1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17 These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
The hardest fruit for me to bear is love. I feel like it's hard for me to bear love bc I don't let people get close to me. I know that it sounds silly, but I stay of defense around people. I don't let people love on me bc I don't know how to love them back. I just always end up hurting people.
The fruit that is difficult for me to bear is patience. Lord knows I need patience! When Pastor was bringing that word yesterday it was piercing my heart! That was truly a rhema word! The Lord is still cutting and pruning this tree so that in His appointed time, I would bear all good fruit! I pray that in due time, all Your chosen children would all bear an overflow of fruit on our trees Father! I pray that Your word would continue to pierce our hearts Lord so that we may change and bear more fruit, and show others how to bear fruit through our actions and the words of our testimonies!
But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)
Romans 8:25 NLT
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
Psalms 40:1 NLT
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
James 1:3 KJV
The most difficult fruit from Galatians 5 for me is LONGSUFFERING (a.k.a Patience). I am learning how to trust in the LORD in a deeper way and to wait on him without being so quick to move, decide or judge; this is difficult for someone like me with a Type A personality. Yet the LORD is good and his mercy endureth forever.
The fruit of the spirit that I struggle with is Patience. I always thought I was a very patient person but indeed I was wrong. It wasn’t until after my vision lost I realized that I am really not as patient as I thought. Before vision lost I did what I needed to do & when I needed to do it myself. Therefore, I really wasn’t tested with my patience because I did what I had to do. I like things done right away. BUT geesh life after vision lost has really tested my patience. Now I have to WAIT for others to do what I ask. And sometimes, well a lot of the times it isn’t done right when I ask *Sighs*, I have to wait. I think my biggest thing is the waiting process and knowing that others can’t always move when I say so. Honestly, my goal this year is to do better with my lack of patience. I have learned that lack of patience can cause me to miss out on blessings God has for me. And I do not want to miss out on my blessings because of my own foolishness. One of my daily prayers is to be strengthen in the area of patience. I believe I will overcome this in Jesus Name! 🙌🏾🙌🏾
Self-control... is one of the fruit that is difficult to bear for me... because I like to eat what taste good. But thank God for the teachings and having my mind renewed in this area ... it's not about it tasting good but being good for my spirit as well as my body.. not giving the devil a foot hold to take me out before time or even letting my own self be foolish when truth is given to set me free. Please keep me in prayer!!
The fruit that is hard for me to bear is self control as I was reading the Lord told me because I'm selfish and want to have my way. I'm so use to having my way and I don't know how to submit to anybody but myself letting myself have whatever it wants whenever it wants. Don't have patience for anybody. won't to have things right now and don't want to wait for it. Letting flesh have what it want to have. I was trying to do all things by myself what Jesus say in John 15:4 No Branch can bear fruit by itself. Now that I have given my life to to Christ I have to let him lead Me and obey what he's telling me and it's a fight because my flesh don't want to submit to Christ. I have to let Jesus have his way Within Me as he saying John 15:5 if you remain in me and I'm in you you will bear much fruit.. I have to gain self control and submit to Christ so I can bear fruit through him
Ch 15 revelation: v16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
He's ordained us to bring forth fruit & that our fruit would remain. If we abide in him we shall bring forth much fruit, without God we can do nothing & the things we do are on our own strength so the outcome will not be as blessed as God's blessings.
The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Longsuffering is the characteristic I most pray about. With prayer & supplication this has gotten better, however in the past I've struggled with it because in the past it was hard for me to extend patience & mercy with others. I felt like I didn't try to understand another's situation or I wasn't compassionate enough to even wonder if they were going through something. Just thinking back I had a selfish demeanor when dealing with others when I didn't extend mercy to others as my father in heaven extends to me daily. All glory to God for changing my heart & making me a new creature.
Self control is the one most difficult for me to bear, and it all boils down to me not totally surrendering to God, letting the Holy Spirit totally take over and letting God’s will be done, instead a part of me still wants my will to be done, succumbing to the flesh!!!!!!😔 Lord, fill me with your Spirit, I pray for wisdom and boldness to do your will!!!!!!! Thank you for your grace Heavenly Father, I know you will complete the good work you have started in me!!!!!! 🙌🏾😊🙏🏾
Vs2: I like how Jesus says here that when we don’t carry our cross and follow the Comforter, we won’t bear the sweet fruit mentioned in Gal 22-23. Not that we lose salvation, but we’re not living life more abundantly.
