His Fruit

His Fruit

His Fruit

 Isaiah 32:13-15

People shall mourn upon their breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city; Because the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks— Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

Mourning for what used to be

This used to be the pasture

This used to be the vineyard

All it is now is thorns and briers

What I remember as a happy home

What I remember of my home town

The palace is forsaken

The city is deserted

The forts and towers that used to protect us are now hiding places for the enemy to trap and stalk us

The wrong things are in the fields

I want you to see this from several different angles

First your own life

You start out innocent everything seems so wonderful

Then life hits you 

This is a saying that I developed very early in my Christian life 

Light gets lighter and darkness gets darker

We forget that

As Christians we should always be moving toward the light of Christ and therefore reflecting more of the light of Christ.

As unbelievers they are always moving farther away from the light and the darkness grows darker and more hopeless.

Can you see this in your Family?

Can you see this in our community?

Can you see this in our Nation?

Key phrase: The palace is forsaken

The King is no longer on the throne

When Jesus is not on the throne of our hearts

This is the natural digression of life

Think about the abandoned homes that you pass in the country

Or right in the middle of the city or bustling commercial area

Geno’s East Pizza

When the lights turn out everything begins to deteriorate

Oh but we are talking about His Fruit this morning the fruit of His Holy Spirit and the work that it does in barren places.

Isaiah 32:15

 Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

His Fruit brings transformation to the deterioration of darkness

The wilderness becomes a fruitful field

The fruitful field becomes a forest

How does His Fruit do this?

  1. It is Him instead of Us

Galatians 5:19-20

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are (this is what happens to us if we are left to ourselves) : adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

This is what happens when God’s Spirit comes in:

Galatians 5:22-6:10

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

2. What started out good was replaced with Polarity

Genesis 1:11-12

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

They were given an entire garden full of good trees

But there was one that had good and evil

Genesis 3:2-3

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

3. His Fruit is inside of you

2 Kings 19:29-30

‘This shall be a sign to you: ‘You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. And the remnant who have escaped of the house of Judah Shall again take root downward, And bear fruit upward.

Take root downward and bear fruit upward

The Promises of His Fruit

Psalm 1:3

He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Malachi 3:11

“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts;

The Promise from our text:

Isaiah 32:15

 Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

God’s Promises are always bigger than us

God’s Promises are always personal to us

Next week we move into our new series with that in mind

The Joy of the Promise!

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