Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part XI

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We continue our series on The Roles or Work Of the Holy Spirit. As I noted I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool. We however will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;

He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)

He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)

He restrains. (Acts 16:6)

The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1)

The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)

The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)

He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)

The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)

The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)


Yesterday in part V of our series on the Roles of the Holy Spirit we discussed how The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him (Romans 8:4-5). Today we will be looking at the Role the Holy Spirit plays in Producing Fruit in our Lives, so let us break it down:

CONTEXT: Before we look at the two verses for today lets talk about what the “Fruit of the Holy Spirit” is and is not. On of the primary roles of the Holy Spirit is to conform us to the image of Christ. He helps make us more Christ like in our everyday walk and talk.

Have you ever heard someone argue that ‘only “God” knows the heart of a true believer and we should never judge someone.’  That is really UNBIBLICAL on so many grounds but since we are focused on the Holy Spirit let us look at one. The Holy Spirit produces fruit, that is a positive action one that can be seen and attested to, in all truly converted born again believers. While it may be true I cannot look into the heart of a person I can see their fruit if there is any to see. If not, well a righteous judgement concerning their eternal state is warranted. 

The Holy Spirit IS NOT some magical genie that you can call upon to produce fruit on a moments notice. There is no on/off switch here, it is an ongoing, living process called sanctification and it will last our entire lifetime. 

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Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9 (KJV) 
Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9 (RVR 1960)

v.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

But the fruit of the Spirit It is made clear immediately that this is not of man, his nature or will for we know that the corrupt sinful man is incapable of producing good fruit. 

love, not just the love of God and brethren that should be expected, but the compassionate concern for others 

joy, even in times of trouble true “Christians” can find joy because they have fellowship with God and like minded believers. 

peace, This does not mean bringing peace to the world around us; it refers to peace in ones own self, conscience. Some folks struggle with their past the Holy Spirit alone can provide peace.

patience, ever heard ‘never pray for patience’ well this is not referring to the act of waiting but how we act while waiting. The KJV rendered it longsufferinga word not used much anymore but fits quite well, meaning patience while enduring something. 

kindness, goodness, I combined these two because you can not be a child of God and continue to be evil towards people, it just won’t work. 

faithfulness, this is not the faith word game played by far too many. This is faith in action that James and Paul spoke about. You want to really know if someone is a Christian what are they doing for the Kingdom.

v.23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

gentleness, or Meekness (KJV) means to go about our daily lives with humility and lowliness of mindThe difference is a true believer puts him(her)self second and God first always. 

self-control; this is a tough one for many especially those of us to came to Christ late in life. It includes obvious things moderation of eating and drinking, watching our language, avoiding conflict, etc. Again this will be a work in progress for our whole lives so never give up, always seek help if needed to bolster the work of the Holy Spirit in real problem areas. 

against such things there is no law all of these things v.22-23, are completely agreeable to the Law of God. 

v.9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

The result of or effect of the Holy Spirits work is found in all that is all true converted born again believers. It is our new nature in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17

that is good as opposed to unrighteous and evil

and right as opposed to unjust, fraudulent and covetous 

and true as opposed to lies, hypocrisy and errors

CONCLUSION:  The Holy Spirit plays a key role in the maturing Christians life. He works in us daily to shape our lives to be more like Jesus. The process known as sanctification is one that will last a lifetime and will continually Produce Fruit

 

Not of This World

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14 I have given to them Your word [the message You gave Me]; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world and do not belong to the world, just as I am not of the world and do not belong to it. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. 18 Just as You commissioned and sent Me into the world, I also have commissioned and sent them (believers) into the world. (AMP)

Here we have Jesus alone praying, He has prayed from himself and will later pray for all believers but here his prayer is dedicated to His disciples. While it is certain from the text that He is being specific to the Apostles, I do not think it bad hermeneutics to apply this to all modern day disciples. 

