Jesus in the Old Testament. There is an order of events foretold, not only of His first coming to set up His Kingdom, but also His second coming when He will reestablish His Kingdom reign upon the earth.

Jesus was rejected by Israel at His first coming because they could not separate the Scriptures concerning His first coming and His second coming. They were given no Spiritual insight as to the order of events in the Old Testament. When Jesus came the first time, He did not fulfill the Scriptures concerning His second coming. Therefore, Israel rejected Him as their Messiah. The order of events concerning Jesus' two comings were not chronological. Therefore, they have to be Spiritually discerned.

As we study the Bible we come to the understanding that the Old Testament gives us our knowledge of God, His ways, and His will for mankind. The New Testament gives us our understanding of God, of His ways, and of His will. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul declared:

"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20

We have a knowledge of sin so we can know what is pleasing and not pleasing in God's sight. This was given to us by the law. Paul disclosed this to all the churches in Galatia:

"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Galatians 3:24

The law was our schoolmaster to bring us into Christ (the Holy Spirit anointing). Since most in the church have been taught we are no longer under the law, they do not seek out what is written in the law. Many will proclaim the Old Testament is a dead letter, an ancient history that has no bearing on our modern way of life. These have neglected their schoolmaster and live their fruitless life with no knowledge of sin. Paul wrote that the law brings us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. This makes faith part of our justification before God. Paul informed Timothy:

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God..." II Timothy 3:16

Since all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, then we can assume all Scripture contains God's divine order. Since we are justified by faith through the anointing, we should try to understand how we obtain faith. In his letter to the churches at Galatia, Paul made a distinct difference between the works of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit. He listed the works of the flesh:

"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emula-tions, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21

Those who allow even one of the works of the flesh in their life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. These works of the flesh are all addressed under the law. The works of the flesh are inherent in all mankind, but God's Kingdom is a Spiritual Kingdom. Those who will enter into His Kingdom will enter in, by and through the Spirit. Paul listed the fruit the Spiritual anointing will bring forth in our lives:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Paul listed nine fruit of the Spirit. The Scriptures also disclose three more fruit: righteousness, lowliness, and patience, Ephesians 5:9. The important thing to notice is faith is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are justified by faith, then it is impossible to have faith without the anointing of the Spirit.

What most fail to recognize is the fruit of the Spirit is progressive. The fruit produced by the anointing in our lives is not automatic, nor do we obtain the fruit all at once. We know by nature all fruit does not ripen on the tree at the same time. The same is true with the Spiritual fruit in our lives. The manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit is progressive.

When we speak of the fruit of the Spirit, we are not speaking of our initial act of salvation. In few words, Peter related God's progressive plan of salvation:

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38

Repentance is when we become convicted of our sin and our sin nature before God. This is when we ask our Saviour to forgive us of our sin and we invite Him into our life. This is the beginning step in God's plan of salvation. Next is water baptism. Baptism is a continuing process of putting off the old man and allowing the inner man of the heart to come forth. Then, as the Holy Spirit promised through the pen of Peter, "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Each of these steps is necessary. They do not come automatically with our initial salvation. As Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He related:

"For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Luke 11:10

Jesus then asked His disciples,

"If a son asked for bread would his father give him a stone? Or if his son asked for a fish would he give him a serpent? Or, if his son asked for an egg would he offer him a scorpion?" Luke 11:12

Then Jesus proclaimed:

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Luke 11:13

Jesus declared, "Those who desire the Holy Spirit must ask of the Father. When Peter wrote, "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost... " the word shall is futuristic. We will receive God's precious gift when we desire it and ask for it. When we receive the gift of the Spirit, it begins to produce fruit in our lives. Let's look at each fruit listed.

LOVE

The first fruit of the Spirit is love. The word Paul used for love was the Greek word AGAPE. As we begin to understand the word AGAPE it becomes clear this is not sensual love. Agape love is the love of God. The beloved John wrote:

"He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." I John 4:8

The world cannot love with agape love because they do not know God. John clearly defined God's love stating, "God is love." This does not mean God loves. He is love. Man has made love a human emotion or the act of sex. All human emotions are based on the old carnal nature. We love because we are loved. God loves because He is love. This is the love we obtain when we allow the Holy Spirit to produce its fruit in our life. Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom. Peter declared:

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." I Peter 4:8

"Above all things have fervent love among yourselves." Love is the first and most important of the fruit of the Spirit. Every place the word charity appears in the New Testament it is the Greek word AGAPE. Agape love is the first step in becoming part of the body of Christ. Without God's agape love in our life we are no different from the rest of the world, sensual, carnal, and thinking only of self. The phrase fervent love means "without ceasing, unconditional love." Man cannot manifest this love without it being the fruit of the Spirit in his life.

