What spirit is alive in us and which spirit is ruling and reigning in our lives? We may say we live for Christ but the fruit we produce may show something different. Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. Salt water and fresh water cannot flow from the same place and if the two should mix one will over power and take precedence over the other.
We can identify a tree by the fruit that it bears and in the same manner we can tell what spirit is ruling in our lives by the fruit we produce. We have been trained to think, we have inherited our disposition and temperament. That is true if we are living in our natural fallen state, but if we have been born again by the Spirit of God, we have a new Spirit that produces love, peace, joy and is gentle and is patient with others and displays self-control.
Galatians 5: 22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. NIV
Those who follow Christ have received His Holy Spirit and they are crucifying or putting to death those things that are not Christ like in their behavior. God the Father is Truth and He loves all mankind. He sent Jesus into this world to redeem and deliver us from the power of sin in our lives. Through faith in the Blood of Jesus we are saved from the old way of living and we are being transformed into the likeness of Christ, which is self-denial and love for others.
Sin is a fact of life, we are all born into it and that is why we must die to the old self and be born into a new life by the Living Spirit of God. Jesus came to deliver us from the power of sin and gave us a new birth, a new Heavenly Father and a new life. Prior to Jesus’ coming into our lives sin was our master and we had no control over it, but God, sent Jesus who destroyed sin and freed us from the power of sin to reign over our lives. The born again child of God is freed from the slavery of sin but they still have a choice, which is an act of the will.
Every person is born into sin and everyone has a “will” the ability to choose who or what will rule their lives. Life is about choices. We will choose what lifestyle will reign in and over us and what we choose to believe and be committed too. We are naturally drawn to the desires and yearning of this world, such as greed, fame and fortune because it is what we have been taught, have seen or believed in as part of that fallen nature.
A determination will be made by our “will” we can choose the love of God or the passions of this world. To serve God may be a deliberate choice and act of our conscious thought, or it could be a subconscious act of sin that we are born with and that rules our lives. A choice will be made and either the love of God will reign supreme in our lives or sin will have dominion over us, but one will die and the other will live.
If sin rules our lives, then the life of God will die and not flourish in us and if God reigns in us, the power of sin will die in our lives. There are no other options. One will rise and reign over us and we will know by the fruit we produce of that spirit. What we give ourselves over to will have sovereignty over us. The battle is truly won or lost in the mind, in the decisions we make that dictate our actions. We are born with a mindset that is naturally bent toward sin and the world cultivates this lifestyle and it is what we are taught from the time we are born; to only think about self. Followers of Jesus are commanded to renew their minds and be transformed into the image of Christ.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. KJV
Jesus is our standard. He is our example and we are told to be Holy as God is Holy but the world says it cannot be done. This is the crossroad for every person, to believe by faith the word of God or to believe what they see lived out in the world daily. What if the Bible is true and we can live the life of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit? What if we can live Holy and blameless before God? We can live with a heart that is perfect before God just as Paul did and have that same love of God in us. We too can choose to walk before God in the knowledge of His word so that when we are taught His word, we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us obey it.
We are called to be light in darkness and to be “the right” to all that we see is wrong. We may be the only “Bible” people will read as they see us live out the word of God in our lives. To be Holy is to be in right standing with God and this means we must be authentic with ourselves and others. We will strive to live a life that is prefect and shows the love of God to a lost world and to be quick to turn and change our actions to line up with the word and the love of God if we miss it. A life filled with the Holy Spirit will produce the fruit of the Spirit which is love, peace, joy, patience, tolerance, mercy and self-control in us and for others. We each must ask ourselves, what fruit are we displaying for the world to see and feed on?
Remember, a new birth gives us a new heart by the power of the Holy Spirit which gives us the love of God for people and for all mankind.