Faith… The Essential Fruit of The Spirit.

Faith-The Essential Fruit of The Spirit

Faith is the essential fruit of the spirit.

For without faith the Bible tells us that it is impossible to please God.

We find that extraordinary truth in Hebrews 11:6.

The letter to the Hebrews chapter 11 is where we find what is known to many as the Hall of Fame of Faith.

This is where we will find extraordinary things written about men and women of God who had the courage to take God at his word.

These men and women were rewarded greatly for their belief just as the Bible promises us that we too will be greatly rewarded if we follow suit.

I guess this is a good place to drop in Hebrews 11: 6 where the scripture reads…

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

You see beloved this is one of the reasons that I say that faith is the essential fruit of the spirit.

Now, of course, every fruit of the spirit is extremely important for building character in us as followers of Christ…

But there is no other fruit that we receive of God with the admonition that without it we can’t please God though.

Hmmm… That’s something to meditate on… right there.

 

Where Does Faith Come From?

 

So you may… or may not be asking yourself… How do we get this faith to please God?

Before I answer that question… That is if you are asking.

Let me just add a little commentary about the Great God of heaven and earth. And it is this…

There is one thing among many that I have discovered about God… and it is that he is faithful and true to his words of promise.

So here is another thing for you to ponder and also to help bridge the gap between your head and your heart.

Our God and heavenly Father will not require anything of us that he will not help us to accomplish.

As a matter of fact my beloved we find that promise recorded for us in the Epistle to the Philippians 4:19.

It reads as such…

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

This means that God will give us what we need in every area of our lives… mentally… spiritually… physically and even financially.

Beloved it’s truly important that we allow this truth to resonate within us.

 

Now Back To Faith.

 

Just like every other fruit of the spirit belongs to God… We must cautiously keep this in mind concerning the fruit of faith.

Remember without faith it is impossible to please God.

Okay, Okay… So how do we get the faith we need to please God?

So then faith comes by hearing… and hearing by the word of God.

So, there you have it. It sounds pretty simple… Right?

Well, beloved…it is… and it’s not.

Here’s why I say that.

It will be hard on you if you attempt to go at this faith thing in your own strength, resources, and understanding.

Maybe you recall me quoting John 15:5 where the Lord Jesus tells us that without him we can do nothing.

And in another place, he tells us…with men it is impossible… But with God all things are possible. Mathew chapter 19 verse 26.

You see beloved…

 

Our Help Comes From The Lord.

 

When the Lord established the truth that we find in Mathew chapter 19 verse 26 he was speaking to us in the context of saving faith.

We all need this saving faith first and foremost if we are going to receive anything from the heart and hand of the Lord.

It appears to me that by the question that his disciples asked him in Mark 10:26…

That most folks were under the impression that if there was to be any among them to be saved… It would surely be them that are rich.

Not so… beloved… For God is no respecter of persons.

God can and will save anyone he chooses, rich or poor… male or female of all nations and languages.

That leads me to this… Again I remind you of Romans 10:6 where the scripture reads…

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Yet, before we can hear the word of God something else must take place.

What might that be you ask?

Before we answer that let’s look at Hebrews 11:6 again where the scriptures tell us…

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The Bible teaches us in Romans 10:14 that for anyone to believe or have faith in God he or she must first hear about him by the preaching of the word of God.

Romans 10:15 lets us in on something else concerning faith with this question…

And how shall they preach, except they are sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

That’s one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

We see it being said first in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 52:7  and also by the prophet Nahum, in Nahum chapter 15 verse 1.

And it tells us plainly that if we are going to be properly exposed to the word of God… He must send us preachers prepared by him and for him.

 

Can Anyone Preach The Word of Faith?

 

That’s another one of those yes and no questions.

I say that because we are all called to be disciples and ambassadors for Christ Jesus.

That is if we are saved.

And then there are some who are called in the manner in which we learn in Ephesians 4:11 where we find these words…

And he gave some, apostles…. and some, prophets… and some, evangelists… and some, pastors and teachers.

Verses 12 through 13 tells us why God has given these gifts to men and women all over the world.

And it’s

For the perfecting of the saints… for the work of the ministry, and for the edifying of the body of Christ…  

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Did you get that beloved?

