But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:19-23 NASB
This passage comes right after a long list of Fleshly Desires! Desires of flesh and Fruit of Spirit are so incredibly obvious and demonic in nature. But often we are more focused on getting out the FLESH than putting in the FRUIT. You want an example?
At 2am a woman called and said her husband, in a fit of rage, had beaten her, threatened her, and then walked out the door angry. He said he would be back. She was fearful of her life and the life of their daughter! Her next words were, "Can you come over"? [And you thought pastoring was cushy] I knew the man and also knew he allowed some demonic activity in his life through alcohol and drugs. I also knew he was an angry man. I prayed all the way over...
Sure enough, just after I arrived, he came home… still in a rage… and coming at me! I was ready to do the ol, "I COMMAND YOU SATAN TO COME OUT OF HIM" routine… when the Holy Spirit said, "don't cast anything out… pray something in… pray IN the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT". As he came toward me, I softly said to him, "The Lord fill you with His Love". He stopped in his tracks. I went on… "May the Lord fill you with joy". He stood looking at me! I'm thinking I might live through this after all… so I said,
"Lord Jesus fill him with your peace". His face softened! In the next few minutes, this man was laying on the floor weeping like a baby. I later asked him what was going on when I was praying for him? He said, "every time you prayed those things into me, I felt something else come out of me"!
Beloved… the Holy and unholy can't dwell in the same place. Don't always be so quick to "CAST OUT"… sometimes its just knowing what to "PRAY IN"!