Doors - Don Riddle; FRUIT of the SPIRIT - Tim Stroud


They’re everywhere! Car doors, barn doors, office doors, cellar doors, front doors, storage doors, tractor doors, and on and on. They give us access. They keep things and people in or out. They give views or hide things from view. They provide protection and safety. They stop us: “Authorized Personnel Only”, “Employees Only Past this Point”, “Protected by Smith & Wesson”. They are opened with a fob, a key, a thumbprint, an eye scan. Many require someone to be with you.

Jesus said, “ I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture”, John 10: 9. He is the door, the only door! Note, Rev. 3: 7, “...the words of the Holy One, the true One, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one will open.” A door that can’t be opened! A door that can’t be shut! Wait!! Why would Jesus shut a door? Doesn’t He want us to use His door?

Well, how about an explanation from your mom. “ Don’t track that mess in this house. Go outside and take those off!” What are you trying to bring, to track into Jesus’ house? What are you afraid to let go of? What clings to you, because you like your ways? Jesus is saying that He controls who goes in. He controls what you try to bring in. If you clean every day, 1 John 1: 7, then there is no problem. If you go your own path, 1 John 1: 8, 10, then Jesus can close the door. Our sin locks it.

Jesus is the key. He is the door. To walk in God’s blessings, we use His door every day, Jn. 10: 9. When we mess up, we ‘fess up, Jesus cleans us up, and we walk in. This is our daily routine, not just on Sunday morning!

But there is another door for which we do not have a key. We don’t live here forever. So, who has the key to “death’s door”? How do we get the door open? Rev. 1: 18c.” I have the keys of death and Hades” Who get us out of death and out of the realm of the dead? Rev. 1;18,” I am the living One. I died and behold I am alive forevermore.” Why should you walk with Jesus? Because He is the only One with the keys. No one or no thing can get you out of death or Hades! Just Jesus! Therefore, the answer is, if you want to get through the door of blessing and the door of death, imitate and walk with Jesus. He is the door. He is the key holder.

Who are you walking with daily?!


If your children attended growth group classes at the building on Sunday night’s this past year, you may be aware that we were studying the “Fruit of The Spirit”, from Galatians chapter 5.  You probably remember the song, if not ask your children.
Ohhhh! The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a (say any type of fruit)
The Fruit of the Spirit’s not a (repeat chosen type of fruit)
If you want to be a (repeat chosen type of fruit)
You might as well hear it:
But you can’t be a fruit of the Spirit, the Spirit is
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
• Love – Affection, good will, benevolence
• Joy – gladness, cheerfulness
• Peace – state of tranquility, harmony
• Patience – endurance, steadfastness, perseverance, longsuffering
• Kindness – moral goodness, integrity, gentleness
• Goodness – uprightness of heart and life
• Faithfulness – fidelity, loyalty, devotion, dedication
• Gentleness – tenderness, meekness, mildness of disposition
• Self Control – ability to control oneself

What fruit are we bearing?
Mat 7:16-20 “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”
Are we bearing fruit of darkness or light?
Ephesians 5:8-11 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Let’s commit to be a “Fruit” of the “Spirit”!
Col 1:9-11 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”


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