As Christians, we are called to bear witness to the world and spread the good news of Jesus Christ. To do so, we need the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit equips us with spiritual gifts and fruits, which are essential for effective ministry and personal growth. In this blog post, we will explore why the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are important in our lives today.
The Importance of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in several places in the Bible, such as 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 and Galatians 5:22-23. These spiritual blessings are given to us by God to help us live a life that glorifies Him and to serve others.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are special abilities that are given to believers for the common good. These gifts include wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues. When we use these gifts, we can edify and build up the church, and also reach out to those who don’t know Christ.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, are characteristics that should be evident in our lives as we grow in our faith. These fruits include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities are important not only for our personal growth but also for our relationships with others. When we exhibit these fruits, we reflect the nature of God and become a testimony to the world.
In today’s society, we face many challenges that require the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us minister effectively to others and to bring healing to those who are hurting. We need the fruits of the Holy Spirit to help us navigate through difficult circumstances and to show the love of Christ to those who are in need.
As we embrace the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, we will see transformation in our lives and the lives of those around us. We will experience the power of God working through us and will be able to make a difference in the world.
Significance of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
It is impossible to overstate the significance of the Holy Spirit’s gifts and fruits in our time. If believers are to see the working and manifestation of God in this age, they must be filled with the Holy Spirit. God still desires to reveal His power to the world, but for the Lord to work through us as believers, we must first cultivate these gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
The significance of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit lies in their ability to equip believers with the necessary tools to spread the gospel and edify the church, as well as to live a life that is pleasing to God and reflective of His character. As we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, we become vessels that God can use to bring about His purposes on earth. Through the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, believers can be empowered to love others, share the gospel, and bring glory in all that they do.
If you are to manifest these gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, you must hate anything that does not give glory to God. Sin shall not have dominion over you (Romans 6:14-23). In 1 Peter 1:15-17, we read “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” In addition to living a holy life, we must have reverence for God. The Bible teaches that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10.
The least that God expects of us, His children, to be endued with power from on high is to be holy. Not that we will be holy of our power but rather by keying into the finished work of Christ. When we avail ourselves to be used by God, the Spirit of God inside of us will move on our behalf so that we can express the holiness of God.
It is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that stirs up in us the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, which we call the “fruits of the Holy Spirit.” These are desirable traits that set us apart from unbelievers. And until we allow the Holy Spirit to find expression in us, God will not act on our behalf. You need to stir up the gift of God that is already inside of you if you want to harness the power of God. God can use anybody, but you just have to make yourself available.
This was the same instruction that the Apostle Paul gave to Timothy when he said “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” here, Paul reckoned that Timothy received the infilling of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of his hand. However, it doesn’t end there. Although God used the Apostle Pual to baptize Timothy with the Holy Ghost, still Timothy has work to do on his part to be consistently relevant in God’s hand.
In like manner, if you want God to find expression through you so that you can do signs and wonders, you must stand your ground as a watchman in His presence. You will separate yourself and seek Him wholeheartedly. What do I mean? In Ezekiel 33:7 we read “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.” A watchman for God consistently seeks the Lord and will soon build a relationship with Him whereby God uses the person as an instrument of honor. He will tell you things that are unheard of to announce to the world because you have made yourself available to be used by Him.
How to Invite the Gifts into Your Life
- Pray for the Gifts: “Call to Me and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3). The Spirit of God is the spirit of wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5). “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” (John 14:13). “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him” (Matthew 7:11). Ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit and it shall be given to you (Matthew 7:7).
- Read Scripture: Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)
- Open Your Heart to the Holy Spirit: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
- Listen to the Promptings of the Holy Spirit: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. (John 10:27-29)
By following these four steps, you are inviting God to continually fill you with the Holy Spirit. You will be filled through desire and ongoing fellowship with the Lord. Unlike Jesus, to whom God did not give the Spirit by measure (John 3:34), we are filled in measure (Ezekiel 47:3-6). We must therefore continually desire the filling of the Holy Spirit as we progress from one level of glory to another in our relationship with God.
Ultimately, the infilling of the Holy Spirit goes beyond the initial baptism we experienced. It is an ongoing process that we must learn to yield to in order to experience the fullness of His power and presence in our lives. This requires a daily commitment to prayer, reading the Bible, and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. God deposited his life inside of you on the day you gave your life to him, and he now expects you to nurture the gift that is deposited in you. God will impart to you the gifts of the Holy Spirit as long as you stay obedient to Him.
Summary of the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
The gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit are not just for the early church but are still relevant and essential for us today. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, we will be empowered to live a life that honors God and serves others. Let us embrace these spiritual blessings and unleash the power within us to make an impact in the world.
You need to be born again if God were to ever fill you with the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. Salvation is your only way to receive the blessings of the Holy Spirit and to be reconciled with God. It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we can be saved and receive the fullness of His Spirit.