Galatians 5:22-26 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
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. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another
“Walking by the Spirit” means that we allow the Holy Spirit in our lives, allowing the Holy Spirit to influence and guide us. This means that we are governed by the Holy Spirit in our everyday activities. Galatians chapter 5 helps us to see the contrast between being under the influence of the Holy Spirit as opposed to being controlled by the flesh. – Galatians 5:17-18.
Romans 8:5, 13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
As the Holy Spirit works upon us, we evidence godly qualities, “the fruit of the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:22-23) Of course, this means much effort on our part. Let us illustrate this way. A farmer gets up very early to cultivate his land, which requires much effort on his part. However, the farmer realizes that there is no amount of effort that is going to bring him high-quality fruit in the end, for sunshine and water are an absolute necessity; without such powerful involvement, there will be no harvest. Like the sunshine, without the Holy Spirit, no matter how much effort we put into trying to avoid fleshly desires, there will be no success. The Holy Spirit is absolutely needed if we are going to harvest the fruit of the Spirit. Yet, what would actually be produced if there were only sunshine and water and no farmer to cultivate the land? The irony is, God makes it very clear within his word the Bible and he even credits the human effort that goes into the harvest of good fruit. (Prov. 10:4) Think about it this way, how we cultivate the soil of our hearts makes every difference in the quality and the quantity the fruit of the Holy Spirit that we are going to harvest.
In addition, if a farmer is going to have a good harvest, the crops also need water. In order to take in a bountiful harvest of the fruit of the Spirit, we need to water the fruit. In order to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit, We need the waters of truth, which can only be found in the Bible and all study tool that we use personally and in order to prepare for our Christian meetings. (Isa. 55:1) We have all likely had many opportunities to inform people that the Holy Scriptures are actually a product of the Holy Spirit. (2 Tim. 3:16) We would be living in a world of denial if we did not acknowledge the fact that Bible study tools help us to better understand the Bible itself. Bible dictionaries, Bible commentaries, and so much more can enable us to have a better understanding of what the Bible authors meant by the words that they penned.
Think about it, how many Christians can fully understand biblical Hebrew and biblical Greek in order to read the Word of God as it was originally written? Rather, almost all Christians benefit from the work of Bible translators and textual scholars. So, by extension, commentaries and Bible dictionaries or encyclopedias are no different. How many Christians have spent years listening to their pastor or minister expound on the Scriptures in their sermons each Sunday? What do we think the pastor or minister used to get his seminary degree and to prepare his sermons every Sunday? What about the professors that taught the pastors or ministers of your church, what did they study to get their degrees to become a professor? Finally, if we are going to be guided by the Holy Spirit, we must read and meditate on God’s Word daily, as well as using quality Bible study tools. – 1 Peter 1:10-12
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