Galatians 5:22-23 (Fruit of the Spirit) says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith
, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
1Corinthians 12:9 (Gifts of the Spirit) says, “To another faith by the same Spirit;”
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
How important is Faith? Let’s see, according to Galatians 5:22, 1Corinthians 12:9, and Ephesians 6:16; Faith is not only a part of our spiritual armor (Shield), but it is the only word or spiritual verb that is a fruit and a gift of the Spirit.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Are you praying to God with faith, believing He will answer you, or are you praying out of desperation and fear?
In Matthew 14:22-33 Peter did both. Matt.14:22-24 says, “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary”
Jesus sent the disciples away in a boat to go to the other side. Jesus knew, and I’m sure his disciples could see the dark clouds, and signs in the sky of a storm emerging. The scripture goes on to say that a huge storm arose and the ship was now in the midst of the sea being tossed about due to the waves and strong winds. They got in the boat in obedience to Christ and found themselves in a storm. You can be going in the right direction, obeying God’s word and find yourself in a storm. A storm does not mean you are out of the will of God. Storms come to keep you from your destination.
A physical storm is defined as a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust. A spiritual storm that manifest in the natural realm is similar. It is a disturbance of the normal condition in our life, manifesting itself in various ways; financial, relationships, infirmities, etc. It is not one problem but muiltable trials of unusual force from every direction to keep us from a certain direction that God has ordain for our life.
One person described his storm experience this way. “I experienced what was a crisis of faith. I entered a tempest of doubt like nothing I had ever experienced before. God, who I had known and loved since late childhood, suddenly became eclipsed in my spiritual sight. I couldn’t see him anywhere. The Sun of my life disappeared and everything became dark in my soul. Swirling winds of fear blew with amazing force. The turbulence of hopelessness was violent. I found myself in a spiritual state of spatial disorientation.”
A storm will try your faith, and cause you to feel helpless. The truth is you are helpless, but not hopeless. This is the time you stand on the Word of God and hold on to the Truth. God did not initiate the storms in my life, but he allowed it. The storms where not there to punish me, but to hinder and keep me from getting to my destination.To be continued…