From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005

“The same process is used in the discipling transaction, described in the succeeding verses (Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 7), providing certain and comprehensive guidance to the disciple:  “Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God, the Lord is One (just as is the fruit of the Spirit)!   And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.  And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand (tie a string around your finger!) and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”   Thus, it is essential to our lives, it is the proof of our vitality, that we show forth the fruit of the Spirit as evidence that the Christ (“in Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”) dwells in us.  Without Him, we cannot be disciples or make others into disciples.  “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.””

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