When we take the fruit of the spirit, we move them out of the ethereal and into the natural. We lay claim to them and understand that we have a right to have them in our lives as children of the Most High God. They are part of our covenant rights through Jesus. How do we do this? How do we take the fruit of the spirit and enjoy the effects of developing and living with that fruit on a daily basis? Yesterday and the day before we looked at the first three ways, today we look at one more way you can take the fruit of the spirit.
3. Realize It’s All About Jesus
Taking the fruit of the spirit should be the desire of every Christian because every Christian should desire more of Jesus in their lives. As the book of Acts makes so clear: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring” (Acts 17:28, KJV).
As we mentioned earlier, we can force ourselves to live in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, but chances are, we won’t be able to maintain them. We can force ourselves to be patient, for example, but will that result in joy or frustration? Most likely, the result will be frustration—and quite possibly high blood pressure and tension headaches.
That’s why it’s so important to allow Jesus to work in us. His presence in our lives becomes all-encompassing. His will, His thoughts, His manners become ours. It’s not about us; it’s about Him. It’s about His work in us. When we need the fruit of the spirit, it is there because Jesus is there.
Then when people say, “You’re so patient (or kind or loving or faithful or fill in the blank). How do you do it?” you can honestly respond, “It’s not me. It’s all Jesus.”
Source: Kenneth Copeland Ministries