Simply put these are men and women sent by God to help bring us together as a people…

Men and women sent to help mature us by the renewal of our minds that we might be conformed into the image of Christ.

 

The keyword is”sent”

 

In Romans 10:15 the question is asked.

How shall they preach, except they are sent?

The word “sent” in Romans 10:15 is defined in the Strong’s Concordance as…

Set apart. To be set apart is also known as sanctification.

And the truth of the matter is that we that are saved and are members of the household of faith are all… set apart.

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But we must recognize that God has a specific and a particular purpose and plan for us all.

The Bible teaches us that God has given us gifts according to his will and purpose.

We don’t get to choose our gifts and we can’t appoint ourselves to any particular office in his ministry.

As I like to say… One must be sent and not one that just went.

You see not all of us have the ability to pastor a Church congregation…

Nor do we all have the charisma of an evangelist that has the ability and privilege to travel to the places that God wishes to send them.

I’m sure you get my point.

Nevertheless, we are all commanded to study the word of God that we may learn to rightly divide the word of truth and be approved of him. 

Meaning we need to know the word of God to be properly used of him within the boundaries that he has set for us individually and as a body of believers.

This may be within the boundaries of our immediate communities… our homes… the workplace… in our schools and other places that we find ourselves.

We have all been ordained and commanded to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Mathew 28 verses 19 thru 20.

It reads as such…

Go, you, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.

And in doing so he has promised us this…

and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Beloved, It’s Still about Faith.

 

We have touched on a few things about faith concerning who faith belongs to… What… or better yet… Who our faith should be in… and how we can acquire this faith.

Now let’s talk about what faith is.

In Hebrews 11:1 we read these words…

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This looks like and it sounds like the definition of the word faith…

But, it’s not.

Year’s ago if someone would have asked me to tell them the meaning of faith… I would have quoted Hebrews 11:1.

But here is the truth…

The biblical definition of faith is pistis…

And of course, that’s the Greek Translation.

Pistis means belief… to trust… to be fully persuaded or a strong conviction.

We read from the Thayer Definition that faith relating to God as the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ.

And as relating to Christ… As a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God.

So, what should this faith look like in us or how should it manifest itself in and through us as Christ-Followers?

Good question… Here’s the answer.

It should manifest itself as the fruit of fidelity, faithfulness and as the character of one who can be relied on.

We all should be men and women of great integrity.

Also, let us not forget that faith works by love and if we are walking in love the fruit of joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, etc will also be manifest in us and through us.

See Galatians 5:6, and Ephesians 5:2.

Proverbs 22:1 puts it in this way…

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches… and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

In today’s culture, many see the gain of money and material possessions as being of greater importance than that of a good name.

Many have been taught that being able to acquire an abundance of money and material possession as a sign of having great faith…

That’s hogwash.

But that my beloved is for another discussion.

And in the meantime…

 

Who has ears to hear, let him hear?

 

These too are words that the Lord spoke when he was teaching the people in parables.

This reminds me again of Romans 10:17.

If you don’t mind let me quote it again for you… It reads like this.

So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

How does that speak to you?

I’ll tell you how it speaks to me.

This is one of the most important verses found in the Bible. And when you really get an understanding of what God is telling us… Your view of what you attend too… will forever change.

You see when the Bible teaches us that faith comes by hearing… we need to stop there for a moment and let it speak to us.

What we discover is that there is a universal law in effect that not only applies to the people of God… But it also applies to the whole of mankind.

The law is this… What you and I attend to most is what we will also trust the most.

This is why we are instructed to guard our hearts with much care because out of it flows the issues of life. See Proverbs 4:23.

And yet there’s another part to the verse that we must also take heed to as well.

Yes, I am talking about the part that says… and hearing by the word of God.

This part of the verse has more to it than meets the eye.

I imagine that when most of us read this part… the understanding that we get is just what it says.

Meaning that we get stronger in our faith by hearing the word of God.

But there is more to it than that my beloved.

You see when we quote the whole verse or both parts of the verse together it’s easy to miss out on what I am about to share with you.

And it could be that you already know what I’m talking about. But please bear with me for the sake of those that may not.

So when we read or quote these words… “and hearing by the word of God”.

