17. The fruit of the Spirit

We are part of God's Kingdom. We have been discussing everything that is true of us because we are part of it. And today I would like us to focus on the fruit of His Kingdom. What will flow out of our lives if we are part of His Kingdom? The Scriptures tell us clearly:

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God." Galatians 6:15, 16

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22, 23

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11

In His Kingdom is everything that is good. All things wonderful are in His Kingdom and you are part of it already as we have seen. His new creation is what matters now, and if you walk in this new creation, peace and mercy will be yours. If you remain in Him and focus your thoughts on Him, His fruit will manifest and start to flow. His joy will be your constant companion.

You cannot attain these qualities by trying on your own. You cannot. In the carnal you cannot be patient, you cannot be gentle and walk with self-control. It is very very difficult. You see the answer is not working on yourself until you display these qualities, because even though you might display them outwardly, you might not experience them inwardly. You might be boiling on the inside, and faking a patient smile on the outside. The answer is to start living in His Kingdom. The answer is to focus on Him and to read the Bible and see who you truly are in Him. Once you start focusing on Him and all that He is, you will start to become more and more like Him. And the more you become like Him, the more of His qualities you will display.

Always remember that it is the fruit of the Spirit, not your own fruit. It is His fruit, and the more you focus on Him and become like Him, the more of His fruit you will bring forth. It will make your life a pleasure to live and it will also attract others to His Kingdom. And that pleases the Father. He sent His Son to give you all the tools and to make it possible for you to follow Him and to be like Him. You just need to allow Him to work through you, that is all. Be an open vessel, allow yourself to be 'serviced', give yourself the chance to run on a better engine, His engine. On your own you might be able to drive, but when His engine takes over you can run and not grow weary, you can fly.

Father, thank you so much for sending Your Spirit to come and live within us. Thank you that the true answer to life is that we must stop trying and that we should allow Your Spirit to move through us. Then we can accomplish so much more and then we can display Your fruit for all to see, not only to make our lives better, but to lure others into Your Kingdom as well. Amen

1 comment for “17. The fruit of the Spirit”

  1. Gravatar of Karlien WoodKarlien Wood
    Posted Friday, June 30, 2017 at 4:43:53 PM

    Thank you for all your inspiring messages Ilse, it is always SO meaningful and precious to me. We use your book, 'God Whispers'on a regular basis during our quiet times and we do experience God on a more intimate level every time..the daily whisperings encourage us in our journey with the Lord. God bless

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