Everything needed to succeed in this life is contained in the Word of God. Far too often people are consumed with what they experience through their physical senses, and they lose sight of the reality of the spirit realm. I want to give you two good indicators that will help you answer the common question, Am I in faith?
Galatians 5:16-17 & 22-23,This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
To walk or live in the Spirit is to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. We can liken it to an orange or grapefruit. The sections make up the total fruit, and there’s a spiritual application in this. We can major on one part of the fruit and let go of some of the other areas, not realizing how important they are. You wouldn’t have a very healthy piece of fruit if you peeled the orange and found one or two sections shriveled and dried.
While you’re in the place of believing, the place of faith, it’s also important for these other parts of the fruit of the Spirit to be in operation. We all want to be spiritual and be led by and live in the Spirit, but here it says that it is the fruit of the Spirit that makes one spiritual. Many people get it all backwards and think that spirituality comes by being used by God where the gifts of the Spirit are concerned—a word of knowledge or wisdom, prophesy, gifts of healing, etc. I remember one time God using a donkey to prophesy, but that didn’t make the donkey spiritual. One thing God never did use a donkey for was to love somebody or to believe. The fruit is reserved for us, and it is walking in and manifesting the fruit that we become spiritual people.
Notice faithbeing listed as one of the fruits in Galatians 5. People in a test or trial often wonder if they are in faith and question if their faith is strong enough to reach victory. In helping people and dealing with them as a pastor for many years, I have found that you can’t always judge a person’s faith. Many times, they have the right thing coming out of their mouth and seem to be going through the motions. The best temperature gauge where faith is concerned is found in Romans 15:13.
Romans 15:13, Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Joy and peace in believing…this is the best gauge where faith is concerned. Are you walking in joy? Are you living in peace? When you know that you know that you know, and you lay hold of the promise of God, circumstances can’t cause you to be up and down. Circumstances may be up and down, BUT NOT YOU!If you are tied to the way things look, then however they look will affect how you feel. But if you are tied to the Word of God and rooted and grounded in the promise of God, then how things look do not affect how you feel; rather, you affect how things look!
When we let our joy and peace wither, it will affect the things around us. If you are feeding on the Word, the fruit of the Spirit is growing on the inside of you, but you still have to make a choice to yield to it. I cannot overemphasize the importance of yielding to joy and peace every single day. Learn to laugh at the devil every day of the week. When was the last time trouble came and you laughed in its face? You may feel strange doing this, but you are choosing to walk in the Spirit when you do this.
Isaiah 12:3, Therefore with joy shall ye drawwater out of the wells of salvation.
The wells of salvation are whatever you need in life. Does your marriage need saving or your business? Do your children need to be saved? There is a well full of salvation for you and your family, and you draw it out with JOY!
Colossians 3:15 (AMP), And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds.
Peace can never be overemphasized. Not only is it an indicator of faith, but it will also help guide and direct your every step. Throughout the years I’ve seen people who start out strong in faith—boldly declaring their outcome from the beginning. Then somewhere along the way, they begin slipping from that stand of faith, sacrificing their peace. According to this verse, peace will act as your umpire, so let peace call the shots!
Friend, I want to encourage you today in your walk of faith to check up on your joy and peace. Then, when circumstances show up that are not the will of God, you’ll be able to change them—not the other way around!