“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Word Study: Fruit
Vines Expository Dictionary
metaphorically, of works or deeds, "fruit" being the visible expression of power working inwardly and invisibly, the character of the "fruit" being evidence of the character of the power producing it, Mat 7:16. As the visible expressions of hidden lusts are the works of the flesh, so the invisible power of the Holy Spirit in those who are brought into living union with Christ
Galatians 5:22, the singular form suggesting the unity of the character of the Lord as reproduced in them, namely, "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance," all in constrast with the confused and often mutually antagonistic "works of the flesh."
The "S"pirit is the Spirit of truth - Only comes from the workings of God, therefore obedience to God's voice.
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
So how do we know we are hearing and obeying God's voice?
How do we hear God's voice.
- We listen to Him speaking to our heart/spirit "The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Romans 8:16
- We test every word that we hear by making sure it lines up with Scripture. "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- God did not mean for us to go through life alone. We can confirm God's voice through a friend or pastor from church. “God’s intent is that through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known.” Ephesians 3:10