Peter continues, "Love will cover the multitude of sins." The word used for sin is the Greek word HARMATRIA and means "to miss the mark." When God's love is operational in our life, we cease to see man in all his weakness. We see him as God sees him. We witness our brothers and sisters in the Lord as Spiritual creations of God. We are there to lift up, to admonish, and encourage them to be what God created them to be, instead of uncovering every weakness and fault. When we love as God loves we do not expose their sin, we are there to help them overcome in the areas where they are missing the mark.

The fruit of love must be evident in our life. God is love, and if there is no love in our life, there is no God. It should be evident to all who read God's Word that love and God cannot be separated, they are one. It is through love we become one with God, and God becomes one with us.

JOY

The next fruit Paul speaks of is joy. Joy is the Spiritual counterpart of the world's expression of "happiness." When worldly people receive something they are "happy," but when the newness wears off, or something happens to what made them happy, their happiness turns to despair. This never happens to joy. Our joy is not based on things or happenings. Our joy is based on having God's Spirit manifested in our lives. As we understand the fruit of the Spirit is progressive, it becomes clear we cannot obtain joy until we walk in God's love. As God revealed through the pen of Nehemiah:

". . .the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10

Because we have the joy of the Lord we can overcome in the Day of Adversity. Our joy becomes our strength because our joy operates on the promises of God, not in the sight of the eyes. We need to understand joy is resident in our life because of the Holy Spirit anointing. We do not have joy because everything is going well. The exact opposite is true. We can have joy in our most dire circumstances. One of the most difficult times in King David's life was when he sinned with Bathsheba. When Nathan, the prophet, pointed out God's displeasure with David, David cried out to God:

"Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit." Psalm 51:12

David's joy left him because his sin grieved the Holy Spirit. David knew God was displeased with him, because he had no joy. David's whole desire was to again dwell in the joy of God's salvation. When our joy is gone, our whole desire is again to be renewed in the Spirit. The Psalmist writes:

"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalm 16:11

Only in God's presence can we witness the fulness of joy. Only by His Spirit can we find the path of life. Many today desire to walk their own way. The ways of God are foreign to them, and they wonder why they have no joy and no overcoming power in their lives. They only love those who love them because there is no God in them.

As the Psalmist declared: "At Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." We do not need to die to be on God's right hand. We are in His presence because we are in the presence of His Spirit.

Jesus is our example of accomplishing what the Father gave Him to do with joy.. The writer of Hebrews informs us:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

Jesus endured the cross with joy. Joy is not natural, but supernatural. Joy comes because we have the love of God through the anointing. Jesus continually dwelt in the presence of God because of the anointing upon His life. Paul informed the church at Colosse that Jesus was the image of the invisible God, Colossians 1:15. When Philip asked Jesus to show him the Father, Jesus' answer was:

". . .Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." John 14:9-10

It was the Father (the Holy Spirit anointing) who accomplished the works in Jesus' life. Only by and through the anointing can we accomplish God's will and purpose in our life. It does not mean it will always be easy. Jesus' life was not easy. Isaiah prophesied of the life Jesus would live:

"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." Isaiah 53:3

Jesus was despised and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, but He accomplished God's intended purpose with joy. When we are rejected of man and acquainted with grief, we need to be assured our God is producing the fruit of joy in our life.

PEACE

Paul revealed the next step in the progression of the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit would be peace. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul expounded:

"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 15:13

The peace of God that passeth all understanding can only come after we have obtained the love of God and the joy of His presence. Peace is the most sought after commodity on earth. Leaders of the world hold their peace conferences. They try to obtain peace through threats, intimidations, and compromise. If only they would read the Bible, they would know...

"There is no peace, saith the Lord unto the wicked." Isaiah 48:22

True and lasting peace can only be obtained through the Spirit of the living God. The prophet Isaiah wrote of our day when he announced:

"Behold their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly." Isaiah 33:7

The ambassadors who are seeking peace for the world are dismayed because their efforts are ineffective or short lived. As God's people we need to understand men and women of corrupt minds can never negotiate peace, because of their own desires for glory, and the selfish desires of the nations they serve.

Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica:

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." I Thessalonians 5:23

Paul prayed the God of peace would sanctify his body. God has one body. God's body is a body of peace, being one in the God of peace, through the anointing of peace. We need to ask, "Is the church of today a body of peace?" How can the church be a body of peace when there is backbiting, jealousy, strife, contention, and hatred in their midst? Is it any wonder the world is turned off at what they witness in those who are called by His name? Paul wrote to the church in Galatia:

"But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." Galatians 5:15

What is the image being put forth in the church today? Backbiting and strife are consuming the church. Those who desire to live in peace must leave the apostate church, or their walk in God will be devoured by the spirit of the wicked.

Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Colossians 3:15

God's body has His peace in their hearts when the love of God and the joy of God is present. When the Spirit of peace rules in our heart then we can walk in the example left by the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul disclosed to the church at Rome:

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be Spiritually minded is life and peace." Romans 8:6

Those who are carnally minded are walking in death. Those who are Spiritually minded are dwelling in the peace and life of their Creator. Peace in this life can only be obtained through the anointing that came upon God's body on the Day of Pentecost.

LONGSUFFERING

The next fruit of the Spirit Paul revealed is "longsuffering." Longsuffering is rarely discussed in the modern church. A message of any kind of suffering has become taboo. The suffering message is unpopular, unacceptable, and is not to be mentioned because someone might be offended and leave the church. The prophet Isaiah spoke of those who would not accept the truth of God's Word:

". . .this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:" Isaiah 30:9-10

The Hebrew word used for prophet and seer means "to see or have the vision." Many of those today who sit in the church say unto those who have the vision, "Do not tell us right things, or the things God proclaims in His Word."

The word smooth means "flattery". This describes those who sit in modern churches, who when they hear any message of suffering, begin to complain and say, "The message is too hard". In Paul's last letter to Timothy, he described the modern church perfectly:

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." II Timothy 4:3

Paul foretold the time would come when the people would not endure sound doctrine. The time Paul spoke of is now. Paul declared they heap to themselves teachers "after their own lusts". Those who are called after God's name today are lusting after the things of the flesh, not the things of God. Paul wrote these only desire teachers who will tickle their ears with messages of "no suffering". Those who teach this watered down word tickle the ear by saying, "Before any suffering comes, God will miraculously take you off the earth". The false messages of the rapture and dying and going to heaven become their only hope. Beloved, neither the rapture or death are the hope of God's people. The hope of God's people is Christ in us our hope of glory, Colossians 1:27. The prophet Isaiah spoke of these heresies that would creep into the church:

"Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:" Isaiah 28:15

The church, in general, has made a covenant with death, and they have come into agreement with hell, "the grave". Today the church talks more about death than they do living. Death is still their enemy. Modern churches all agree on one thing, and that is, "We are all going to die". Jesus declared:

". . .I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

The church speaks of dying and going to heaven or hell. The Bible speaks of overcoming. Isaiah proclaimed those who teach a false rapture say, "...when the overflowing scourge (judgment) shall pass, it shall not come nigh us." They believe before any suffering comes, they will be delivered. Isaiah proclaimed to all who would read, "...those who believe such things have made lies their refuge, and under falsehoods have they hid themselves. Isaiah ends his dissertation with these words of warning to those who have trusted in their lies:

"And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it." Isaiah 28:18

When God's judgment comes, those who have made lies their refuge will be trodden down by it. Those who refuse to allow God's progressive gift of longsuffering to do its work in their lives will not enter into the Kingdom of His glory.

Longsuffering is a very necessary part of our Christian walk. Jesus was given to be our example. Speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews declared:

"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;" Hebrews 5:8

If we are to learn obedience we will learn it the same way our example learned obedience, through longsuffering. God makes many promises to His people concerning suffering:

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12

Paul declared, "If we live godly we shall suffer persecution". Paul made another promise in his second letter to Timothy:

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" II Timothy 2:12

If we are to reign with Christ, then we must suffer with Him. Longsuffering will bring maturity in our lives. It is through longsuffering God prepares us for His Kingdom reign. When Paul wrote his letter to the church at Rome, they were suffering great persecution. The Christians in Rome were being killed in the Arena, burned as torches in Nero's garden, and crucified. It was Rome's intended purpose to eliminate Christianity from the earth. Through all this, Paul encouraged his brothers and sisters with these words:

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

No matter how bad the suffering got, nothing could be compared to the glory Christ would reveal in His people. We, too, have this promise. Longsuffering will bring forth the glory of Christ in us. Peter wrote of this revealed glory:

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:13

As we begin to understand the necessity of longsuffering, we will be taught another valuable lesson, and that is we must learn to suffer in silence. When suffering comes, many blame God, get angry, and complain how hard it is to serve Him. These attitudes bring us dangerously close to backsliding. Some have even turned away because a root of bitterness was allowed to grow in their walk.

As we view the progression of the fruit of the Spirit being brought forth in our lives, it becomes clear that after we receive the love of God, enter into the strength of His joy, and learn to dwell in peace we can expect longsuffering. Only through longsuffering will the balance of the fruit of the Spirit come forth in our walk. Longsuffering can only be endured when we have God's love, joy, and peace as our strength.

