The only way we will be able to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is to answer the Vine’s Divine Call and then yield to the Husbandman’s Divine Care.
How do we buy something that is priceless, like eternal life, without using any money? We use our diligence (our earnest, steady and energetic effort). Being diligent about our spiritual life is the price we pay for the FREE daily portions of Living Bread and Living Water—the spiritual food and water we need to fatten up (prosper) our souls. This diligence is how we make our souls spiritually fat. It works as long as we never let spiritual sluggishness (mere religious desires) keep us from daily renewing our minds.
Only the Breath of God (Holy Spirit) can produce true believers who not only are able to dream dreams and see visions, but also who are able to speak a Rhema Word of “life” into the Lord’s ekklesia, as well as speak a Rhema Word of “life” into the many unresponsive, fallen, broken, and/or empty clay vessels, full of dry bones.
No matter when we respond favorably to either the written or the preached Word of God, the Divine Truth is that our positive response is because of God’s Grace and His Holy Spirit’s Power. That’s right! It is because of God’s Grace the Power of His Holy Spirit that God allows His Holy Spirit to influence our receptivity of the read, preached, and/or taught WORD of God, which is the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Furthermore, it is because of this initial act of God’s Grace and Power that His Grace and His Holy Spirit’s Power next work together to breathe life into us, again, only this time it is the “new” life that is being breathed into our spiritually dead human spirits. God, in essence, is regenerating sinners’ spirits—we are being born again from Heaven.
We are not to fast so that we selfishly can use what we receive from God for our own current wants, or even our own present needs. Neither are we to fast so that we can hoard, for our own future benefit, what we have received. Instead, we fast so that we can overspend ourselves (pour out of ourselves) to such an extent that our helping others in need empties us, makes us become poor for their sake, just like our Lord “for [our] sakes…became poor, that [we] through His poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9, KJ21).
Human beings really cannot correctly measure the spiritual growth that is happening in every true believer. The reason why this spiritual growth cannot be correctly measured is because this kind of growth happens inwardly via the Holy Spirit’s mighty workings.
When Jesus the Christ was pierced in His side, both blood and water flowed out of Him. Thus, at His death He released not only His cleansing blood that washes away the sins of the entire world, but also God’s living water (the power of the Holy Spirit), which now flows from Heaven out of Jesus the Christ’s belly. Therefore, the Lord, and not humans, is the source of Living Water!