I heard a wonderful piece of teaching tonight at our bible school, based upon the truths around the fruit of the spirit.
Prior to the verses about the fruit of the spirit, Paul lists many of the sinful actions that are derived from the flesh (Galatians 5 v 19 to 21).
He also tells us what the result of these actions will be.
Firstly let’s see what he does not write; he does not say you will lose your salvation and he does not say that God will removed Himself from you (both teachings that I have personally heard in the church).
He tells us that we will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5 v 21), in other words we will not see manifest the good things of God that Jesus died to provide us with.
Sinful actions or deeds of the flesh do not affect our salvation (as in ticket to Heaven) but will affect how we receive from God.
Sin and deeds of the flesh change us, they do not God or God’s attitude toward us.
They do not change the fact that He has already provided us with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3).
They change how much of His blessings we receive and see made manifest in our lives.
It is not down to God if we receive healing and prosperity for example; He has already provided these and it is down to us to believe and receive.
One “blockage” in the way of us receiving all that God has done for us is sin, or deeds of the flesh.
How we “inherit” is dependant upon us and not God.
Paul goes on to imply that as we understand and then display the fruit of the spirit we will inherit more of what God has already made available to us.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the fruit of the spirit and thank you that all the fruit is available to me today”.
Galatians 5 v 21…..Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God