GENTLENESS

Longsuffering will bring forth the fruit of gentleness in our life. Gentleness, today, is not accepted. The macho world in which we live considers gentleness as weakness and cowardice. As we view gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit we understand gentleness becomes our strength, not our weakness. We never need to repent of what we accomplish through gentleness. Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica:

"But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:" I Thessalonians 2:7

Paul was gentle among the Thessalonians even as a nurse who cherishes her children. This was certainly not Saul's (Paul's) nature. Saul was a man who zealously persecuted the church. He held the men's coats as they stoned Stephen, and consented to his death. It was said of Paul:

"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest," Acts 9:1

Saul (Paul) was certainly not a gentle man. In fact Saul was a very violent man. But something happened to Saul. Saul was blinded on the road to Damascus where he was going to imprison and kill the Christian converts. God sent Ananias to Saul to explain what was happening to him:

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost." Acts 9:17

Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost, but gentleness did not come immediately into Paul's life. Paul went through much longsuffering to produce the fruit of gentleness in His life. Paul made a list of his sufferings in his second letter to the Corinthians:

"Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and day I have been in the deep;  in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh daily, the care of all the churches." II Corinthians 11:23-28

Paul went through much suffering, but these were not all of Paul's sufferings. Paul proclaimed to the church at Corinth:

"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure." II Corinthians 12:7

Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of satan. Without this thorn in his life, Paul could have destroyed others with his great revelation. Like many today, Paul could very easily have exalted himself instead of giving all glory to God.

Paul had to suffer long to produce the fruit of gentleness in his life. When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he was gentle among them. Only when we have endured hardship can we minister the same to others as Paul, who declared:

"Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves our comforted of God." II Corinthians 1:4

Paul was not only comforted, he became a comfort to all those he came in contact with. Longsuffering was a close companion of Paul throughout his life. Paul obtained gentleness by the things he suffered. Paul admonished Titus:

". . .speak evil of no man, be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." Titus 3:2

Paul had met face to face with a gentle, loving God. No longer did he speak evil of men. No longer was Paul a violent man. Paul was a changed man. God knew what it would take to change Paul into a useable vessel. God also knows what it will take in each of our lives to make us useable vessels. The apostle James revealed:

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:17

James recorded that God's wisdom is pure, peaceable, and gentle. Paul was given great revelation, but it was only through suffering that Paul could reveal God's revelation with wisdom. God's wisdom is easily entreated (obeyed). It is full of mercy and good fruit. We need to give the Spirit of God free access to our lives, then the Spirit has freedom to produce fruit in our lives. Paul related to the church at Ephesus:

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him:" Ephesians 1:17

We, too, can have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation as Paul did. We, too, can be as gentle as a nurse with her children if we allow the Spirit to produce the fruit of gentleness in us. God is truly looking for "gentle" men.

GOODNESS

When we allow the fruit of longsuffering to bring forth gentleness, the next fruit of the Spirit Christ will bring forth in our walk is goodness. Goodness is something every Christian should be seeking in their life. Goodness, like gentleness, is a fruit that only comes after longsuffering. When God speaks of goodness, He is not speaking of goodness in the flesh, although that is the end result of the fruit of goodness. Today many who sit in the church are "being good", when it is not in their hearts to be good. These seem to be good when they are around other believers, but act like the world when they are around the world. These are only fooling themselves. They certainly are not fooling God. When the rich, young ruler approached Jesus, he addressed Him "Good Master". Jesus reply was:

". . .Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God." Mark 10:18

Was Jesus evil? Certainly not! By the Holy Spirit anointing Jesus knew what Paul Spiritually disclosed to the church at Rome:

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. . ." Romans 7:18

Jesus knew in His flesh there was no good thing. Jesus did not live to satisfy His flesh, or His fleshly desires. The writer of Hebrews recorded:

"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15

We have an high priest who is touched by our infirmities and the weaknesses of the flesh, because He was tempted in all areas of His life as we are. He did not give in to the temptation of the flesh, but they were there. Jesus knew they were there. When the rich young ruler addressed Him "Good Master", Jesus asked the young ruler why he addressed Him as being good. He knew only God is good because God is Spirit. James proclaimed:

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man:" James 1:13

God cannot be tempted, and He does not tempt anyone. So where does our temptation come from? Ask this question to anyone in the church today, and they would say "satan" or the "devil". James revealed our "tempter":

"But ever man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed." James 1:14

We are tempted when our own lust draws us away from the goodness of God. Then we are enticed. The word enticed means "trapped or deceived". When man is only being good in the flesh, temptation will take hold of his life, and he will be trapped in his sin and deceived by it. When the fruit of goodness is operating in our life, as it was in Jesus' life, then when we are tempted we will not be trapped or deceived by temptation.

The word goodness means "uprightness of heart; having a good constitution or nature". When the fruit of goodness is in our life, we are not being good, we are acting upon the direction of the Spirit. The Spirit gives us the power to overcome all temptation. When we operate in the Spirit we have laid down our lusts and have allowed God to have complete control of our thinking processes. God also promises we will not be tempted above that which we are able, I Corinthains 10:13.

