Question and Answer Section

Q. Does a person have to be born again in order to cultivate the fruits of the spirit?

A. The fruits of the spirit are exactly that...fruits of the human spirit given by the Holy Spirit and cannot be obtained or cultivated in an unregenerated spirit. Seeing as the born again experience is synonymous with the regeneration of the human spirit, the fruits of the spirit cannot be cultivated or germinated in a person that is not born again.


Q. What did Paul mean when he said, "They that do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God?" Galatians 6:21.

A The connotation of this statement is that of practicing or living in these dimensions of the flesh. Romans 14:17 says, "The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you." This is where the principle of kingdom living comes into focus and according to James 1:15, "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." The practice of the works of the flesh will bring death (spiritual death) and thereby keeping one from inheriting kingdom living or the presence of the Holy Spirit in their life. A continual practice of the works of the flesh without any confession of sin will cut off spiritual life.


Q. How can I cultivate spiritual fruit in my life?

A Philemon 1:6 says to acknowledge the good things in you in Christ Jesus and it will activate your faith (faith that would pertain to any area that you are acknowledging). Begin to acknowledge the fruits of the spirit as being in you through Christ and they will begin to manifest because of your faith for them.


Q How do I eliminate the works of the flesh from my life?

A To be constantly conscious of your weakness and frailties, your sins and iniquities will merely give strength to them. In Christ, we have been given the right through imputed righteousness to say by faith with our lips and mentally assume a position of being right with God. To constantly confess weakness and think on weakness will merely water and fertilize the corruptible seeds sown in the soul (or natural man). Choke those seeds out and stop giving life to them by acknowledging who you are in Christ continuously and giving yourself wholly to these things! 1 Timothy 4:15, "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all," and 1Thessalonians 5:21-22, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil."


Q. How can I make sure that the seeds I am sowing into my spirit through meditating on God's word are truly growing?

A If the principles of sowing and reaping are being applied, then the laws of germination will take over. There is no act of the will aside from sowing the seed and watering the seed through meditation and prayer that we can do to cause a seed to grow. If a farmer were to go out and examine the seed sown everyday by digging it up and looking at it, it would completely inhibit the growth of that seed. Assume a stance that it is done by faith and you will soon see the manifestation and results of your faithful sowing of seed. Be patient and it will come to pass. Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Set no time limit on it, for different seeds have different growing periods.