The Dip Stick Part Two

The dip stick helps us ascertain the level of oil available for the engine of our car. Our yielding to the Holy Spirit’s control is evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Only the Holy Spirit can produce the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
The fruit that glorifies the Lord is the byproduct of abiding. Verse 7-8 says, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
The Holy Spirit works through yielded vessels. What does it mean to yield? Certainly it means not following our own agenda, but conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions to God’s will. It also means that we die to ourselves. Intimate communion (abiding) is closeness, stillness, listening, absorbing, and drinking in. Our only agenda is to be with Him, nothing else.
Intimate communion is mutual. It is two-way. As we are leaning in His embrace, our hearts are meshed in enjoyment, pleasure, and delight. We delight in His delighting in us.
The dip stick of our time together is a testimony to those around us, believer and unbeliever alike. Acts 4:13 says that the Sanhedrin marveled at the boldness of Peter and John, and realized that they had been with Jesus.
The dip sticks helps us see how we measure up. Is the fruit of the Spirit evidenced in every aspect of our life? Are we yielded to the Holy Spirit’s control? Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”

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