Anytime we submit to our lust, then God is dethroned as head of our lives, and we are trapped in our sin. When we allow this we will again witness the fruit of longsuffering until we turn from our sin, and repent. This sometimes seems to be a never, ending process. Repentance is so necessary to bring forth the fruit of goodness in our lives. We must totally submit our lives to goodness instead of yielding to our lusts. We must determine with our whole heart to turn away from the sins that so easily beset and deceive us.

Most of us are familiar with the twenty-third Psalm that David wrote by the unction of the Holy Spirit:

"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:5-6

God has prepared a table in the presence of our enemies. Our enemies are our own lusts we have not dealt with. God has anointed our head (our thinking) with His anointing. This anointing will produce an abundant fruit of the Spirit if we allow it. Our cup will truly run over with the fulness of His love, joy, peace, longsuffering, and gentleness. When our cup is full, then His goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life. By the anointing we know without the fruits of the Spirit in our life we will not dwell in His house forever. Longsuffering is the fruit needed to bring forth this abundant fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

FAITH

What fruit will follow the fruit of goodness? FAITH! Much has been written concerning faith, and how to increase our faith. Most faith teachers teach faith can be attained by mental and verbal ascent, stating we can have faith by believing we have it. Generally nothing is taught about faith being a fruit of the Spirit and how we are to operate in this fruit. In his letter to the Romans, Paul disclosed:

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

God has dealt to every man a measure of faith. Since faith is a fruit of the Spirit, the only way we can have faith is by and through the Holy Spirit anointing. When we receive the anointing , we receive a measure of faith. When Jesus delivered the young man of a demonic Spirit His disciples had failed to cast out, He admonished His disciples, saying:

". . .Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20

Our measure of faith comes as a grain of mustard seed. Many speak of their mustard seed faith as if this is all the faith required. So they settle for their meager measure of faith. Mark also recorded Jesus' words concerning the mustard seed:

"It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it." Mark 4:31-32

When Jesus spoke, "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed", He did not mean our faith should remain the size of a grain of mustard seed. Our faith should be as the tiny mustard seed that is planted in our "good" earth, nurtured, cultivated, and given room to grow. The good earth in which we plant has been prepared by longsuffering. The growth of our faith comes forth as we willingly yield our own spirit to the Spirit of life.

As we begin to understand faith, we realize faith is acting upon what we know. The writer of Hebrews disclosed:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1

Faith is both substance and evidence. The word substance means "that which has a foundation". If we have no foundation for what we believe, how can we have faith in it. The word evidence means "proof, or that which is proved". We can only prove our faith by acting upon the foundation we have laid in our life. Paul revealed in his letter to the church at Ephesus:

"For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;" Ephesians 2:18, 20

The foundation of our faith is the Apostles (the New Testament) and the Prophets (the Old Testament). Our foundation must line up with Jesus Christ our chief corner stone. This is the substance of faith in our life. Our evidence, or proof, is what we have proved by acting upon the substance (the foundation), which is God's Word in its entirety. Paul informed the Romans:

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

Faith cometh by hearing the Word of God, and then acting upon that word. When we begin to hear what God's Word is speaking to our spirit man, then the fruit of faith becomes operational in our lives. Longsuffering is the stimulant that causes us to seek the voice of God in His Word for His direction and correction. When the water of the Word is applied to our mustard seed faith, our faith will grow into the biggest tree. We are informed in the book of Hebrews:

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

It is impossible to please God without acting upon our faith. Our first step in faith is believing God is who He says He is. Many who sit in churches today do not allow God to have any part of their life. They really do not believe God has planned and predestined their lives, so they go their own way, do their own thing, and hope His grace and mercy will carry them through. These never exercise faith in any area of their lives, and as the Hebrew writer revealed, "Without faith it is impossible to please God. Paul wrote to the Romans:

". . .Whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23

Without substance, a solid foundation in the Word, and the evidence or proof, of having proved God's Word in our lives, it is impossible to please Him. Our inactivity becomes sin causing the seed of faith to rot in our earth. In the natural, moisture softens the shell of the seed so it will sprout and grow. The same is true in our Spiritual walk. When the water of the Word is applied to the seed of faith in our life, the seed is softened and will sprout and grow. We must pray earnestly for God to produce the fruit of faith in our lives, allowing His Word to water it, break it, cause it to sprout forth, and grow into something beautiful for all the earth to see.

MEEKNESS

The next fruit of the Spirit is meekness. When our "good" earth has been prepared by longsuffering and the fruit of faith is evident in our life, this is when we will display God's meekness. Meekness is the outward expression of God's inner work. Meekness should be most evident in our dealings with others. Like faith, meekness, too, is the result of longsuffering.

