A Spirit-Controlled Life (or Not)

(the Fruit of the Spirit) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

Scripture References:

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

– 2 Timothy 1:7 (New International Version)

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, 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. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”

– Galatians 5:16 – 26 (New International Version)

Sometimes we tend to feel that people who lived in Bible times possessed a holiness unavailable to us. That their circumstances are very far removed from ours. They are far removed in time but they were very real people who faced a lot of the same circumstances and struggles that we do.

Instructions: Read the following scriptural accounts. Rate each Biblical character according to the extent they were led by the Spirit of God.

  • What fruit of the Spirit was present?
  • Which fruit is noticeably absent?

                                           Weak                       Strong

Adam & Eve                        1      2      3      4      5      6

Genesis 2:15 – 17; 3:1 – 6

Lot’s wife                             1      2      3      4      5      6

Genesis 19:15 – 17, 24 – 26

Job                                       1      2      3      4      5      6

Job 1:13 – 22; 27:7 – 10

Joseph                                1      2      3      4      5      6

Genesis 39:1 – 10

Achan                                  1      2      3      4      5      6

Joshua 6:18; 7:1, 10 – 26

Saul                                      1      2      3      4      5      6

1 Samuel 15:1 – 23

Jesus                                    1      2      3      4      5      6

Luke 23:33, 34; Isaiah 53:7 – 9

Stephen                                1      2      3      4      5      6

Acts 6:8 – 15; 7:1, 2, 54 – 60

As you can see, the fruit of the Spirit was present (or absent) in these cases. We also need to look at ourselves. Which of these characters is most like us? In what ways do we need to let God have more control in our lives?

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