Walking in the Spirit may look or feel bad but it is the only way to bear fruit. If we are continuously led around by the emotions and intellect of the soul realm we’ll never live in the love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control that is found in the Holy Spirit.
How many times have you lost your cool because things didn’t turn out the way you planned? I remember a time when I was running late for lunch and I started to feel frustrated. The thought occurred to me “I can get upset and agitated and still be late or I can just do what I’m doing, keep my peace and get there when I get there.” Those are the moments when you realize “I am not my keeper–God is, because if I was the keeper I would have thrown a fit by now!”
The Bible says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24) God is in the business of sanctifying us and making us complete and blameless in Christ! Did you catch that last part? “He also will bring it to pass.”
Jesus told his disciples just before his arrest and crucifixion, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives.” The world’s version of peace only comes with the end of all wars and conflicts which will never happen. Jesus’ peace reigns even in the midst of the war and conflicts because his peace is a peace from within. With the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives we can live in the same sin-soaked world as everyone else but we can have peace and contentment.
Even though we still live in a world where things break down and they don’t always go our way, we live our lives based on how God sees us rather than on how our circumstances appear. We are told to “walk by faith not by sight.” We live our lives with the understanding that Christ is all we need. When we received him, we received all we need for life and godliness. If we find ourselves needing patience, we look to him and discover he is our patience. When the need is a little bit of faith, we discover it is really his faith that is sustaining us. No matter what our need, he is sufficient.