Those who belong to Christ has crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. As we live and walk in the spirit, this commandment directs us to live and worship God in spirit and in truth. We need the right tools in order to live in the spirit and to manifest the fruits of the spirit. The world of the enemy has gone face to face with the children of God and has at times stolen the hearts of God’s people. God sent prophet Elijah to demonstrate who had the real power and preeminence and who was the pretence. There are men and women in church whose hearts have been hijacked by the cares of life. When Elijah challenged the children of God, they were quiet because they had not seen the power of God. Once God demonstrated his power, the people realised that what they were relying on was fake (1 Kings 18).
Once God demonstrated his power, the people had no choice but to declare that the Lord is the Lord. We are in a time of the manifestation of signs, wonders and miracles and God will separate a remnant for himself. We have to bear fruits in order for God to work through us. Moses saw God through fire as the fire burnt, but the tree was not consumed. Every tree needs good roots in order to bear fruits and these fruits are produced from what is on the inside of us. If we are going to operate in power, the fruits of the spirit need to be inside of us in order to come out and to help others. ““I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1). Since Jesus is the true vine, it means that there are also fake vines. God is the vinedresser and takes care of everything concerning the vine.
God will take away branches that don’t bear fruit and he will prune the branches that bear fruit, so that they produce even more. If someone picks an apple from a tree and enjoys the fruit, the tree is happy because it is serving a purpose. Fruits are also processed in order to make juice for drinking to refresh the body. Children of God are supposed to be a refreshing source after we have been processed. There are different types of fruits and love undergirds each spiritual fruit which must be expressed. Many African countries have many natural resources and don’t create wealth, because these resources are sold in its rawest form. When the natural resources are processed, they are more costly in the end. Fruits that have not been processed have less value.
The enemy within is more powerful than the enemy without and there is nothing more powerful than being your own worst enemy. You can be rich in fruits and the devil knows that the day you add value, you cannot be bought cheaply as you have increased value. The devil is like a coloniser who has sworn that you will never develop. With God everything takes time and people who are in too much of a hurry, will never achieve their full potential. You have the fruits so grow them, process them and become a person or value. The fruits are always in the tree and will come out at some point. As a child of God, you produce good fruits and there are systems that we must follow.
Jesus spoke in Matthew 7 about entering by the narrow gate that leads to life. He warned against false prophets who come in sheep’s clothing, but inside are wolves. “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles” (Matthew 7:16)? Healthy trees bear healthy fruits while diseased trees bear bad fruits. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruits, neither can a bad tree bear good fruits. The fire of God is coming and it will test everyone and determine want sort of fruits we are. “He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:8).