If you read the blog post from yesterday, you noticed that I have a deep longing in my soul that the Holy Spirit have more and more control of me so He can produce in and through me the right kind of fruit. Paul speaks to this issue like this; “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
In a way, it is like having two fruit trees. One produces good fruit and the other bad fruit. If we water and feed the tree that produces bad fruit, that is the kind of fruit we will harvest – the natural man, the flesh, that cannot please God. “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8). God has no delight in the fruit that comes from the man Christ died to remove from the sight of God. There is a continual battle, “for the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).
Scripture gives us the solution to this problem; “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” To “walk by the Spirit” is to allow Him to have His way. Feed this tree of life and you will get good fruit that pleases God. Because the Spirit is in the believer, “it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Every word, every act, and every thought and motive is first run by the Spirit to see if He is in agreement. To “walk by the Spirit” means that I submit to His control IN EVERYTHING!
Which tree are you giving water and feeding? It will make a difference in the fruit you produce.
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