"Rotten foods don't belong in a basket of tropical fruits any more than the deeds of the flesh belong in the life of a Christian."
- Can you name some of the deeds of the flesh that you've seen God removed from your life?
- Tell a family member some of the fruits of the spirit you see displayed in their life. Talk about a way to encourage somebody.
- What are some of the fruits of the spirit you'd like to ask the Holy Spirit to grow in your life today?
00:06 Have you ever wondered why some champions, when you see them playing a sport or playing music or something like that, just have this incredible aura about themselves? You know something's different about them. You know they're not just playing for themselves, but they're playing for something bigger than that. Galatians in Chapter 5 verse 19 through 23 tells us why some champions are different than other champions. It says this: "now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing and things like these which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Against such things there is no law."
01:20 The banquet was an incredible feast and a true black tie affair with formal dresses and glittering diamond jewelry, neat vintage crystal chandeliers, the juiciest filet mignon, lobster entree, fresh mahi-mahi catch of the day, flown in from the Caribbean, and to garnish our china with color, the choices of assorted tropical fruits; Hawaiian pineapple, Caribbean Papaya, plump strawberries. You drooling yet? From the fruital farm land of central Florida. And then to our dismay, we saw mixed into the basket, spiny prickly-pear cactus, slimy drippy horse apples, red hot Jalapeno peppers, bitter green half-ripen persimmons and other untouchable greenery. As crazy as it sounds, that's how inappropriate it looks like for a Christian to display the deeds of the flesh. After your body has become a temple of the holy spirit of God, the fruit of the spirit is as natural of byproduct of a spirit filled life as a tree of red, juicy apples is on the limbs of a red, delicious apple tree in the fertile Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.
02:36 Oklahoma State University couldn't help but elect Holly as their homecoming queen. This friend of mine showed the fruit of the spirit all over that campus and no wonder she was elected. No wonder, you saw Timmy Teboe take Florida to the national championship. No wonder you saw Colt McCoy take the longhorns to championship after championship, and won over 50 games. You know, no wonder you saw Mark Brunell years ago take the Jaguars, just an expansion team, to beat the Denver Broncos into the division championship their first season. You know, they did it not because they threw great passes, they did it because their Christ centered, fruitful lifestyle was seen by everybody on the team and drew the team together like a honeycomb.
03:28 I've known Michael W. for probably 25-30 years. And he's been in the music business for three decades now. You can't count the gold records and platinum records and why he still draws crowds of thousands and thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of people, because like Timmy and like Mark and like Colt, it's so much more than music. It's the fruit of the spirit that you see at him as a friend. It exudes from his smile and exudes from his eyes. It exudes from his voice both on and off the stage. Prickly pears, crab apples, unfresh watermelon, green persimmons, they don't belong in a basket of tropical fruits any more than the deeds of the flesh belong in the life of a Christian.
04:15 Here's some questions for you to just ponder a little bit this morning. Can you name some of the deeds of the flesh that you've seen God removed from your life? And if you're with your family right now, go ahead and Tell a family member some of the fruits of the spirit you see displayed in their life. Talk about a way to encourage somebody. And then this one: What are some of the fruits of the spirit you'd like to ask the Holy Spirit to grow in your life today? Here's the lifeline today. Water and fertilizer enabled the growth of rich fruit on garden trees; so it is with the Word, prayer, obedience, good fellowship - how they help the fruit of the spirit display itself attractively in the life of a believer.