Is it easy being saved? Takes the Spirit

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Notes: There is a flesh warring in our members. That’s why it takes the Spirit to put these things (fruit) in us. What keeps you from doing what your flesh desires? A still small voice. When the Spirit of God is having its perfect work it exemplifies the fruit. Kindness, for example, will come up in play when you want to react strongly.

Thank God for the Holy Ghost! If the Spirit wasn’t working in us then there is a lot that we would end up doing, but for the faith, mercy and grace of God – we would go overboard. Even where our achievements are concerned – you would be lifted up and proud. When you look over your life you can thank God and give Him the glory for the things that He has done. If it had not been the Lord who was on our side!  (more…)


Longsuffering, gentleness: More fruit to bear

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness ...

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:9
Bishop continues with the series on the fruits of the Spirit. This week we are to work on suffering long and being gentle.

The Lord has shown us much longsuffering, especially in salvation. We have to exercise the same longsuffering when it comes to one another. We have to have patience. And if you are witnessing or ministering you really must have patience. Go ahead and plant and water and give the word of God. The one that planted the seed is no better than the one that watered, and not one is better than God who gives the increase. But once you plant the seed you have to give the seed time to grow.

Sometimes it takes time for people to grab hold of the word. It takes time to win souls. The Bible says that those that win souls are wise. Let’s not be so hasty that we lose patience and we lose the prize that we are trying to obtain. Haste makes waste. Let’s allow God to do the work and give the increase. No one can minister the way God can! Just take inventory of yourself – how long did it take you to come around? You may not have come around instantly, but you did so in God’s time.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).

Longsuffering is one of the attributes of God. It is something we put on. It is the fruit of the Spirit, but it’s got to grow in you. (more…)

Do you bear fruits of peace, longsuffering?

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

Notes: It’s important for us to make sure that we are producing the fruit that the Holy Ghost is producing, if we say we are filled with the Holy Ghost. Otherwise you’ll be pruned. And we can bear more than one fruit. Last week, we talked about love and joy. Tonight we start with peace.

Jesus doesn’t want to see you not produce. If you find yourself coming up short, dig and cultivate. Every now and again we have to pull the weeds out of our lives. Doesn’t mean you don’t have the Holy Ghost. Just means you have some hindrances. Don’t let your fruit spoil. This is the day and age to be concerned about your spiritual life. You need to examine yourself and see where you are. “It’s me, it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” Check your production to see if you are where God wants you to be.  He spells it out in the Word.

Peace is defined as quietness, rest and tranquility in the midst of turmoil, strife and temptation; calm and serenity. Peace is not the absence of war. Can you have peace in the midst of war? Yes, and that’s why the world looks at us strange. We are peculiar. We should be raging, but we’re not, even thought most of us are facing turmoil every day of our lives. That’s why the Word says let the peace of God rule your heart. Then you can sit still in the midst of turmoil. “Cast all your cares on Him, for He careth for you.” When you can develop a trust in God then you can peace in a storm. That’s not natural, but supernatural. Give God the opportunity to let His Word work in you.

We’re still human, but we ought to be temperate in our emotions. The Spirit of God is to control our human inabilities. Whatever mistake you make will condemn you, but God has made a way of escape to bring you back in line. The thing that bothers you is the area that needs to be worked on. Sometimes we lost the fight, but we won’t lose the battle. We call on Jesus and He comes in to help, aid and carry you through. For those who don’t have the Holy Ghost nothing is right, something is always going on. But the kingdom of God is peace in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17 reads: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. That’s what we are supposed to be producing in the kingdom.

We know Jesus to be the Prince of Peace. So how can you be involved with the Prince of Peace and not have peace. Everyone gets upset, but that shouldn’t be a part of your daily life. Be calm, be pleasant. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them (Psalm 119:165). James 3:17-18: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. What you feed your mind is what you’re going to become.

If you want to be a pastor you have to have this one! Longsuffering is defined as patient endurance. Aren’t we glad that we serve a Lord that is longsuffering with us? One person can respond quickly, but another person may not respond as quickly. You have to allow people to be themselves. Then you won’t become so frustrated. Everybody is not the same.  (more…)

Are you bearing the fruit of the Spirit?

Scripture: Genesis 1:12, Galatians 5:22-23

Notes: Notice that fruit, not trees, reproduce fruit.  The function of the tree is to reproduce itself. When a child of God bears the fruit of the Spirit, the seed is in the fruit. You cannot bear more fruit without the Spirit, for the Spirit produces the seed so we can bear more fruit. When you recieve the Holy Ghost, for instance, you receive all the qualities of God, but you must be born of the water and the Spirit to bear fruit.  The word is also the seed. You can’t separate them because they are all one – that’s understanding John 1 and the oneness of God.

The church of God is a living organism that is capable of reproducing itself through the personal testimonies of its members. “We are helpers one of another … we overcome by the word of our testimony … faith comes by hearing the word of God.” The more you hear about how God has brought somebody out, the more your faith is going to increase. You help somebody else when you tell them what God has done for you. It is vital for you to not hinder the process, but allow the Spirit of God to work through you.

Love (agapēs in Greek)
Nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus.  (more…)

Bible study: Let agape love operate in your life

Love suffers long and is kind (1 Cor. 13: 4-8, NKJ)

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4: 7-21
Elder Shaw teaches on another fruit of the Spirit – love, based on Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.

Notes: You don’t have to work to get love from God. You just allow it in your life. The Bible gives us instruction and commands us to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways. The Word is there so that we may practice Agape love, be productive  and add to the body of Christ.

Q: What is agape love?
A: Unconditional love that doesn’t want anything back in return, but requires the Holy Ghost and a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Q: What are the other types of love?
A: Three. Eros – Romantic or erotic love.  Phileo – Brotherly love.

Q: What should the saints do if they feel unloved or wounded by the church?
A: We’re going on to perfection and so is the church. We have to be strong, prayerful and watchful. Focus on God and don’t let others affect your walk with the Lord. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. (Romans 15: 1-3). Sometimes it’s all in your perception. Let Christ’s mind be in you. Furthermore, you can consult with the pastor.

Bible study: Talking about ‘real joy’

The fruits of the Spirit

Scripture: Matthew 5:1-10, Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-10
Elder Shaw teaches on the joys of joy.

Notes: The fifth chapter in the Epistle to the Galatians discusses the fruits of the Spirit. If we are filled with the Holy Ghost we should be producing love, joy and the rest of the attributes listed in Galatians 5:22. They are found in you, but you have to cultivate them and allow them to manifest in your life.

Joy is defined as the experience, expression and possession of great pleasure and satisfaction. What can cause you to lose your joy? If we lose our joy it’s by choice. It could be because of a lack of faith, disobedience, discouragement and/or the trials and tribulations of life. However, if you sow to your Spirit you “shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

The Book of James admonishes us to “count it all joy” when we fall into diverse temptations. That means rejoice “with joy unspeakable,” and put your trust and confidence in the Lord. It’s about your attitude and your perspective, especially when you’re going through. But you have to make a choice to reach out for real joy by faith.

Joy is a possession. It’s yours if you want it. You can share it by lifting someone else up. Remember how Paul and Silas praised God in spite of the circumstances? Joy is also spiritual. It comes from God being inside of us. We have to yield and learn to stay in the presence of the Lord, where there is fullness of joy.

Q: What’s the difference between joy and happiness?
A: The term “blessed” means happy, but happiness can be a momentary or fleeting feeling. Joy is a lifestyle and attribute of the Holy Ghost.