The Holy Spirit and His Fruit
Today, many people believe the Holy Spirit to be a feeling, something that music that really glorifies God, leads to me feeling the tingly feelings in my hands and everything and that’s how I know I feel the spirit. The way this pushes the idea of the Holy Spirit is based upon experience instead of upon scripture. Now let me make clear, today’s idea of the church so-called professors believe the Holy Spirit to be this feeling, something that only seems to work when I listen to so-called worship music. For this notion is very dangerous.
What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit though? For starters, the Love of God is displayed to us in that the Holy Spirit dwells in us. “and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”Romans 5:5 ESV. Not only that, but you see where Paul says the Holy Spirit has been poured? Our Hearts, not hands, not feet, not brain, nowhere else, but the heart. Because we had a heart of stone, that was deceitfully wicked, but what did God do for sinners whom He chose to be His own before the foundation of the world? “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:25-26 ESV.
Now, why did God do that, because humans’ hearts are an idol factory, we make idols out of everything? But one of the evidences of the Holy Spirit isn’t shade, but what? Conviction, for what does the Bible say? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”Galatians 5:22-24 ESV. For the spirit produces the fruit of Christ, self-control is something it does that is really big, so it’s not that sin keeps coming into my life and I can’t fight it, but the Holy Spirit is the one by the means of its power you can fight sin.
The Bible bases sin off fruit, not feeling, off evidence of the work in you, a new nature, not fuzzy feelings in your limbs. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17 ESV. It lets us know we are children of God, not by music coming on, also by what else? “I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.”Romans 6:19.
Sanctification produces works of the spirit and mortifying deeds of the flesh. The main one of all is communion with God by abiding in His word. But with this being the case, what’s the Holy Spirit to you? A fuzzy feeling? If so, I want you to know that in the beginning, God created everything good, man sinned against God, God knew man would and brought about redemption with mankind through Jesus Christ our Lord, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a criminals death that we all deserved and rose the third day. After that, God sent His Holy Spirit into His children for which he died for in Calvary so they may know they are God’s and tells them that the Holy Spirit will produce the works that glorify God. So when those who are in Christ die, we are deemed righteous because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Now how are you saved, by repenting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ in your heart, the root of your wickedness? So I urge you to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. – Troy Paylor from Christ Marked
The above was written by my brother-in-Christ and friend Troy Paylorfrom Christ Marked. You can hear his testimony here, and as always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.