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Spilling Your Coffee

Fruit of the Spirit Character Transformation

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Imagine you’re holding a cup of coffee when someone bumps into you, causing you to spill what's in your cup.

You didn't spill tea. You didn't spill grape juice or soda. You spilled coffee because coffee is what was in your cup. If you’d had tea in your cup, it would have been tea that spilled out. The point is, whatever is inside your cup is what will spill out of your cup if bumped or shaken. 

APPLICATION

We are each a vessel, not unlike a cup. Looking from the outside, no one can know what we “contain.” But when events of life bump up against us or shake us up, whatever is inside will likely come spilling out. 

So we must ask ourselves, “What’s in my cup?” Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Or is it anger, bitterness, anxiety, impatience, mean-spiritedness, ill will, faithlessness, harshness, and lack of discipline? 

We might present to the world that we are full of one thing when really we are full of another. It’s easy to fake it when nothing is bumping into us or shaking us up. But bring on a little trial, a little temptation, irritation, conflict, inconvenience, etc., and what's inside our heart of hearts will come spilling out.

So fill yourselves with the Fruits of the Spirit so that the goodness and light within you spills out onto others as a testimony of the transformative power of Christ in your life.

Intrinsically Good

Fruit of the Spirit Character Spirituality

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2016-10-14

Scripture: Romans 12:9 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:13

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Is a gun good or evil? Isn't it true that it's just a molded piece of steel that in and of itself is neither good or evil? But it does have the potential to be used for either good or evil. The same gun can be used to take a life or to save a life. It can be used to commit a crime or to stop a crime. It can be used to harm or to protect. In either case, it's the same gun, but what makes the difference is the hand in which the gun is held.

APPLICATION

In Romans 12:9 we are told to, "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." The word "good" is a translation of the Greek word "agothos." According to Strong's it means, "intrinsically good, good in nature, good whether it be seen to be so or not" (see also BAG p. 3).  Here, this word is used of the Christian virtues. Things like the fruits of the Spirit are good because they are intrinsically good, not because of the person who holds them. They are good because God is good and they come to us from His hand. 

Making Use of the Spirit of Power

Holy Spirit Spirituality Fruit of the Spirit

Contributed By: David Bell | Date Posted: 2015-05-20

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

Author: David Bell
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ILLUSTRATION

My wife asks me to clean stuff around the house. I used to dread cleaning the bathtub because it took forever. Using the small brillo pad just wasn't very efficient. One day, I had the bright idea to use my cordless power drill with a small, round foam pad mounted on it. Now I had a "power" tool for cleaning the tub! It worked so much better, faster and it cleaned so much better than just using a hand scrubby.

(I usually use the actual props during preaching this illustration so the listener can really visualize how I am using the drill.)

APPLICATION

God has given you the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of power. When you set out to do something for Him, know that His Spirit is in you to empower you to do way more than you would ever be able to do on your own.

Don't be intimidated. You're not going in your own strength. You are going in the power of the Holy Spirit!

If you go without the Spirit, you can expect weak results. But with the Spirit, you can expect amazing, miraculous results. 

"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).

The Vine

Rest Fruit of the Spirit Dependence on God

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2015-02-24

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Stop In The Name of Law

Commandments Sin Nature Fruit of the Spirit

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-11-17

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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If I Had The Spirit of God

Holy Spirit Fruit of the Spirit Spiritual Gifts

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2014-07-24

Author: Unknown
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You Cant Fake Joy

Fruit of the Spirit Joy Dependence on God

Contributed By: Mishayla Brewer | Date Posted: 2013-08-17

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Chris Jordan / Illustration Exchange
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Something WILL Grow There

Fruit of the Spirit Potential Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Steve Goodier | Date Posted: 2013-06-18

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author: Steve Goodier
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Abiding in Christ

Dependence on God Experiencing God Fruit of the Spirit

Contributed By: Lee Turner | Date Posted: 2012-08-01

Scripture: John 15:5

Author: Hudson Taylor
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The Fruit of the Spirit

Character Fruit of the Spirit Witness

Contributed By: David Grinder | Date Posted: 2012-04-20

Scripture: Galatians 5:22

Author:
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