We need to do, is to look at the fruit of spirit instead of the miraculous or spectacular. If the church is big and growing then it must be from God. Also if the minister speaks in tongues and publishes books, then he must be from God. Furthermore, people are healed in prayer rooms or because hands are laid on them, then this must be from God.
” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith ”
“ Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
The fruit of the Spirit is proof of a true and living faith. Proof of faith is not the miraculous or spectacular but the fruit of the Spirit.
Jesus teaches us there is something more meaningful than miracles and more superb than the spectacular. That something is a Christian and a church growing in the faith.
Christ warns us about false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing. Jesus then gives us the perfect formula for discerning who is from God and who is of Satan. He says, “by their fruit you will recognize them”
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
We live in an age filled with false prophets and many false prophets are found within the church. The church is attacked by its own unbelieving members and leaders.
Spirit of Man Should Be
The fruit of the Spirit that identifies one as from God or of Satan; Paul identifies the fruit as: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Also, if we are a Spirit-filled Christian and we all claim that, then the fruit of the Spirit should be found in your life.
The Spirit gives unlimited love; The Spirit gives everlasting joy; Satan gives temporary joy. The Spirit gives peace; Satan gives numbness and carelessness. Therefore, Spirit gives patience; Satan gives laziness and insensitivity. The Spirit gives kindness; Satan gives a kindness that manipulates to get its own way. The Spirit gives goodness; Satan gives hypocrisy.
Furthermore, God wants fruit in your life and my life. And, He makes it possible for us to produce the fruit He wants and looks for. You see, fruit-bearing always starts with God and Christ. God has to plant new life within us.
Finally, developing spiritual fruit requires being around people. God wants us to develop spiritual fruit within the context of family and church.