Got Fruit? Susan O’Reilly, Nov 13, 2011

Galatians 5:22-26 (Msg & Amp)
– the Holy Spirit is here to cause things to happen in our lives that bring us more in tune to God’s purposes on earth
– the change in our character and way of life produces the fruit of the Holy Sprit
– abundant spiritual fruit also breeds hope and is well worth celebrating
– everyone wins with good fruit (Matt 7:17-20)

Saul – 1st king of Israel
– insecure – he was hiding out when Samuel announced that he was being anointed king (1 Sam 10:22)
  – insecurity makes everything small
  – insecure people are threatened by secure people
  – insecurity also breeds immaturity
  – insecurity brings control, security brings freedom
– disobedient (1 Sam. 13:8-13)
  – disobedience will keep us from our destiny
– offended (1 Sam. 19:9-10)
  – when we walk in offense agains someone, it’s as if we put on glasses and can only see them through our offense

David – 2nd king of Israel
– secure – his security was not in what he had or what he could do
  – David’s security is identified in the Psalms. The Lord is my rock, my refuge, my deliverer, my fortress. He talks about exalting the Lord continually.
  – fighting Goliath – he knew the battle belonged to the Lord (1 Sam. 17:17, 33-34)
  – security is confident, it brings freedom and maturity
– obedient – David acknowledges Saul as king and he will not touch him (1 Sam. 24:1-11)
– forgiveness – David walks in mercy toward Saul (Ps. 86:5)

– Our fruit is for others. It brings nourishment, blessing to those in our world. It feeds others. (John 15:1-3)