We are going to look first at a verse in the book of Romans. Paul wrote this book to the Roman believers to give them basic instructions on how to live their life. Look at Romans chapter 8,
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14 NASB
This verse says being led. Notice it doesn’t say were led, or has been led, it says being led, which is active, it’s happening now, it’s constant. It also says sons of God; this isn’t talking about man, it is talking about mankind, humanity. Now let’s look at the book of Mark, chapter 11,
“And Jesus answered saying to them, ‘Have faith in God.’” Mark 11:22 NASB
Faith in God in the Greek is translated, have the God kind of faith. Now look at Romans 12,
“For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3 NASB
Each has been given a measure of faith. Don’t think highly of yourself when you are around nonbelievers. Don’t be hypocritical of other believers who are not in the same spot as you; everyone has been given the same measure of faith. This would be like saying they don’t like someone because of the color of their skin; the Bible tells us that Elohim went into the dirt, breathed on it, and formed man. The reason there are five colors of man is that there are five colors of dirt. When you look down on someone because they have a different color of skin, you are looking down on someone that just has a different particle of dirt than you. That is so dumb; we are all dirt. Look at Ephesians 2,
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8 NASB
All humans have natural faith. When you go home and flip on a light switch, you don’t wonder if the light is going to come on. That is complete human natural faith, we all have it. Natural faith is not supernatural faith. It is supernatural faith that brings salvation. That is why the Bible says we have all been given the same measure of faith. When you became born again, God planted a seed in you, and you got the same measure of faith as all of us. You may look at your pastor or someone else and think they are more spiritual than you. No, they aren’t, they took the same measure of faith that was given you, and they built it, grew it, and nurtured it. When you see people who walk in understanding of God’s Word, it should encourage you to know that you can be there too.
The devil wants you to feel inadequate. The only difference in faith between you and other believers is development. A baby is not a grown man, but it doesn’t make a grown man better than a baby. A baby doesn’t need to look at a brain surgeon and say, gee, I’m inadequate, or I’m not good, I can’t do this. No, they are at different phases of development. It’s like a parent who has aged, you once were dependent on them, and now they are dependent on you. One of the things the devil likes us to do is compare ourselves to other people. Your job is not to die a pristine copy; your job is to be a glorious original.
The devil wants you to be fake; he wants you to be inauthentic. When you spend your life saying I want to be them instead of saying I want to be what I can, you are not being led by the Spirit. This is when the devil begins to pair you away from people. The Bible says not to forsake the assembling of yourselves with other believers. This is why the church is so important. I know people who are deeply rooted in their faith and have a great relationship with God but will say they don’t go to church that much. The Bible says not to do that, you should be there as an encouragement to others if you are so strong so new believers can look at you and say I want to be like that. Don’t get mad at where you are in your development. If you are going to be led by the Spirit of God, the first thing you have to ask yourself is, where am I being led?
Look at 1 Peter 2,
“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” 1 Peter 2:1-2 NASB
This is why in the church, pastors will sometimes preach on something that isn’t very deep, and people will leave because they aren’t being fed.
“Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you. 2 Peter 2:12 NASB
Peter is saying I am giving you milk, but I am always going to remind you, I am always going to go back and reteach you. Always teach the basics. Don’t get upset with your pastor, or too prideful that you think you cannot hear another sermon on faith or salvation. Keep putting yourself in remembrance. You need milk, it nourishes.
“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Mark 11:23-24 NASB
Do you notice in this scripture, it says ‘say’ three times and ‘believe’ once? Most Christians are ignorant of the things they say. They understand the believing part, but most of the time, we hear preaching three times more on believing, but it is supposed to be three times more on what we say. Proverbs 18:21 says that the power of life and death are in the tongue, and we will eat the fruit of what we speak. That is why the Bible tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. People who are led by the Spirit of God control their words.