Notes from November 21st session at Band of Brothers Men’s Retreat

Galatians 5:22-25
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

You have Power and Purpose!

1. Power

1 John 4:4 – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

The power of the Holy Spirit is within you. It is the Fruit of the Spirit. It is evidence that you are a follower of Jesus to others. It comes as a result of your vertical relationship with God and your pursuit of this power. It is meant to be shared with others.

John 15:5-8 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

God is the master Gardener, Jesus is the Vine, you are the branch. Apart from the vine we are cut off from this power.

2. Purpose

What is your purpose? 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” To glorify God!

What is your Mission? Matthew 28:19 19 – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” To make Disciples!

What does “Glorify God” mean? To imitate God, to be like God, to do God’s Will. To magnify God like a telescope, which means to take something that is already big, and magnify it to bring it closer for someone else to see. To show the world who God is and how much he loves them.

Do you need a promotion to Glorify God? Do you need a new job? Do you need your life lined up just the right way? Do you have to fix your problems first? Do you have to be pain free? Do you have to have a perfect life to Glorify God? Of course not.

How do we glorify God? We inhale his presence and exhale his will. Just like lifting weights, getting stronger, and building muscle. Just like showing up to the gym and doing the work. The evidence of our work may not show up right away, but it will.

How do we know God’s will? 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

In summary, you have POWER & PURPOSE!

We are now going to focus on this POWER.

Let’s take a look at two of God’s most important promises. What is true about a promise from God?
Correct: God cannot break a promise?

How are we saved from death to eternal salvation?

The first is the promise that comes from FAITH – we are saved by faith.

Faith is a belief in the unseen. Faith in what? That God is our creator. That we choose to live a life separate from him and because of that he should have just let us die. But instead, he loves us so much that he became a man, in the form of Jesus Christ, he suffered, and then offered himself up to be crucified to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind! And then he rose from the dead and gave us all the gift of eternal life in the process. So like the Thief on the Cross, all we need to do is believe, and we are saved.

If you believe this, say YES!!

Now, we can put our question of salvation off to the side, and we don’t have to play the part of God and judge who is saved and who is not. Not our decision!

But it doesn’t end there. Although the Thief received eternal salvation, he wasted his life and missed out big time. Why?

Because of the next major promise.

What did it take for Peter to step out of the boat onto the sea, in the middle of a storm, to go out to Jesus?

The answer is Hope. Hope is the Anchor of the Soul. It is what allows our Soul (Mind, Will, Emotions) to reach out to the Holy Spirit. It is an Expectation that God will come through on his promises.

God promises that he will multiply us (give us exponential power), and that he will open a floodgate of blessings on us, if we put our hope in him. This is Power!

Jesus says, “follow me”, and he will show you how to LIVE. It is a WAY OF LIFE. We must have HOPE to encounter the Holy Spirit because this is where we meet Jesus.

To summarize:
1)POWER – The Holy Spirit lives within you, to achieve your;
2)PURPOSE – To Glorify God
3)You are saved by FAITH, and faith alone
4)And Hope is the Anchor of the Soul that causes you to step out and find your power.

What is the POWER of the Holy Spirit?

Galatians 5:22-25
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

The Power, is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. Let’s review them one at a time.

1) Love
a. All powers of the spirit hinge on love. The rest break down if they are not covered by love. Love God, and by doing so, you will Love Others.
b. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
c. Agape (Greek) love is what this is. Not a feeling of love, but a decision to love. Love as a choice.
d. Imagine if every relationship was like this – I do not expect you to come through for me but I am going to do everything I can to come through you. Because I love you, and I want to have faith in me so that you will love me to.
e. This is how God loves us and how he wants us to love. The only difference is that we can expect God to come through for us, because he promised he would, and because he is God he is incapable of breaking a promise.

2) Joy
a. Walking on water through the storm
b. Being happy when there is not much to be happy about
c. Not dependent on your circumstance
d. Children have Joy because they do not dwell on the past or worry about the future. They are content in the moment.

3) Peace
a. The sandals of peace are part of the Armor of God
b. Unshakeable! Your attitude and perspective does not change based on circumstances.
c. You are steady, and solid, and consistent.
d. You are always tuning your heart to the Holy Spirit station.
e. You experience God’s presence because you seek him always, and you take the time to be still throughout your day.

4) Patience
a. Active, not passive. It’s a choice.
b. God will do what is right for you, at the right time
c. It requires seeking God’s will and being prepared
d. Patience leads to perseverance, which leads to Wisdom
e. Faithful men are patient, Foolish men are impatient

5) Kindness
a. You offer grace and dignity to others.
b. You are compassionate.
c. You show mercy to others and seek to understand people.
d. Kindness is an attitude.
e. You prepare for Kindness in advance.

6) Goodness
a. Goodness comes out of Kindness. It is rooted in action that comes out of preparation.
b. You can be trusted.
c. You are also bold in standing up for what is right and fighting against injustice
d. Your word is your bond. You come through for others.
e. People want to follow you not because you are a “Nice Guy”, but because you are a “Good Man”.

7) Faithfulness
a. Choice between foolishness and faithfulness, you choose to make faithful decisions.
b. You are faithful to God and to others.
c. You choose to do right, even when there is an easier path to get a result.

8) Gentleness
a. You leave stability wherever you go.
b. You are not proud or arrogant.
c. You have a warmth and approachability about you that is desirable to others.
d. You are tender when you need to be tender, and a good listener.

9) Self-Control
a. You have power over your flesh.
b. You are self-controlled and alert.
c. The flesh and the spirit cannot co-exist.
d. You have freedom to choose, but real freedom comes from not doing what you feel, but doing what is right.
e. When you lead your heart by seeking God’s will, you have control over your body.

Now what?
1) “Knowing” is half the battle
a. You are saved by Faith
b. You are anchored to the Holy Spirit by Hope
c. You have POWER, because the Holy Spirit lives within you
d. You have PURPOSE, to glorify God in all you do

2) “Doing” is the other half of the battle
a. Pursue the Power of the Spirit
b. Use this treasure that Jesus Christ offers as a way of life
c. Study the Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-25
d. Take time to learn about the power, one at a time if you need to, and then get after it
e. Give this power to others. The most important part of the fruit of the spirit is how it can help others.
f. Learn how to live a higher life, grow in wisdom, make a difference in the lives of others, and make disciples.

You are a Godly Man with Power & Purpose!

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