9 Fruits of The Spirit Bible
Lesson 4: Faith, Gentleness, and Self-Control
And whosoever shall exalt
himself shall be abased;and he that shall humble himself shall be
exalted. ~ Proverbs 29:23
We are finally entering
fourth and final lesson on the 9 Fruits of
We began in Lesson
1 by discussing the true purposes of these spiritual fruits -
Why God gives them to us, and how He wants us to use them.
then moved on to Lesson 2, where we began hunting through the
scriptures in our Bible Scripture Study to discover what else God has
to say about
each of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit.
In this Bible lesson, we will continue our hunt through the scriptures
by looking at the final 3 of the 9 Fruits of the
Spirit: Faith, Gentleness, and Self-control.
Faith and Faithfulness
we study this particular Fruit of the Holy Spirit, we find
that it is translated differently in various translations.
translations show it as faith, while others describe it as
The Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary
explains that the term used when the scripture was written would have
meant "...moral conviction of religious truth, or the
God..." to the readers of the time.
I think this definition more closely lines
up with the way we would define the word faith, so that is what we will
What is faith?
(the confirmation, the title deed)
things [we] hope for,
being the proof of things [we] do not see
conviction of their reality
real fact what is not
revealed to the senses].
-Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)
Wow! I love using the Amplified for in-depth Bible scripture
studies because it really brings the true meaning out of the text.
I could sit here and talk to you for hours about this one
scripture, so I will have to restrain myself! (I
actually DON'T restrain myself in our in-depth Fruits of the Spirit Online Bible
Class - I devote 3 entire lessons to studying the nature of faith, it's
purpose and your role in receiving more of it!
is the "title deed," or, essentially, the proof of ownership for the
things that you are still hoping for. The things that, with
senses, you can't even see yet. In fact, you may be seeing
But, it is your faith that is the confirmation that
already possess it in the spiritual realm.
Faith is probably one
of the biggest challenges, because it is believing in something that
you can not see, long after you thought it would have
is why faith is not something you have to come up with on your own - It
is a One of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit.
I have heard a lot of Christians
say that they are not sure that they have enough faith for something.
Hey, I've even said it myself.
But, faith is not something
that you just have to scrounge up from inside of yourself. It
something that grows inside of you from spending time with God's Holy
Never think that you do not have enough faith. The Holy
Spirit is your source for as much as you need!
the way that the
Message Bible explains gentleness. It says that, through the
the Holy Spirit, we will no longer feel the need to "force our way in
life" (Galatians 5:22 Message)
Our society is very Me
centered. People feel that they have to Take Care of
or they will somehow miss out or be
taken advantage of.
when you realize that God is taking care of you, and that He can do a
much better job of it than you ever could, you loose the conviction
that you must force your own way. You let Him make your way,
begin making the way for others.
Another more traditional way of describing gentleness is being meek and
And whosoever shall exalt
himself shall be abased;
and he that shall humble himself
shall be exalted.
- Proverbs 29:23
you rather have God exalt you than you try to exalt yourself?
able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!"
How to be Humble and Meek is not easy in our society, that is
why God has given you the Holy Spirit to be your teacher.
And because of His glory and
He has given us great and
the promises that enable you to share His
and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
-2 Peter 1:4 (NLT)
we all have two natures. No matter how holy
we think we are, we are still human.
So, we have our sin nature, and,
because of Jesus' sacrifice, we have God's divine nature that we are
allowed to share in.
But, there is an issue.
natures don't get along! "For the sinful nature desires what
contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful
nature. They are in conflict with each other." And, if you were working
on your own, you would not be able to do the things of the
even if you really wanted to (Galatians 5:17 NLT).
But the Holy
Spirit has been sent to help you. God tells you to "live by the Spirit,
and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature."
live by the Spirit, you will be able to maintain self-control.
What would you look like if you were able to gain self-control through
walking in the Holy Spirit?
Would there be less of those moments when you weren't walking in love.
instances when you said something that wasn't kind, and then regretted
it. Or less times where you tried to exalt yourself instead of being
humble and counting on
God to exalt you.
Allowing God's Spirit to develop this spiritual fruit within you
gives you the help you need to walk in all 9 Fruits of the Spirit. No
wonder God put it last.
If you really feel God calling you to become a true reflection of Him
on the Earth through the power of His Holy Spirit, I want to encourage
you to look
into our interactive Online Bible Class on the 9 Fruits of the Spirit. It will
take you step by step through identifying the areas where you need
God's help the most, and show you exactly how to begin walking out each of the
Fruits in your daily life
of the Spirit Bible Scripture Study
- Have you ever thought that you did not have enough
faith for something? How does it feel to know that developing
faith is something the Holy Spirit has been sent to help you
- Have you ever fallen into the world's trap of feeling
like you have to take care of number one? How can you
safeguard yourself from feeling this way, even when you are wronged by
those around you?
- Are there any of the 9 Fruits of the Spirit that you
thought would be difficult to develop? What role do you think
developing self-control can play in helping you to develop the others
you had been
- What do you think are the best ways to develop the 9
Fruits of the Spirit in your own life?
9 Fruits of the Spirit Bible Scripture Study
Have You Been Marked?
Love, Joy, and Peace
Endurance, Kindness, and Goodness
Faith, Gentleness, and Self-Control