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Fruits and Gifts [Part 1]

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Fruits and Gifts [Part 1]

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Pastoral author and Bible teacher I will write if you have only the fruit of the spirit and your loving and you have peace but you have no gifts is wonderful your peaceful person can help very many people.

Because the needs of people are greater than our capacity to help Alan like welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light. I'm excited for you to hear the teaching today. In this series word and spirit.

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I'm not holy enough. I'm not righteous enough, or we are taught against these things. But what I want to show you today is that there is a massive glorious spiritual inheritance. Every single Christian gifts of the spirit and fruit of the spirit, not just gifts, not just fruit, but the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit for every single believer were talking about balance and in the idea of balance. What we mean is not like staying in this safe little middle zone where we have just a little bit of this for a little bit of that but balance in the sense of the Scripture says Jesus came full of grace and truth. It didn't mean that he was 50% grace and 50% truth sometimes a little bit of grace and some of the truth not like us like Noah's parents. We know this, especially much lighter.

Some days is like I've got lots of grace. That's all right this 1/4 time you spilled the milk okay we love you.

The days you got lots of truth. Let me tell you right now what do you know and Jesus was full of graceful trees. You can't have too much grace can have too much truth. No such thing is that but if you had all grace and no truth to be loving but you'd be in deception if you had all truth, but no grace. Then you'd have it right but you be a Pharisee and partly by wannabe round-trip while in the same way I want to talk today about the gifts of the Holy Spirit where the Holy Spirit comes upon you, equipping you for service and ministry and upbuilding of the body of Christ in supernatural ways but also the Holy Spirit is at work in your life to transform the character of your life… And having too many gifts of the spirit is alive person just to anointed the person just to give that there's no such thing that and that you can have too much of the character of Christ either can have too much love, Joy, peace, patient, kind, but both are necessary because if we have just the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit, then we may have powerful things to get done in the name of Jesus, but without any Christian character than we normally have brought a terrible witness upon the kingdom of God.

But we probably hurt people along the way and if you have only the fruit of the spirit and your loving and you have peace but you have no gifts that equip you, then it's wonderful your peaceful person, but you can't help very many people. Because the needs of people are greater than our capacity to help them when one thing I found out ministry over the last three decades the needs of people are far greater than any human capacity to help them and just having a good character might make them have some assurance that you are loved and that's a wonderful thing, but what people need for their healing and transformation is something that is supernatural and so we want to be supernaturally equipped and we also want to have the character of Christ, so I haven't an ambitious goal this morning to give you a brief overview of the gifts of the Spirit and of the fruit of the spirit talk about some of the distinctives of the gifts of the spirit and what we can learn from that and how it is that you can so into the spirit rather than the flesh can we get all that done in 25 minutes and is a baptisms yes we can do it all right. First Corinthians chapter 12. I would read some and 12 and then sum of 13 and in one verse of 14 because this is one of the most important places were spiritual gifts are discussed in the Scripture starting at first in this chapter 12 verse one Paul writes now concerning spiritual gifts and brothers. I don't want I don't do not want you to be uninformed.

I don't want to be ignorant on other translations. I want you to not know about it so there's something about not knowing about the spiritual gifts that can keep you from being able to fully embrace the gifts that God has for you so you learn about the spiritual gifts that may be there gifts that God already given you. Aware of it and so you're not using it, but it could be that there gifts that God really wants me to have. And he's ready for you to earnestly desire that maybe today's good and part of the beginning of a gift or going to fan the flame again want to be ignorant about this verse for their varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit in the writings of service, but the same Lord in the varieties of activities with the same God who empowers them all and everyone to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good for one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom.

Another utterance of knowledge according the same spirit to another faith by the same spirit to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, and other various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same spirit who apportions to each one individually as he wills for just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ for a one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, and all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member, but many if the foot should say because I am not a hand, I do not belong to part of the body that would not any less. Make it a part of the body jump over first raises chapter 13 verse one if I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I'm a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love nothing to give away all I have it. If I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. And then in the next chapter chapter 14 first Corinthians verse one pursue love for the spirit and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy now if you would just turn to Galatians, just a couple more chapters to a couple of just one book to the right Galatians and Legion verse 16. Galatians 5 verse 16. Galatians 5 verse 16 but I say this is Paul again writing I say more about what by the spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh is an amazing promise.

I woke walk by the Spirit in you not gratify the desires of the flesh for the desires of flesh against the spirit and the desires of the Spirit against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other keep you from doing the things you want to do, but if you are led by the spirit not under the law.

The works of the flesh are evident, sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions in the drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (much talked about versus this means that a Christian who then becomes alcoholic loses his salvation because it would absolutely violate everything else that we know about when you're adopted as a child.

Your adopted and God, your father, I think what this means is that if a person is continually manifesting only these works of the flesh, then you have to question with that person ever really has known Christ or could be saying some interpreters would say what Paul could be saying is that if you're sowing into the flesh, and all these things to be picking the gods already in hand. This really be missing it all my being, both those things. Verse 22. They were, for the spirit.