So what is a disciple that is being spoken of here? In simplest Biblical terms they are a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ. (Also See) This is NOT someone who just goes forward to an alter call, says a prayer, gets there get outta hell card and moves on with life. No, a disciple is someone:

 

Note what our Lord and Savior asks for His Disciples; I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but that You keep them and protect them from the evil one. What good would it do if every time a disciple was in trouble they were taken out of the world and into eternity. What testimony would that be for others to see? No Jesus understood that the best thing He could ask for, knowing that They {we}are not of the world, just as I {he was} am not of the world was for protection from Satan’s cunning temptations. One can not (rightly) claim to be a disciple of Christ Jesus and still live a life rooted in the world around them, that is living a sinful lifestyle. 

How can we be protected from Satan and his minions? Verse 17 tells us clearly Sanctify them in the truth [set them apart for Your purposes, make them holy]; Your word is truth. Part of the Sanctification process is growing or maturing spiritually. We can only do this one way, through the Word of God for His word is truth.  Daily bible readings regular church attendance and fellowship with like minded believers are just a few examples of how we help the maturing process. 

It is evident to me at least that Jesus knew from this prayer that life for His disciples would be a battle and as an ex-soldier I can testify that the worse thing one can do is go into any battle unprepared. Are you ready to fight the good fight today? 

 

 

Walk in newness of life

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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (KJV) 

In Romans 6:1-14 we find the Apostle Paul writing about a variety of things that occur when we are truly converted. We can only obtain this conversion from the old sinful man by being baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?(v.3). In other words were must as Jesus did partake of His sin sacrifice at Calvary through a Spiritual death and rebirth (1 Corinthians 12:13). 

Our main verse here and others like (2 Corinthians 2:16-17) makes it crystal clear that all who are truly converted will walk in [the] newness of life. So what does this phrase, mean? Again it is fairly simple, true converts are not those who just go to an alter, pray a prayer and get there ‘get out of hell card’ only to show no signs of true repentance. Walking in the newness of life, means a transformation has taken place not just on the inside (Spiritual) but on the outside our daily moral character. 

Everything about our way of life changes, we no longer find pleasure (although we sometimes fail) in the sinful Works of the Flesh instead we rejoice daily as we mature in the Fruits of the Spirit.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Therefore we are — rather, “were” (it being a past act, completed at once). buried with him, by baptism into death — (The comma we have placed after “him” will show what the sense is. It is not, “By baptism we are buried with Him into death,” which makes no sense at all; but, “By baptism with Him into death we are buried with Him”; in other words, “By the same baptism which publicly enters us into His death, we are made partakers of His burial also”). To leave a dead body unburied is represented, alike in heathen authors as in Scripture, as the greatest indignity (Revelation 11:8Revelation 11:9). It was fitting, therefore, that Christ, after “dying for our sins according to the Scriptures,” should “descend into the lower parts of the earth” (Ephesians 4:9). As this was the last and lowest step of His humiliation, so it was the honorable dissolution of His last link of connection with that life which He laid down for us; and we, in being “buried with Him by our baptism into His death,” have by this public act severed our last link of connection with that whole sinful condition and life which Christ brought to an end in His death.

that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father — that is, by such a forth-putting of the Father‘s power as was the effulgence of His whole glory.

even so we also — as risen to a new life with Him.

should walk in newness of life — But what is that “newness?” Surely if our old life, now dead and buried with Christ, was wholly sinful, the new, to which we rise with the risen Savior, must be altogether a holy life; so that every time we go back to “those things whereof we are now ashamed” (Romans 6:21), we belie our resurrection with Christ to newness of life, and “forget that we have been purged from our old sins” (2 Peter 1:9). (Whether the mode of baptism by immersion be alluded to in this verse, as a kind of symbolical burial and resurrection, does not seem to us of much consequence. Many interpreters think it is, and it may be so. But as it is not clear that baptism in apostolic times was exclusively by immersion [see on Acts 2:41 ], so sprinkling and washing are indifferently used in the New Testament to express the cleansing efficacy of the blood of Jesus. And just as the woman with the issue of blood got virtue out of Christ by simply touching Him, so the essence of baptism seems to lie in the simple contact of the element with the body, symbolizing living contact with Christ crucified; the mode and extent of suffusion being indifferent and variable with climate and circumstances).

A Short Fuse Of Anger…

Are you living with someone who has this issue or maybe you are that bomb waiting to go off. My friend’s post is spot on.

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