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…)