How do we know that we are producing fruit in our lives? We are changed, sometimes others may notice the difference in you before you do! The bible tells us how we can we tell that what we are doing is producing good fruit in our lives.
- A change in our actions: Galatians 5 tells us that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. In contrast, the acts of the flesh are: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. We are told that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
- Decreased craving of fleshly desires: Although we all sin and fall short, if we are walking in the spirit we will not consistently crave things of the flesh. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
- Desiring God’s will and righteousness: Your desire will be to please God and to bring forth fruit unto God and not unto death (Romans 7:4-5): In Ephesians 5:9 we find that the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth. As followers of God, we strive to seek first His kingdom, righteousness and will. We recognize the fact that we are filled with the fruit of righteousness, that came to us by Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. (Philippians 1:11) *Righteousness in Greek is dikaiosuné: which means divine approval or God’s judicial approval. Also see, James 3:17.
- Answered prayers: John 15:16 states that ‘ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained yo, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. If we look back at John 15:7 it tells us that if we abide in Him and His words abide in us, we can ask what we will and it shall be done unto you. If we are abiding in God, keeping the commandments and his word within us, what we ask should be aligned with His will in our lives. Take a look at the stories of Hannah and Solomon, they asked with pure intentions and received because their will was God’s will. In James 4:3 tells us that it is possible to ask amiss.
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Part Two: How do I produce Good Fruit?