Paul was a man whose early life displayed no meekness. Paul revealed to the church at Philippi:

"Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless." Philippians 3:6

Paul had a zeal to persecute those who followed Jesus. Paul was given a thorn in the flesh, a messenger from satan. He was shipwrecked, stoned, beaten, hungry, naked, and destitute. Paul suffered much, but it produced the Spirit of meekness in his life. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote:

"What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the Spirit of meekness?" I Corinthians 4:21

After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, his life changed. The Spirit of meekness became very evident in his life. This change was not immediate, it took much longsuffering. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul disclosed:

"Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:" II Corinthians 10:1

Paul had come to the place where he submitted totally to the Christ nature. Paul had arrived where we all must come to if we are to enter again into the presence of the Father. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul wrote:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

Through longsuffering, Paul had crucified the old man. His old, selfish, carnal nature was gone. It had been replaced by the Christ life. Now the Spirit of meekness and gentleness was manifested in Paul's every activity. Without the outward evidence of meekness in our walk, our relationship with others is based only upon self and self-esteem. When we lift up self in any situation, we are not giving Christ the preeminence. If we are to be Christlike, the Christ in us must be displayed for all to see. Paul admonished the church at Colosse:

"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;" Colossians 3:12

The elect of God should display all these attributes in their life. Only through the Christ anointing can these be brought forth in our walk. The elect of God are to be holy. When we are holy we become the beloved of God.

Paul wrote much about meekness because he knew how important it was in his life. It was easy for Paul to exalt self. He was well educated, had position in his religious circle, and was a Roman citizen of the highest honors of his day. Paul was also a chosen vessel of God. But before God could use Paul, the fruit of meekness had to be evident in his life. Only through suffering was this fruit produced in Paul's life. In Paul's letter to Titus he advised Titus . . .

"To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men." Titus 3:2

As God's chosen we, too, are to speak evil of no man. We are to display meekness and gentleness to all men. The world should recognize God's people by their meekness. If we are to be pleasing in God's sight, meekness must be operational in our lives.

We need to ask, "How important is the fruit of meekness in our lives?" Jesus explained its importance in His Sermon on the Mount:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5

The inheritors of the earth will display the Spirit of meekness. The meek are also the blessed of God. Many wonder why they are not partakers of God's blessings. These should seek God for the Spirit of meekness.

TEMPERANCE

In our progression of the fruit of the Spirit, the next fruit to become evident in our life is temperance. The word temperance has one simple meaning; "self-control". Self-control is a virtue. This virtue is prominently displayed in those who have taken control of their desires, passions, and sensual appetites. We live in a world where we are taught, "If it feels good, do it". We are taught to not consider the consequences of our actions. This has led to the godless, violent environment we live in today. Paul informed the church at Corinth:

"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." I Corinthians 9:25

Paul wrote this concerning running a race. Any athlete who is successful must have proper training for his body: proper diet, proper amount of sleep, and proper work schedules. Everything in his life must be under control to be in condition to win the race. Paul relates these athletes go through all this training to receive a corruptible (temporal) crown. Paul disclosed we should be temperate in all things to receive an incorruptible crown, or an eternal reward.

Yet many Christians have no control in their diet, and they get ill, or are not up to their full strength. Their work schedule is designed to fulfill their wants, not their needs. Because they are over-tired, many times they do not rest well. The next day is the same or worse, until all control is gone. Many turn to pills, drugs, or alcohol to get relief from the consequences of their sinful life style. Paul wrote to Timothy:

"And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." II Timothy 2:5

Many try to fool God and others with their mouths. They believe their success will make God look better in the eyes of the community and the world. Many have fooled themselves believing a bigger car or a bigger house or a promotion will draw the world closer to God. Faith teachers have taught the world will be drawn to our success. How foolish! The world is drawn to God when our lives display God's love, joy, and peace. The world also witnesses God in our reactions when we are going through times of testings.

Another mistake many of God's people make is believing they are in the hands of God, and everything they do is in His will, and God has allowed for their doing it. When their desires override their will to resist they proclaim, "God understands I am only human." What God really understands is there is no self-control in their lives. If there is no temperance there is no fruit of the Spirit.

Those who fool themselves concerning temperance and God's will in their lives are in for more longsuffering. The fruit of longsuffering is necessary to bring self-control in their lives. Paul wrote the qualifications necessary for leadership in his letter to Titus:

"But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Titus 1:8

Temperance is a very important virtue in leadership. If a man does not have self-control in his life, he cannot lead God's people. For years we have heard preachers say, "Don't do as I do, do as I say." God's true leaders will say as Paul,

"Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ." I Corinthians 11:1

Longsuffering produced the fruit of temperance in Paul's life. Paul lived a well-ordered life. This is why Paul could proclaim at the end of his life:

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8

Paul finished his course, he became a winner in the race of life, and he received his incorruptible crown. We, too, have this promise if we love Christ's appearing. This is not speaking of His second coming. It is speaking of having the evidence of His Spirit working in our lives. When people see us, they should see the fruit His Spirit has produced in our lives.

