How to Hear from the Holy Spirit Session Three
Once we learn to hear and listen to the Holy Spirit our next job is to learn to cultivate the nine fruits He has given to us as believers. This means we need to make a conscious effort to not only cultivate these in our lives but to keep studying them as we mature in the faith.
The nine gifts of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22-23 are: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
English Standard Version (ESV)
I have studied these characteristics several times over the years. One thing I learned early on is that these fruits build on one another. The more love you have the more joy you have. The more joy you have the more peace you have and so on. So, the fruit of self-control is built upon the strong cultivation of the others. The Holy Spirit is the teacher and the counselor there is no human way to truly and deeply cultivate these fruits without His leadership and guidance. This is not something we do it is something we are given when the Holy Spirit resides in us and helps us to learn how to cultivate them and live in them every day.
I believe holiness is the living and walking consistently in these gifts and being able to consistently be able to walk in them.
God told us to be holy as He is holy.
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,[a] and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.
1 Peter 1:12 ESV
As this verse tells us that being holy is about how we conduct our lives. The fruit of the Spirit are the nine ways we are called to conduct ourselves in our interactions with other human beings.
Over the course of my life I have often struggled with a competitive spirit. This is different from being competitive in a healthy way. Instead this is a fear or a dread of being less than to the point you do things which are contrary to he word. When I was in my twenties there was a young lady who was dating my cousin and another friend of mine at the same time. Now, I was offended mostly because I was jealous to be honest. So, I told both men about the other. Of course, I justified my actions by saying she was sleeping with them both and the new disease AIDS was on the scene. But, really I was jealous. I behaved ominously. There was no reason for me to shout her out to these guys. When I say the Holy Spirit was not pleased with me, I am telling you there is no way to convey to you the seriousness of His displeasure. However, even with this He corrected me within the bounds of the fruits He was attempting to help me build in my life. I was ashamed of my behavior and apologized to all involved at the time. I also learned how to pray and give and seek forgiveness. It was a tough lesson to learn. But, I did learn it and never bore witness against someone based on my high mindedness again.
Maturity calls for us to grow up and put way childish behavior. Acting with love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness and self-control requires we develop a mature walk with God. It is not easy, it not always fun. But, it is worth it and makes it easier to live life.
Question for this Session and Beyond:
This question is to help you move beyond these sessions and to use the information to improve your lives from here on out!
What does it mean to be mature in the faith? What does that look like in your everyday life and how will you build on it daily?
Things to take away from this lesson:
1. The fruits of the Spirit are as much about behavior as they are about feelings.
2. These fruits are given to us by the Holy Spirt because He wants to teach us how to cultivate them.
3. The frits and holiness go together.
4. The level to which we act and govern our lied by these nine characteristics shows forth our maturity level in spiritual things.
5. Our lives are best lived by communing with the Holy Spirit and knowing exactly what He is telling us about every aspect of our lives.
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Teaching our children to hear from the Holy Spirit is the number on thing we need to do to protect them from the things the world would try to do to influence them. It is our ability to hear directly from God which allows us to resist the suggestions the word throws our way. We need to teach our childen to har from God Himself. PT&A is offering a six-week series called:
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