As we head into the last month of 2020, I want to encourage you to remember this one truth that Paul so graciously explained in his letter to the church at Corinth, for this very truth is the key to victory or defeat and success or failure.
II Corinthians 4:13, We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.
THE SPIRIT OF FAITH. So many people refer to faith as a thing, but here, Paul refers to it as a spirit. This spirit of faith is the same spirit that Caleb operated in.
Numbers 14:24, But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Consider this moment in time for Caleb and Joshua. They disagreed with the ENTIRE congregation of Israel. They stood alone, and were literally one in a million! While everyone else saw giants and feared for their lives, they rose up, KNOWING they could defeat their enemies because they knew their God, and they had more confidence in what God told them than in what the people surrounding them believed.
Think about Daniel. He too was faced with severe opposition, but he had established a relationship with God that he refused to compromise.
Daniel 5:12, Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel…
Caleb had another spirit; Daniel had an excellent spirit, and it’s the same spirit of faith that Paul is referring to in 2 Corinthians 4:13 that is available to every believer.
Here in the state of Alabama, there is a team spirit that affects 99% of the people one way or another. Every fall, excitement fills the air for college football season, and you’re either a Roll Tide (University of Alabama) or War Eagle (Auburn University) fan. It seems to affect every decision people make–the clothes they wear, their choice for home decor, the food they eat, the relationships they keep, their weekend obligations, etc. How much more should the spirit of faith which we have affect every decision we make?
Notice the next phrase in 2 Corinthians 4:13, …according as it is written. Herein lies the underpinning to the spirit of faith…what is written. The Word of God is amazing, for it is a living thing and unlike anything else. It is full of life, power, ability, potential, and possibility.
In the gospel of Luke, we find the time that Jesus joined a conversation being held between two people concerning the crucifixion, and they had no idea that it was Jesus with them. Although Jesus walked with them, ate with them, and spent the day into the evening with them, notice what it was that caused their hearts to burn.
Luke 24:32, And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way and while he opened to us the scriptures?
It wasn’t the physical fellowship of eating, drinking, and travelling with Jesus; it was His talking and ministry of the Word of God to them that caused their hearts to burn. Why? Because the Word is a living entity, unlike anything else in this world.
When what is written becomes more prominent to you than anything else you hear, whether it be from a news media outlet, a highly respected doctor, or a revered family member, then you too become a part of, We having the same spirit of faith that Paul referred to.
2020 has been an eventful year to say the least, but you have a choice to make on how you enter this upcoming year…operating with or without the spirit of faith. I encourage you to choose God. His Word is just as alive today as it has been for thousands of years, and it will never fail you!