God's perfect number of government is twelve. Paul only listed nine fruit of the Spirit in his letter to the churches at Galatia. God's Word contains three more fruit of the Spirit:

Righteousness
Lowliness
Patience

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Paul disclosed to the church at Ephesus:

"For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth;" Ephesians 5:9

Righteousness is also a fruit of the Spirit. Righteousness is a virtue. Righteousness is our integrity, our pureness of life. Righteousness is correctness in our way of thinking. Righteousness is necessary if we are to become acceptable in the sight of God. For years righteousness has been one of the main subjects in the church. The only problem has been, it has not been taught as a fruit of the Spirit. When righteousness is taught, it is taught as an activity of the flesh. Righteousness is generally taught as the way we dress, what we have deprived ourselves of, or the observance of certain customs. Acts of the flesh have nothing to do with God's righteousness, instead they only produce self-righteousness. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3

Those who are ignorant of God's righteousness go about to establish their own righteousness. They set their own standard of righteousness because they refuse to submit to God's righteousness. Those who follow their own code of righteousness need to heed the words of Isaiah:

"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6

Our self-righteousness in the sight of a righteous and just God is only filthy rags. Isaiah warns our iniquity will cause us to fade as a leaf and carry us away. Our glory will be gone. Jesus has given us direction concerning His righteousness:

"But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

We are not only to seek God's Kingdom, we are to seek His righteousness. How righteous is our God? He is the King of Righteousness, Hebrews 7:2. Righteousness is another fruit we attain through longsuffering. In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul proclaimed:

"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." II Corinthians 5:21

We are made the fruit of righteousness in Jesus. Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered, Hebrews 5:8. We, too, will learn obedience through longsuffering, and our obedience will bring us into the righteousness of God.

Jesus informed us, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God". Paul expanded on this in his letter to the church at Rome: "For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Romans 14:17

The Kingdom we seek is not in meat and drink, or the things of this life. Our Kingdom is to be righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. We must allow the anointing to bring forth the fruit of righteousness in our lives. Integrity, pureness, and a change in our way of thinking must become evident if we are to be pleasing in God's sight.

Paul was a man who kept the law of Moses perfectly. He was righteous under the law, but he spoke of another righteousness:

"And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" Philippians 3:9

Many are trying to be righteous in God's eyes by keeping the law or part of it. Paul kept the law perfectly, but it did not make him righteous in God's eyes. Only through our faith in Christ (the anointing) can we become righteous in the sight of God. Our only hope of receiving the crown of life is by obtaining His righteousness. The all-wise Solomon wrote:

"The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them:" Proverbs 11:6a

Our deliverance from the old, carnal nature will only come when we first seek God's Kingdom and His righteousness.

LOWLINESS

The next fruit of the Spirit brought forth by longsuffering is "lowliness". The word lowliness is the Greek word TAPLINOS and means to "bow down, to make low, not elevating one's self in any situation, to be humble". Jesus revealed to all who would hear:

"Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29

We are to learn from our example. Jesus was meek and lowly. He had the fruit of meekness and lowliness. Both are needed in our life if we are to come again into the image and likeness of God. The writer of Colossians enlightened us about the coming of Jesus:

"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:" Colossians 1:15

Meekness and lowliness are traits possessed by the Father. When we receive the promise of the Father (the anointing), then we must allow the Holy Spirit to produce these fruits in our life. If we are to be pleasing to the Father, the fruit of lowliness must be in our life. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul disclosed:

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

We are not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. We are to think soberly or seriously of who we are in God. Many today are high and lifted up in their self-importance. Paul warned the church at Philippi:

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." Philippians 2:3

We are to do nothing through strife or vain glory. We are to accomplish all things for God in lowliness of mind, not exalting self in anything we do. We are to esteem others as being better than ourselves. Jesus warned His disciples about exalting themselves:

"When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room." Luke 14:8-9

If we demand the honor and respect due our King, then we will be seated at the foot of His table. Without the fruit of lowliness in our life we can never be pleasing in the sight of our Creator. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul wrote:

"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;" Ephesians 4:2

Those who are highly exalted in self, will never be exalted in God's Kingdom unless they repent. Peter admonished those who would enter into God's Kingdom:

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:" I Peter 5:6

God does the exalting in His time, but first we must humble ourselves under His mighty hand. We must allow His anointing to have full reign in our life. As the Spirit does its work, the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident, and we become pleasing in the sight of God.

Without the fruit of lowliness in our life we will never inhabit eternity with our God. God refuses to share His glory with anyone. But He will give it freely to all who come again into His image and likeness. Our God is a jealous God. He is also a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, Hebrews 11:6.  Lowliness, meekness, and forbearance through longsuffering will produce the love of God in our life.