Do you ever pause to take notice that by hearing the word of God not only does it cause your faith to grow… It also enhances your ability to hear the word of God as well.

Did you get that?

Yes the more you hear the word of God the more you gain ears to hear it also.

Hearing equates to understanding the word of God… and understanding the word of God builds our faith and confidence in our heavenly Father.

 

Faith is Essential to Building Character.

 

James the brother of the Lord Jesus told us that faith without works is dead.

Everything that God tells us should get our attention.

But when God mentions something three times in the same chapter in our bibles we really should be asking for his help in accomplishing what he is asking of us.

We find the phrase faith without works is dead three times in chapter 2 of the book of James.

What that tells me is that we as individual followers of Christ and as a body of believers in Christ… need to get busy being doers of the word and not be hearers only.

We also read in James chapter 2 verse 19 that we do well to believe in the one true God.

Yet in the same verse, we read that demons also believe and tremble.

So why do you think James tells us that?

Well, beloved here’s what I recently began to understand and discover.

And it’s like this…

If the demons reverence and tremble in fear before God… How much more shall we of the household of faith do good works in reverence to our great God and heavenly Father?

As we remember that faith works by love… so does the other fruit of the spirit.

The thing that makes faith so essential to building strong character traits is that we have to exercise faith to allow the love of God to be shed forth from our hearts.

We have to also exercise our faith to be joyful… to be peaceful and patient.

Faith is needed to show acts of kindness and goodness towards one another as Christ-followers and to those outside of the faith as well.

We exercise faith when we humble ourselves to God and when we use self-control in the times that we need to be still.

None of this can be accomplished if we don’t first put our trust and faith in the Lord Jesus.

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By The Faith of Our Lord.

 

As we draw to the conclusion of this part of… ” Faith… The Essential Fruit of The Spirit.”

Let us truly wrap our hearts around who our gifts belong to and who our gifts are for.

As I mentioned earlier the fruit belongs to God… just like everything and everyone does.

Yet he has given gifts to men and women of the faith to do the work of his ministry in the earth.

That many people might be saved and that many lives can be changed for the better.

This is why we as Christ-followers must become good stewards over the gifts and calling of God in and on our lives.

To do this we must truly understand how our gifts are to be utilized… This especially applies to the gift of faith.

We find in Galatians 2:20 this extraordinary verse of scripture…

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

These are some mighty powerful words. However, for the sake of time, I will not expound on all that’s revealed at this moment.

But I wish to bring to your attention the section of the verse that reads in this way.

“The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.

So what does it look like to live by the faith of our Lord Jesus?

 

Faith, Fruit, Spirit… A Few Things To Remember.

 

First and foremost as I said before we must recognize who the faith belongs to.

I know it’s a little hard to wrap your mind around this because we are so used to relying on our own strength and resources.

What we as followers of Christ must learn to do is draw from the supernatural inner strength that has been deposited in us by God the Holy Spirit.

This is a learned behavior and it is not something that we can master overnight.

Another thing we must do is learn to walk in obedience to God. This is crucial to our existence and wellness.

When we are obedient to God not only does it pleases him and brings him honor and glory…

But it helps us to be more confident when we are partitioning the Lord in prayer.

Speaking of prayer… Prayer… meditation and the reading of God’s word are also expected of us as followers of Christ.

How else can we truly get to know God intimately and understand his ways without filling ourselves with his word that gives us knowledge and wisdom?

Or how else will we be able to flesh out the admonishment that we received in James 2:1…

Have not the faith of our Lord with respect of persons.

Listen, after all, is said and done… Here is what I believe to be the most important thing that we must remember.

And it’s that God is faithful and he promises to complete the work that he has begun in us as his children. See Philippians 1:6.

 Beloved of God I can’t emphasize this enough… God is faithful and we can put our full assurance in what he has promised to us as followers of Christ.

So as we continue our Christian journey, let us hold fast to our profession of faith and never to grow weary in well-doing.

Knowing that faithful is he that calls us, who also will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:24.

Beloved… That’s going to do it for this portion of Character Building Fruit… Faith… The Essential Fruit of The Spirit.

So always remember to keep up the good practice…

And experience the power of God working to give you a new life…

Through… Meditation.

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