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law, and those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit will have more teaching in a moment from today's important series Pollard spirit. You drive all spirit nowhere it lacked both word and spirit umbrella.

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Today's teaching now continues you once again is another important place that you could see some additional spiritual gifts that are listed is in Romans chapter 12 think that that's the complete list of all of the gifts of the spirit, but got to get this in many many different ways, but in Romans 12 first 2012 two important places where the supernatural gifts of the spirit or listed there so many different kinds of gifts and everybody gets a different sort of definite real chuckle this week.

I was reading joke about time during the French Revolution, and there were three Christians who'd been sentenced to be executed by the old French style of the guillotine and so the first guy gets up and he said I'm a Christian I'm not afraid to die and he said and I have the gift of faith is that I just believe that I'm not going to die today and so they put in Grandpa's nightgown and pulled the rope and the blade just wouldn't come down is like a stock and thereby say way must be that this is a sign from God to let him go next our Christian got upset. I want to know I'm a Christian I'm not afraid to die so that I have a gift of prophecy and the Lord has shown me that I'm going to be spared this today and they pull the rope blade didn't come down.

They were in all and so they set them free third man got a face on Sonoma Christian I'm not afraid to die and I have the gift of serving what was sometimes called the gift of helps. And so the put them down into vice and he looked up he was looking at some of the gears and in the ropes and saw something. He said I when I got something and see what the problem is here is the lobby archive and avoid a visit every single gift is important in the body of Christ. There is no reading of the Scripture with the exception of this one instance where Paul says that it really would want to be or prophesy doesn't really highlight one gift like tongs or something and say oh it's more important than teaching or serving or giving give you real quick overview of the sentiment goes lightning fast through a listing of these and just say that if you want to learn more about this if you're in one of those sermon based community groups here are older we study in this this week and there is a handout that I prepare that has an overview of these gifts on it. If you're not one of those groups you can pick one of these up at the welcome center and it has a one paragraph a brief description of what these gifts are because Paul said in a want to be ignorant about the about the spiritual gifts and so just give it real real quickly starting with some of the ones are listed in Romans 12 that we didn't look at and then add the ones that we read from further strengthens chapter 12 prophecy when people mistake this and think that this is like fortune-telling like it's like telling the future or that is telling people what to do and that's exactly what prophecy is not the New Testament perspective of prophecy is it where you by the promptings of the Holy Spirit get a Scripture or an image or word or something that is consistent with the Scripture that is meant for the encouragement, edification, or the comfort of someone else, and what makes it distinct is that the Lord has a way of identifying either with the need emotion, thought, or some other capacity of letting the person receiving that word no is truly God is speaking. Sometimes it would be because nobody but God could have known that were said that sometimes is just something you've heard before, but it's so blessed of the Lord in that moment that you know it's God's word to you and that's really what prophecy isn't so powerful for the help, encouragement, the healing transformation of persons the gift of ministering or helps or service, as it's called in the ESV as the spirit given ability to serve in a great supporting role with joy and with diligence and regional Christian is called to serve the people have this gift love it and you can serve and you never go why my having to do this and you love seeing people released in their ministry you love coming alongside somebody. It's a beautiful gift. There's absolutely no way that the church of Jesus Christ goes forward without lots of people have that gift and use it gift of teaching, not just a untalented teacher but a supernatural unction to be effectively relay the word of God, exhorting is really to say encouraging it come from the same word that Jesus uses to describe the Holy Spirit the power of Plato's disorder is one who comes alongside is like a coach that may challenge sometimes, but it's never in a sense of you all to its essence, if you can. That's what it communicates.

A semi-a few get around. Someone has a gift of encouragement you gives you courage to do what God has called you to do the gift of giving every Christian is called to give an every Christian is called to generosity in every Christian is called to make giving be the first priority of their financial stewardship of their life is no question about that.

Every single Christian. We are called by God. If you live according to the design of God have the blessings of God flowing in and through you that you prioritize your life so that you can be a giver. Everything will Christian, but I tell you, there's some people. They have just got the gift of generosity because they absolutely love love love to give. We give everything away if they could would just love to be able to do that and we need people like that in the body of Christ listen. Some of you, God has made you affluent and put you in a position where you're able to do a lot and I just celebrate that, and we thank you for it. And if God prospers you, and you can give a lot. You are making one of the most gigantic impacts in the body of Christ.

It is astounding thing is not celebrated enough because we we always try to be able bit private about people's giving habits, but it just wonderful, wonderful gift that summer. You have this gift fan it into flame.

Don't ever be afraid of that gift.

Boy I today I wish all you could've met King Brown came way to get to heaven and get to meet King Brown connecting first time I ever met King. He looked down at first time I remember a 34-year-old young preacher coming to this church.

He looked amazed at what size shoe do you wear us. It was a nine.

He said the he said you know I found a gray. Goodwill last week and who is that he's adjacent I know I should bother choosing where civil goodwill is going to hear about her brother Pastor.

He said here spent $60 for a pair shoes at the store you get a pretty good good. I hear for two dollars at the Goodwill in at least $58 gift to the missionaries is the way he lived his life. He he was.