PATIENCE

The last fruit of the Spirit is patience. In his letter to Timothy, Paul listed many of the fruit of the spirit:

"But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience, meekness." I Timothy 6:11

Paul listed patience along with righteousness, faith, love, and meekness as a fruit of the Spirit. Patience is the fruit most lacking in many Christians because of their fast pace life. The Greek word for patience is MAKROTHUMEO. This word was translated as "long-patience, bear long, suffer long, to be long suffering, and to endure". It has long been said that patience, too, is a virtue. It is seldom mentioned as a fruit of the Spirit. Most are familiar with the revelation Paul wrote to the Romans:

"And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;" Romans 5:3

Tribulation will produce the fruit of patience in our walk. Without tribulation, patience would not become a virtue in our life. Paul continued with his profound revelation by adding:

"And patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Romans 5:4-5

It is by the progressive development of the fruit of the Spirit in our walk that the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. When we allow the anointing to do its perfect work, all the fruit will be manifest in our life. Paul continued his proclamation to the church at Rome:

"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;" Romans 12:12

We must not only glory in our tribulation, we must be patient in tribulation. Paul gave the answer to our being patient in tribulation. We must be instant in prayer. Unfortunately when tribulation comes, most blame God and give satan the credit for causing their problem. Paul also wrote to the church at Colosse concerning patience.

"Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;" Colossians 1:11

Patience and longsuffering go together. When we are instant in prayer we will be strengthened with all might to endure our trials with joyfulness. Why? Because we know it is God working in us through His anointing to produce His fruit in our lives. The Apostle James gives us more insight concerning the fruit of patience:

"Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." James 1:3-4

When the fruit of faith is tried, this will produce the fruit of patience in our lives. When the fruit of patience is fully developed we will be perfect (mature, complete) and entire (whole), wanting (lacking) nothing. All things, both physical and Spiritual, will be complete. James continued:

"Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James 5:7-8

The early and latter rain anointing is the double portion anointing, the fulness of the Spirit. This is the anointing we need to do the greater works Jesus spoke that His body would do. Our Father has long patience for this fruit. We, too, are to be patient, and establish our hearts. The heart is our mind. Our thinking processes must be established. Isaiah disclosed:

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3

If our thinking processes are established and constantly upon the things of God, then the fruit of peace will become perfect peace in our life. Jesus declared to his disciples:

"In your patience possess ye your souls." Luke 21:19

When the fruit of patience is produced in each life, then man again will possess his soul. In the beginning, man became a living soul. He was created perfect, and God declared His creation was good. God has not changed, nor has He changed His mind about His creation.

Man fell from God's grace because of sin. On the Day of Pentecost, He sent His Spirit to prepare His creation to receive the early and latter rain anointing. As we submit to the Spirit these twelve fruits are progressively produced in our walk, until we again come unto a perfect man, the new creation man who is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Peter spoke of our partaking of God's divine nature after we have escaped the corruption of the world through lust, II Peter 1:4. Then he continues disclosing God's progressive work:

"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience, and to patience godliness: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Peter 1:5-8

As we progress in our knowledge of God and His ways, and submit to the workings of His Spirit, we will not be barren, nor unfruitful. Our life will be whole, rich, and productive in the things of God. The prophet Isaiah spoke of those who have allowed the progressive work of the Spirit in their lives:

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

God's trees of righteousness are going to be a glory unto Him. Those who glorify God in their life will receive His glory in full measure. When Moses received this glory, his face shown so brightly he had to cover his face when he spoke to the people. Jesus revealed His trees of righteousness to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And He shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2

The pure river of water proceeding from the throne of God is His anointed Word. It is as clear as crystal; nothing hidden, nothing muddied by anything of the flesh. On both sides of this river are His trees of life. The tree of life in the earth is the body of Christ, those whose roots are partaking of the river of life. These trees produce twelve manner of fruit. These are the twelve fruit of the Spirit. God's trees produce every month, or continually. Our fruit is not to be seasonal, but active at all times, bringing forth the nature of God.

The leaves of God's trees are for the healing of the nations. When you look at a tree what do you see? The leaves. The leaves show forth the life of the tree. Without the witness of a holy life, the world would have no hope. When our life displays these twelve fruit of the Spirit, we will come again into the image and likeness of our Creator. The prophet Isaiah spoke of God bringing forth His new creation man:

"With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, in my spirit within me will I seek Thee early: for when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." Isaiah 26:9

When God's judgments are in our earth, then the world will learn righteousness, because they will witness it in the body of Christ. God is desiring a people who will learn His will and walk in His way. Praise God!


Related Books by George Kirkpatrick

Trees Planted by the Living Waters
Rapture, False Hope



For Further Discussion

God's Progressive Fruit of the Spirit
God's Progressive Salvation Plan
False Doctrines Which Tickle The Ears
The Necessary Sufferings of Paul
Wisdom and Revelation Administered with
Gentleness
The Foundations of our Faith
Watered Seed


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