The part of the fruit that is slowest to mature in me is Temperance. Not that I have all the the others perfected, but with this one, I fall short more often than the others.
Vs10-16: Here we see what our life should look like when we’re plugged in to our Lord 🙌🏾.
Having a study Bible helps 🤗🙌🏾!
John 15:17 This is my command: Love each other~ Resentment is when you let your hurt become hate. Resentment is when you allow what is eating you to eat you up. Resentment is when you poke, stoke, feed, and fan the fire, stirring the flames and reliving the pain...Revenge is the raging fire... Bitterness is the trap that snares...And mercy is the choice that can set them all free.Thank You Lord for giving me freedom.
Out of the 5 fruits the most difficult one for me to bear is Joy, I'm not always joyful the reason is I still let some difficult situations my family and I go through to put me down for a moment. My first reaction sometimes is not the best reaction. T.G.
My most difficult struggle is with SELF CONTROL.
It is difficult because ..
my flesh can be extreme and I know that is why 1 Cor.15:31 tells us like Paul (the apostle of apostles ) we have to die daily to (self).
I have to wake up each morning desiring to seek God’s ways even when I don’t feel like it, or im running late and in a hurry whatever it is, I have to acknowledge God daily and ask God to speak a word to me that I may develop and walk in the fruit of the spirit .
I ask for guidance with decisions that will agree with the word, and not with my flesh, meaning what I think , what I speak , what I do , I had a mouth in the world and I still have one now with residue just as Pastor so humbly spoke about our sins on Sunday , I accept my short comings I’m aware and I bring that to God to change me I ask him to put a watch on my mouth , because only by his spirit can something be done within me, and I love watching God move in me.
Only he can do it, not the world. His spirit in me and it separates me from the world ., therefore
the war is constantly going on Romans 7:23 and when I decide NOT to walk in the spirit I have no covering for (self control).
Which means I want to drive the bus of what I think what I say and what I do and I get in trouble and have to repent because that flesh is quick sometimes I don’t see it until it happened!!!😳😳😳
If I am not armored in the word I can easily fall into self and that behavior does not only affect me but it affects others as well.
I need God in the area of self control but ALL the areas of the fruit as well and I press .🏃🏿♀️🏃🏿♀️🏃🏿♀️
Self control is the portal to experience all the fruit -love, joy peace , long suffering , kindness ,goodness and faithfulness ,I need to do everything better daily.
Lord thank you for conviction when I’m not walking in the spirit.👆🏾
One of my greatest struggles as a woman of God has been PATIENCE. Over these past 20 yrs of walking with the Lord, I have often struggled to endure hardships, trials, tribulations, and afflictions WITH PATIENCE.
I used to complain, cry, be ungrateful, anxious, contentious, and just hard to live with when things would not go my way.
*I have seen Yahweh lovingly chastise me and delay blessings and breakthroughs because of my impatience😩.
In 2018, my greatest desire is to have JOY, PEACE, EXCITEMENT, & EXPECTATION as I wait PATIENTLY for The Most High to answer my prayers and deliver me from my current adversities. In the waiting process my prayer has changed from 'Lord, Change my situation' to LORD, CHANGE ME🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
The fruit of the Spirit that is most difficult to bear is Patience. It is hard because when u want something so badly and the desire is soooo strong in your spirit it is hard to let it go, it is hard to patiently wait especially when that thing u desire seems to be happening for everyone around u, everywhere u go it's there. It's hard because that thing i desire most i absolutely have no control over whether it will happen or not. I Praise Him for the word on yesterday because it was like He was speaking directly to me. Every time i am ready to give up and say God take this desire from my spirit, He gives me a word telling me hold on just a lil while longer, I got you, hold on hold on, Daddy help me to hold on.
I’m in love with good analogies. And Jesus does it best, especially when He explains the vine and the branches and what must be done in order to bear fruit.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Then I thought how much greater is the true vine. Normal vines give the ability to bear only the one kind of fruit. But, being a branch of the true vine, we are able to bear more than one kind.... “every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”
With that being said, the fruit I often have trouble bearing is gentleness. I’m often told it is not what I say but how I say it. I’m presently in counseling with the Spirit working on being slow to speak and thinking and praying before I talk especially in tenser situations. I have learned being rude is not being real.
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