Holiness Is A Fruit
Are you one of those struggling to live a holy life and experiencing constant condemnation and defeat? Have you been told the problem is that you are not trying hard enough? Or even worse, you are demon possessed? If so, this article wil help you.
In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul recounted his miserable failures in his battle with sin. He made up his mind to live a holy life before God, determined to say no to temptation, acknowledged the goodness of the law, and yet found himself time and time again doing the very things he was determined not to do. He wrote:
I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? (Romans 7:21-24 NKJV)
But that is not the end of the story. Paul discovered the answer to his misery and in the very next verse answered his own question.
I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:25)
What had Paul discovered for which he was so thankful? He had discovered that holiness is not a work of the flesh; it is not the product of self-effort and will-power. It is the fruit of union with Jesus Christ. He discovered that while he could not manufacture holiness, he could “bear fruit unto God” through his faith in Christ.
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. (Romans 7:4 NKJV)
Child of God, until you make a similar discovery, you will live in constant defeat. You should stop thinking of holiness as something you can accomplish by sheer will-power, much prayer and fasting, and a lot of tears. You can’t produce holiness going about it in that manner any more than a woman can produce a baby that way. Children are not manufactured. They are birthed and birthing requires union with a man who carries the seed.
The Scripture declares, you have died to the law and are now “married” to Him who was raised from the dead. Through your spiritual union with Him, He has freely implanted the seed of His life inside of you and the fruit of holiness will spring forth out of the holy seed you have received from Him.
What is your part? As in a marriage, the wife that is intimate with her husband bears his fruit; so your part is to acknowledge His presence in you, enjoy intimacy with Him, and trust Him to cause you to produce His fruit. Holiness is not what you do, but what you allow Jesus to do in you as you fellowship with Him by faith.
Finally, here is my prayer for you.
May the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Heb 13:20 – 21).