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Fruits Of the Flesh And Of The Spirit

It is clear, from God’s Word, that being born again is the key to entering the kingdom of God. However, most people miss this point when they continue living their own lives. Therefore, I pray for a wakeup call now before judgement day. Please know that Jesus did say, 1“except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He also explained what being born again means when he said, 1“except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” So we learn that this new life is about being renewed by the water and of the Holy Spirit. This knowledge is our key to walking a life for Christ and away from this wicked world. So where does this begin? Well, as Jesus said to his disciples, Baptism. Let us read. 2“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.” Once we are baptized with the Spirit, our flesh is renewed. We no longer live for the lusts of the flesh but 3“live in the Spirit”. This new way of life is different than what we have ever experienced before. We are strengthened daily in the Spirit as we trust in God, pray, and abide in His Words.

Paul mentioned that there is a difference with somebody that is born again in the Spirit than someone that is living in the flesh. Those that live in 3“the works of the flesh” have these characteristics… 3“Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.” And those that 3“do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Therefore, identity your life and if you are not living for Christ now, then repent and be baptized of the Spirit. If you are already baptized, then repent and trust in God. You can break free from the sins of this world. However, to do so it will take the power of God in your life. What you do will fail over time but with the Lord, there is healing that lasts. And when God cleanses us, the fruits of the Spirit are able to replace the works of the flesh. Instead of giving into our own lusts, our soul is awakened to live for Christ. These are then the characterizes that come into a Spirit filled life… 3“Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”. If you believe in Jesus, then crucify your flesh and live in the Spirit today.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for giving us Your divine wisdom on how to enter the kingdom of God. We are grateful to come before You and be cleansed from all our sins. We give every evil work of the flesh over to You, this day. We acknowledge our sins and ask for forgiveness. Have mercy upon us Lord. We are sorry for living for the flesh and apart from You. We wish to not live this way any longer. Help us to no longer serve the flesh but live for the Spirit. And Lord, to those that have not been baptized of the Spirit, convict them now, to do so. May they repent and be baptized before it is too late. And to those that are already baptized in the Holy Spirit, wake them up. Set a revival in their hearts. Lead them away from all uncleanness and unto repentance. May they come back to their one true love, which is You, Jesus. I pray that they remember the day when they were baptized and filled with the Spirit. This I plead for them. Come back and be filled again. I know that You are waiting Lord. Lord, cleanse us this day, of all our sins, and fill us with Your Spirit. We believe in You. We trust in You. You are our hope. I love You Lord. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1John 3:1-8 (KJV)
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

2Acts 1:1-8 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

3Galatians 5:19-27 (KJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
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.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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