By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). Evangelist Walter Asah continued from where he stopped last week in his in-depth teaching of the Spirit as a trilogy: the Spirit as a person, the fruit of the Spirit, and the gift of the Spirit. Last week, he taught that the Spirit is a person and that man is a spirit with a soul living in a body.
The fruit of the Spirit then is the food we have to eat as Christians to feed and nourish the spirit in us. In his view of “the Holy Spirit as a person,” the man of God reiterated, “The Holy Spirit is not falling down; it is not crying; it is not an emotion. The Holy Spirit is a person. Therefore, the Holy Spirit cannot intoxicate you. You cannot be drunk in the spirit because the spirit is not beer. The spirit is not alcohol.”
Evangelist Walter noted that God is a spirit; thus, our communication with Him must be in the spiritual realm, so the Holy Spirit facilitates our discourse with the Almighty God. On this score, the man of God shifted his attention to the importance of prayers and fasting.
“As Christians, when we fast, we don’t fast for God because our prayers and fasting don’t make God any bigger. We fast and pray to fortify the spirit in us. Fasting and prayer kill our fleshly desires and elevate the spirit. Fasting and prayers contribute to our growth and maturity. When fasting is added to prayer, it becomes more powerful. Constant fasting leads to sensitivity of spirit, for God answers prayers according to capacity of spirit,” said Evangelist Walter.
After the synopsis of his teaching last week, the evangelist called for the reading of Gal. 5: 22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance; against such there is no law.”
Evangelist Walter then began with the analysis of each fruit. On Love, he regurgitated John 3: 16, “For God so love the world that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. What validates love is the motive behind it. The motive behind God’s love for us is to save us.
Evangelist Walter asserted that some Christians in today’s generation live in a quid pro quo era. He called it trade by barter because they don’t give; they invest. That is not love.
The man of God reminded us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died on the cross for our sins, so we must learn to love without any conditions attached. “Let your love for your fellow human being be Agape love, loving without any strings attached. Mathematics has its own language; medicine has its own language, and Christianity also has its own language, so we must learn to see things differently from non-Christians,” said Evangelist Walter.
Still on Love, Evangelist Walter touched on the salience of gratitude as it relates to God. Ironically, it is when we our confronted with adversity that we must continually thank the Lord for his mercy and grace, not when life is comfortable for us. Here, the man of God cited Christ when he went to raise Lazarus from the dead.
“When Jesus Christ went to raise Lazarus, the first thing he did was to thank God before commanding Lazarus to wake up. You must learn to thank God first in all things. The God that you refuse to thank for your life is the same God you expect to answer your prayers, so remember to thank him always. God uses a human being to bless another human being, so when you make yourself a channel for God to bless you, you must release to receive,” said Evangelist Walter.
On a comical note, the man of God asserted that had it not been for the Book of Malachi, many Christians would have reneged on paying tithes. “Giving must be qualitative. Christ looks at what is in your heart when you give. Remember the story of the old woman who gave just a penny as her tithe and Christ said he valued her penny more than what the rich folk gave because she gave as unto the Lord with all her heart.”
Evangelist Walter’s concluding message on the first fruit, Love is, “The House of God is a fertile ground for investment. Let us extend our love of God to our brothers and sisters, and let us learn to say thank you, Father.”
On Joy, he said it is the result of being happy. In other words, joy is the internal portrayal of happiness because of what we have been given. “Don’t allow anything to tamper with your spiritual life. The target of the enemy is to weaken you spiritually to take your joy from you.”
He stated that the righteous move by faith and not by sight. “You are anointed to move situations; however, if you allow the situation to move you, it deprives you of joy and your spirit becomes questionable.”
He called Job’s spouse a knife, not a wife because when he was afflicted, she asked him to curse God and die. Job’s wife was a gold-digger who was only interested in the wealth of her husband, so she deprived her husband of the joy in marrying her. “Job’s wife voluntarily decided to become a widow. Wives shouldn’t talk like that.”
The next fruit is Peace. “Peace is not the absence of trouble. There are people, who are rich but worry constantly. The Lord said, ‘My peace have I given unto you.’ The presence of God in your life can neutralize every situation. With God, you have the ability to live in peace in the midst of trouble,” said Evangelist Walter.
The evangelist said that remaining peaceful in the middle of a storm comes with tremendous blessings in the end because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
From Peace, the man of God tackled Long-suffering. “When you have a situation where everything goes well for you all the time, it means there is something wrong somewhere. Even Christ didn’t have things sailing smoothly for him his entire life. Long-suffering can be a test of your faith in God,” said the man of God.
In addition, he observed that when one is going through tough times, it’s time to do some spiritual exercise, for darkness comes at night and joy comes in the morning. “Know that when you don’t go through adversity before becoming great, your greatness is not appreciated. Sometimes, God can be involved in your problem like Job, but it was Job’s state of mind that made God to trust him,” said Evangelist Walter.
Kindness and goodness came next. Evangelist Walter explained the difference between kindness and goodness and stated that kindness is caring, having compassion for others. It is an attitude, and goodness springs from Agape Love and it involves what we do to others. Where there is no love, there is hatred, back-biting, gossiping, deviousness, and un-forgiveness. When you give, don’t broadcast it to the whole world to embarrass the recipient.
“What validates forgiveness is an ability to let it go. Lack of forgiveness is un-Christian and anti-Christ. A church should be a place where people should feel welcomed, so when there is tension, power-struggle, and consternation, it discourages people form joining the church. Some can’t receive the Holy Spirit because of their attitude. Hypocrisy is an abomination in God’s kingdom.”
The last three fruits are faith, gentleness, and self-control. “Faith is loyalty and trustworthiness. When you are unfaithful, God disgraces you in a spectacular way. Faithfulness brings integrity. Job was faithful to God and demonstrated it with integrity. You can’t serve God with a Plan B. It’s either God or the devil. To be faithful means to remain loyal even when things are not going well.”
On Gentleness, he said being quiet does not mean you are gentle. “Gentleness is an ability to remain composed in a multitude without creating any conflict. It’s also an ability to relate to others without stirring trouble.
“Self-control is an ability to control one’s emotions, feelings, and thoughts where there is a misunderstanding. Getting angry is a choice. Don’t allow the environment to adversely affect your self-control. Abraham was a man of great self-control. Although God blessed Lot because of Abraham, he still allowed Lot to choose the land to settle on first because he didn’t want any tension between him and his nephew.”
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