Yesterday, Pastor Matt wrapped up our sermon series, FREE. This has been such a powerful sermon series, and I have heard story after story of bondages broken and freedom experienced as we have studied Galatians 5. In this series, we’ve focused, not only on being set free, but on flourishing in the fruit of the spirit.
We finished the sermon series by looking at the last four fruit of the spirit – goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Goodness from God is greater than anything bad that could happen to you. In fact God can take something bad and turn it into something good. When He does that, we have been redeemed – restored to our original purpose.
Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”(NIV)
We know that in all things God works FOR the good of those who love Him. He wants to work for your good. It doesn’t say that all things are good. But God wants to take the thing in your life that you think is the worst thing ever and turn it around and do something awesome that could change the world! How awesome is God!
Give God your bad and He will make it your best!
We can be faithful because God is faithful.
1 Corinthians 1:8-9, “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord is faithful.”
God is faithful. He is faithful when we are tempted, He is faithful to forgive us when we mess up. He is faithful even when we are not faithful. In our culture we need people who are flourishing in the fruit of faithfulness! Faithful in our relationships, faithful in our marriages, faithful to our churches, faithful to God!
Jesus illustrates what faithfulness is in the Parable of the Talents, found in Matt. 25:14-30.
Matthew 25:21, “His master replied, ‘Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
When we flourish in faithfulness. We will be faithful to God with our
Malachi 3:9-11, “You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty.”
Philippians 4:5-7, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Gentleness doesn’t mean weak. It means you have a calmness amidst the chaos and anxiety.
Gentleness – Considerate, not harsh or severe. To tame or break a horse – to gentle a horse.
That’s how God treats us. He is the gentle shepherd. He guides, He protects, He disciplines, He cares for. Just as a shepherd cares for their sheep.
Matthew11:28-29, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The fruit of self control helps us to respond rather than to react. When something doesn’t go our way there is a natural reaction in the flesh
Proverbs 29:11, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
A fool gives full vent to their anger but a wise man is under God’s control.
but when we are filled with the Spirit God helps us to respond with love.
God will help us to Relfect and Respond when things don’t go our way
- In Control = Power freak. You have to be in control. It has to be your way.
Ex. remote control.
- Out of Control = Power out of Control. It’s like a an 6 year old trying to drive an 18 wheeler. 4 year old trying to use a chain saw.
- Self Control = Power under God’s Control
Self Control is Power Under God’s Control!
Power OUT OF CONTROL is dangerous, Power in GOD’S CONTROL is supernatural.
All of the fruit of the Spirit… Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control are to not just benefit us but others. Fruit is for others to experience through us.
My prayer is that as we conclude this series that your lives will flourish with the fruit of the Spirit. That God’s love would flow in you and through you to a lost and hurting world!
If you missed this weeekend’s service, or if you would like to hear it again, it will be available here by Tuesday morning.
Keep Bearing Fruit,