He was a mail carrier and he mowed lawns and was one of the biggest givers we had in the church in the history of the church is a gift to generosity gift of leading governing a ruling it can be called. Some people just have an anointing.

It's a servant attitude but they've an anointing to be able to lead others and people won't fall in the body of Christ the gift of mercy when you have the gift of mercy. You are given a supernatural capacity to feel what other people are feeling and sometimes if you if you don't, maybe you have the skiff and you do you wonder why is it I get around people and sometimes something to just move me only know this person something to be moved to tears. You might you awaken in the middle of the night with compassion for somebody you might just you might just have the hurt that you feel when you're around somebody newly know why you the gift of mercy what God does with that as he put you in touch with what their feeling so that you can intercede for them and care for them.

It doesn't mean that you need to own their problem, but it does mean that God is supernaturally using your does all this in Romans 12 here some in first Corinthians chapter 12 word of wisdom.

This is not intelligent or common sense or account wisdom like that.

This is more like what Solomon had went in a unique situation. What you meant that story were these two women, both claim the same baby was there and saw him as I how can we really get to the bottom of this is to what was discussed. The baby in half and a course, the true mother said no no no of course not, because the true mother would have such love for the for the baby never wanted what was a word of wisdom asked for that situation were sometimes God will give you in a given situation with an individual or group of people I word an utterance comes from him. It's not something you thought up because you are smart enough, it just this is what should be spoken. This is what should be shared right now for the handling of this situation so that there would be peace and understanding and encouragement and we can move forward. This is a beautiful beautiful gift that some of you may have. You never know you had the utterance of knowledge. A word of knowledge. We generally share these most every week at the end of the service we asked our ministry team to be praying Lord, is there something on your heart today that you would like to do to the invitation of the Scripture. And this is just God's plan is not that we wake up in the morning, we say, God, do some wonderful things today would you please bless it. Instead, what a life with God in the spirit is as you wake up in the morning is a God driven to do some wonderful things today. I like to cooperate with it. What are you going to do you follow the cloud. You follow the Holy Spirit you keep up in step with the spirit and I don't understand the ways of God. Why would why would God sometimes just lift up a particular need sometimes is because it just flows right out of a sermon is being preached or song or something I got was to confirm that sometimes it is something the Lord is just so gracious. He just wants to build your faith is talking one of the premises this morning so I'm just praying about this he said, but I just kept it in the image of an elbow this morning and said I just wonder if there's something wrong with somebody elbow. The Lord wants to heal today we would mention that you might be. That is for you is a supernatural thing. So that's what a word of knowledge is faith the gift of faith are lobbying our people got a gift of faith people have the gift of faith is what I call crazy faith. I mean these people. They believe that mountain. So what it's amount it can move into the heart of the city. So what I could sing like a big obstacle you can is no big deal. Are you talking about God's mighty God, he's able to do the incredible exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all that we all that we imagine these two boys are going over to start a professional Christian basketball team in Taiwan. Starting from scratch because they've got faith that they're going to be able to reach thousands of of of of kids with the gospel and adults with the gospel and and I believe that with them was a gift of faith is working within a bright and soon you will get people to give a failure all manner of you out here but if the faith God moves through it. There's a gift of healing everybody can be used by God for healing, but some people this is a regular way that God's spirit manifests through you putting a bookmark here in this teaching fruit and gifts will have more in our next broadcast. It's in the series. The beauty of balance. Stick with this Alan Wright is back here in a moment with additional insight on this for your life in the final word being filled with the Holy Spirit shutting off your mind hearing for a wonderful surprise where God's spirit never meant to be separated spirit always belonged to keep your abundant life in Christ knowing your Bible. The secret of being filled with the spirit, there is the word spirit subjugation in studying scripture and some traditions emphasize the spirit to real Christian growth is both word and spirit as someone once called word spirit you dry all spirit. No word both word and spirit umbrella. You make a gift to support this man will send you Alan Wright's newest album on CD or digital download word and spirit clients embrace the fullness of God's word and his spirit realm like never before with wording spirit realm up helping someone else grow as well. Remember when you partner with Alan Wright Ministries to be broadcasting the love of God to every day we steal, as I think from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor at work, Alan.

I love the way you broken this down here between fruit and gifts because there is a balance and there is a difference between the two and you stated that we all have some of each. You absolutely when you are Christian you have the Holy Spirit and something the truth. Every single Christian will. The Holy Spirit is in our life, it's that he's the spirit of Jesus and so he's going to produce fruit of love and joy and peace. But every single Christian also has gifts. But here's the thing, or learning is that both the fruit in our lives and the gifts can be cultivated as we grow in the Lord and is not really so much about.

Oh, you have more of the Holy Spirit, but in the sense the Holy Spirit has more of you and so both our effectiveness and power for ministry and our character.

Both these are growing alongside of each other so gifts is about power and effectiveness for ministry and fruit is about the maturing of our character and both are essential in both our guarantee to the Christian who wants to grow. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries

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