Fruit of the Spirit Week #3
Pastor Kris Freeman
May 21, 2017
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
In week three of the Fruit of the Spirit, we are going to discuss GOODNESS and FAITHFULNESS
The very NATURE of God is good!
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalm 100:5)
There are other things which God describes as good:
- Light was good and it separates from the darkness (Genesis 1:3-19)
- Living things were good (Genesis 1:20-25)
- People were made in His image and it was very good (Genesis 1:26-31)
The opposite of good is BAD and with the bad, comes sin to separate us from God.
The story of the Bible is redeeming God’s people into a good standing with him!
Adversity produces good things! At the end of anything tough is often something very good!
How many of you have ever heard “everything happens for a reason?” Why do we say this? Because God is working good out of every situation!
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28)
So if God is good, then as a co-laborer, it takes FAITHFULNESS and ENDURANCE to reveal God’s purpose within it!
What are some things which take faithfulness and endurance to produce goodness?
- Sickness (to healing)
- Labor (to childbirth)
- Education (to graduation)
- Practice (to execution)
- Training (to qualification)
- Hearing (to application)
- Temptation (to deliverance)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. (James 1:2-8)
What are you going through that could be good, if you are faithful?
Three promises of God as He works the fruit of the Holy Spirit in you:
1. God will help you with what you are facing.
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
2. Life is difficult, but God is confident that you can make it.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
3. Don’t give up! Keep doing what is right and trust God!
So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Be good, be faithful!