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Katie Barker: "Growing the Fruit of the Spirit In Your Life"

Katie Barker
May 21, 2018


May 21, 2018

"Growing the Fruit of the Spirit In Your Life"
Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzLet me ask you an honest question: Are you showing all the fruits of the Spirit in your life?

We should all want to become more like Jesus...continually growing to be much more Christlike in our lives.

This is an excellent read in doing just that as we grow, cultivate and mature in the fruit of the Spirit.

Katie Barker from Australia shares this excellent word about growing in them:

Like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit also needs time to ripen in our lives. As we give the Spirit more control over our lives, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do, which is to transform us to be more like Jesus as we move from glory to glory.

Yes, there is great outcome as we are transformed in His image and moving from glory to glory! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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"Growing the Fruit of the Spirit In Your Life"
Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia


The Lord is saying this to you today:

"Don't underestimate what I am doing in maturing you through developing the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Many desire the gifts of the Spirit, but they neglect to also see the importance of growing in the fruit of the Spirit. Those who display abundant fruit of the Spirit, display Me to the world, and others are impacted by their character and the testimony of their life. Those who display the fruit of the Spirit and operate in the gifts of the Spirit, impact others with My love and power.

"Many have gone through a time of preparation in past seasons to prepare them to carry what I am entrusting to them in this season. They have grown in the fruit they display and have faithfully stewarded the gifts they have been given. Now they are able to carry the increase—the new assignments and increase in anointing I am releasing to them."

Galatians 5:22-23 (NSAB), "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..."

Galatians 5:22-23 (the Passion translation), "But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its various expressions. This love is revealed through: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit."

Gardens for Growing the Fruit of the Spirit
in Our Lives

The Lord then showed me a garden before each child of God; all had nine rows of seeds that had been planted containing a different seed in each row. I also saw the Lord as a gardener walking through the gardens, nurturing all the rows of seeds that had been planted. I knew each row represented a different fruit of the Spirit and together made a garden, representing what we display to others.

I then saw that each person's garden was different as some gardens had rows of fruit trees with only small growth from the seeds that had been planted, while other gardens had grown huge trees with abundant fruit. I knew the Lord was showing me that some people have grown a small amount in the fruit of the Spirit, while others have matured and display an abundance of the fruit of the Spirit.

Also, I noticed some people had different growth across the different rows of fruit within the garden; some of the rows had small saplings, while other rows had large, mature fruit trees. I knew the Lord was showing me that often people have grown more in some fruits of the Spirit than in others, and that there are certain fruits the Lord is wanting us to grow and develop at this time.

I could really smell the aroma from the gardens that had mature trees with abundant fruit—it was very sweet, fragrant and beautiful. The people of God who display abundant fruit of the Spirit in their lives release the aroma of Jesus to others which impacts those they come in contact with.

Gifts of the Spirit Are Tools to Articulate God's Love

To most effectively impact others and transform the sphere around us, we need to display the fruit of the Spirit and operate in the gifts of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit sets forth the manner in which we utilize the gifts of the Spirit in that we are to minister the gifts in love. Paul expressed that the Church should have a desire for spiritual gifts, but it should foremost follow the pursuit of love. "Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts..." (1 Cor. 14:1). Since the gifts of the Spirit are gifts of grace, they must be used in love with a pure motive of love ( see 1 Corinthians 13:1-3). The gifts of the Spirit are tools with which we can articulate the love of God to others.

The Fruit of the Spirit is a Physical Manifestation of a Transformed Life

Like physical fruit needs time to grow, the fruit of the Spirit also needs time to ripen in our lives. As we give the Spirit more control over our lives, He begins to do in and through us what only He can do, which is to transform us to be more like Jesus as we move from glory to glory.

The Word of God tells us that we can't develop godly character without the work of the Holy Spirit in our life. The presence of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives is evidence that our character is becoming more Christ like. The fruit of the Spirit is a physical manifestation of a transformed life. Developing the fruit of the Spirit comes from a relationship with the Lord and yielding to Him. According to Matthew 7:20, people can be recognized by their fruit. If we display the qualities of Galatians 5:22, others will impacted by God's work in us.

The Lord is reminding us of the importance of yielding to Him and developing an intimate relationship with Him, so we can continue to be transformed to be more like Him. He wants us to display abundant fruit of the Spirit, so we display His character. We should recognize the need for the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit to be working together. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

Katie Barker
Bring the Fire Ministries 

Email: contact@katiebarker.com.au
Website: www.katiebarker.com.au www.bringthefireministries.com

Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage Believers into a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see Believers understand their Kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the Kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the Body of Christ united and awakened.

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