100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 48
You Are in Step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25)
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).
One goal that’s going to keep you running your faith race to the finish is to have the testimony of Christ: I only say what my Father is speaking, and I only do what I see my Father doing (See John 8:28, 5:19). Jesus is absolutely your perfect example of being in step with the Spirit.
The greatest evidences of your being in step with the Spirit are your words and your deeds.
Let’s take a look at the evidence of words, “for out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Do you know that Jesus never complained? The Bible states clearly that He was without sin (2 Cor. 5:21). And, by the way, complaining is sin! To understand God’s heart concerning our murmuring, examine this familiar scene following God’s mighty deliverance of His people from captivity in Egypt.
The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?” The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: “How long will this wicked community grumble against Me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say: In this desert your bodies will fall- every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against Me. Not one of you will enter the land I swore with uplifted hand to make your home, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun. As for your children that you said would be taken as plunder, I will bring them in to enjoy the land you have rejected… Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years- one year for each of the forty days you explored the land [of Canaan]- you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you’” (Numbers 14:11, 26-34).
“All that for some minor complaining?” you might ask. But we need to understand: when we complain about a person or a circumstance, we’re complaining against God. We are saying, in essence, “This thing is too hard or unfair, and there is nothing that can be done about it!”
Complaining is the fruit of unbelief. This is what makes our faith so confusing to the lost in the world. We call ourselves “Believers” yet we are constantly confessing unbelief every time we complain! Oh, I understand! Complaining comes naturally! I, too, was a natural-born complainer. But when I was reborn, the new nature of the Spirit of Christ took up residence in me, and I am no longer a complainer! And when I am boldly walking in step with the Spirit, my mouth speaks only what the Father is speaking.
Now there have been times (plenty of times) when the natural Renee tries to make a presence and operate in unbelief. She has partnered with Satan and issued complaints to any ear that will listen. But, I have a race to run, and if my goal is to arrive at the finish line, I’m not going to accomplish that while complaining. I would defeat my own self in that state. I would become so discouraged and downtrodden by all that things that I exalted above God. My God would be so small in my mind and my problems so big… who can run hard in that state?
Child of God, you are in step with the Spirit and you see God’s possibilities over every circumstance you face. Your heart overflows with faith that He is with you, for you, and working all things together for your good so that you, in turn, will ensure He gets all the glory!
Walk It Out Hear God’s Word and put it into practice (Luke 8:21).
When you are tempted to complain, choose, instead, to take the matter to God in prayer. At the same time, find something for which you can give thanksgiving to the Father in heaven (there are infinite reasons for praise to Him!). Don’t make God have to remind you of His gracious dealings with you, but keep a record of your thanksgiving in a gratitude journal. Finally, ask the person who spends the most time with you to help keep you accountable to your desire to break the habit of complaining. Initially aim for a 7-day complaint-free zone.