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An examination of whether or not the fruits of the Holy Spirit are being manifested in your life is one of the primary ways to examine whether or not you are truly saved or if you have been deceived into a false conversion. When you consider a decorative bowlof fruit as a centerpeice on a dining room table, sometimes a plastic apple or orange looks so good from a distance, very often even better than the real thing. You don’t find out that it is fake until you pick it up. It is dead andd light weight, without the genuine smells and other qualities of a juicy peice of real fruit. So too with spiritual fruit. So to examine and test whether or not you are really born again, we need to focus on the Lord’s own words. He said simply “you shall know them by their fruit.As recorded by Matthew in the 13th chapter, Jesus defined how we become born again.
We hear the word.
We understand it.
We receive it into the good ground of our soul and our spirit.
We receive the fruit of the Holy Ghost and
We become “fruitful.”
Therefore we need to know what fruit IS so that we can objectively test whether our fruit is of the Holy Spirit or if it is fake fruit.
Here is where most professing Christians go wrong. We read Galatians 5 and we say to ourselves “Oh, I’m a loving person so I have the fruit of love. I don’t gossip or backbite and I am usually understanding and kind. I am also patient and peaceful, much more since “I accepted Jesus” then before, so I know I am saved. I don’t commit sins of the flesh so I am born again. This is error. People of other religions often do not fornicate or indulge in the obvious sins of the flesh. Yet, like everyone else without Christ, they are lost sinners, separated from a holy and righteous God/n fact, ALL have sinned by their very nature, whether they actually DO the sinful act or not. As Jesus said, if a married man even looks lustfully at a woman without having sex, he is still an adulterer in the eyes of the Almighty.
What we need to understand is that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are not natural, human qualities. Since the seeds of these fruits are imparted to us at the exact moment of conversion, they are supernatural and they are divine.
Here is a personal example.
When I got saved, I hated white people. I was a racist. There were two little white boys that chased my 8-year-old daughter from the school bus to her door every day. These kids called her “nigger” every day. It was a Monday, March 29th, 1977 at 4pm. I had just gotten born again about 10 minutes before, so I was not standing at the bus stop waiting to protect my daughter as was my custom. I heard my daughter banging on the door and there were the same two boys right behind her. I scooped them both up in a hug, smeared my kisses on their cheeks and invited them in to have some milk and cookies. That ended the problem of those 2 little boys trying to hurt my child. Then there was the time that the woman who stole my first husband from me was pregnant. She was the worst enemy I have ever had in my life, but in my heart was complete forgiveness and love for her and her unborn child, a supernatural love that was beyond my human nature to even approximate. I went to her baring gifts for the unborn and sincerely asked her how I could help. Everyone who knew the former, unsaved Pam thought that I had lost my mind. I did not. The love of God, the first fruit of the Spirit was shed abroad by the Holy Ghost into my spirit, empowering me to manifest the fruit of divine love for an enemy.
What you may be counting as fruit for Jesus Christ may simply be a work or ability of your own soul. Human beings have the power to change our attitudes, behaviors and even our personalities without God being involved in the change. We can stop using drugs by the power of our wills. We can pull ourselves up by our own boot straps. I know for a fact, because this is what I had done BEFORE I was saved. I turned a streetwoman into an educated, prospering lady. When the Holy Ghost got a hold of me, He said “Pam, you took yourself out of the streets and ghetto life, but the streets and ghetto life are still IN you. You changed yourself from the outside in. I will change you from the inside out. Only I can turn you into a sinless, justified, sanctified virtuous woman. What you did was without ME. Not good enough. For without Jesus Christ, you can do nothing.”
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According to Hebrews 4, entering the Lord’s rest is labor or in other words “work.”
Yet, the irony is that we enter in by “ceasing from our own works.” I believe that we struggle or “labor” to enter in for one main reason. The enemy knows that in order to keep us defeated, he has to block our way by stealing both our joy, peace and our rest. So strategically, demonic entities have designed three main styles of deception. Demons revel in depression, oppression and vexation of spirit because these three (3) emotional conditions are open doors to relapse during the restoration process.
Depression is spiritually nurtured by a poor sense of esteem, dissatisfaction, and alienation—each rooted in a lack of patience. Evil spirits thrive on the three “d’s” of doubt, disappointment and despair to lower our physical energy and vitality. Their method is to entangle weeds of negative thoughts, emotions and attitudes into a stronghold or spiritual underground root system that develops into a solid fortress or base of operation from which demons can function unhindered.
Condemnation and accusations are central to the guilt experienced by the depressed.y to rest and peace. Oppression brings a sense of being smothered or weighed down with the burdens of a troubled, problematic life. In such cases, the demon assigned to oppress you is by metaphor a “monkey on the back”, hovering around and pressing you down with a persistent attack, until your spiritual back breaks and you fall or “relapse”. At times sudden and shocking, the demon will apply a steady and relentless attack with persecution and disarming calamities of all sorts.
Vexation of spirit ALSO takes several forms. Restlessness can lead to a feeling of annoyance or irritability. In this regard, evil spirits will employ sequentially ordered petty harassments to
cause worry and a disquieted state, akin to mild or even acute stages of paranoia. In the mental realm, vexation also brings confusion and disorientation. The demonic weapons of choice are fear and intimidation. Demons will use others close to us to create situations that incite our emotions. The
agitation we feel may become so intense that we might literally react compulsively and consequently lose control.
Attempting to control ourselves with human will power alone is an exhausting struggle that Satan will ultimately win. We need to humble ourselves to the fact that human will power cannot outlast Satan’s power. However, when we are able to rest in Christ by ceasing from our own works, the Holy Spirit empowers our spirits with strength that exceeds the capacity of our will. Ceasing from our own works will enable us to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of our flesh without much effort because we have sought the kingdom and found righteousness.
The evil spirit’s goal is to take advantage of and condemn us for what we have been trained to perceive as past failures, coupled with worry and fear over the consequences we may face for our actions, causing us to cry over spilt milk. The demons are skilled at maneuvering the perceived failures to motivate a setback. Deliverance counseling can help you to place the past on the dung heap and press forward to the victory that truth brings.
However, when we are ignorant of Satanic devices, evil spirits can and DO repetitively and consistently employ the same strategies to defeat us, over and over again=== simply because we are ignorant to the fact that whatever failures and mistakes used by the devil to destroy us, God uses it ALL to employ us!”
A perceived failure is just another opportunity to struggle to “enter into His rest.” Once you’ve entered, the struggle is over! Satan won’t completely give up on you. However, once you become an overcomer,
you will find the enemy consistently “on the run.”
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