POWER IN OPERATION
The power we have been considering is the Presence of The Holy
Spirit. He is omnipotent. Power in operation is the actions of the Spirit or the fruit of
the Spirit. This we shall now consider. Paul writes in Galatians 5:16 etc.
"This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are
contrary, the one to the other; so that ye can not do the things that ye would. But if ye
be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness against such there is not law.
And they that are Christs have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain
glory, provoking one another, envying one another."
Now there is a life of perfect peace, perfect joy, and perfect love, and that ought to be
the aim of every child of God; that ought to be their standard; and they should not rest
until having attained to that position. That is Gods standard, where He wants all
His children. These nine graces mentioned in this chapter in Galatians can be divided in
this way: Love and peace and joy are all to God. God looks for that fruit from each one of
His children, and that is the kind of fruit which is acceptable with Him. Without that we
can not please God. He wants, above everything else that we possess, love, peace and joy.
And then the next three - goodness, longsuffering and gentleness - are towards man. That
is our outward life to those that we are coming in contact with continually - daily,
hourly. The next three - faith, temperance, meekness - are in relation to ourselves; and
in that way we can just take the three divisions, and it will be of some help to us. The
first thing that meets us as we enter the kingdom of God, you might say are these first
three graces: love, joy, and peace.
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