The Spirit of Faith: How to Receive, and Work with the Spirit of Faith

We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe,…

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;

2 Corinthians 4:13

I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:

Psalms 116:10
The Spirit of Faith: How to Receive, and Work with the Spirit of Faith

In Psalms 116:10, David says, “I believed, therefore I have spoken.” This means that his speaking is a result of his believing. When a believer is operating by the spirit of faith, the evidence is that they speak what God is saying.

On the account of the spirit of faith, we’re going to discover several things, but let’s take it step by step.

The first thing to understand is that faith is born of the spirit. In Bible school, our instructors taught us some mechanical things about faith. For instance, they said that if you keep saying, “I am healed, I am healed, I am healed,” it will come to pass. I came to tell you that this is not true! You need to understand the spirit of faith. Faith is not just about what you do; faith is fundamentally born. It is a product of the activity of the spirit. There is something that the spirit of God does in the heart of a believer that gives them the capacity to walk with God.

Faith doesn’t begin with you; it begins with His Spirit! This is why we need to understand what the spirit of faith does in the life of a believer.

The spirit of faith gives you the grace to believe in something and the ability to speak what you have believed. This is the evidence that you are operating by the spirit of faith.

In many church congregations, people claim to be walking in faith. I remember attending a faith-based church for a long time where everyone was making positive declarations like “It is well,” “You are blessed,” “You are lifted,” “You are hired,” and “You are exalted.” However, their lives didn’t change because they were merely making positive confessions, which is not the same as operating in the spirit of faith.

Positive confessions are beneficial. One of the key advantages of positive confessions is their impact on you when the devil tempts you and tries to bend your mind.

Your utterances have more authority than your thoughts. Doubt is a product of your thoughts, while faith comes from your spirit. So, when your mind is under attack, when lust tries to take over your mind, or when all kinds of negative influences operate in your mind, that’s when you need to use the authority of your tongue, which is superior to that of your thoughts. As you begin to speak and confess positive words, you will discover that you can dislodge the presence of mind-bending spirits because your utterances have more authority than your thoughts.

That’s the role of confession. However, the speakings of faith are not just a product of positive confession; they are a product of the spirit at work in your life.

The Bible says, “We have the same Spirit of Faith.” This Spirit enables us to believe in things beyond the scope of our five physical senses and gives us the capacity to speak them into existence.

In any congregation, it’s easy to identify who is truly operating by faith.

Many people engage in mechanical practices and call it faith. However, when faced with the confrontations of the kingdom of darkness, it becomes evident whether your faith is mechanical or genuine.

Due to the rural missions I undertook early in life, I learned that faith is not something to fake. If the Holy Spirit has not instilled faith in a believer’s heart, they should wait in prayer until the Holy Spirit does so.

This concept we’re discussing is driven by the active presence and functionality of the Holy Spirit, not by mere human effort. Samson was anointed by God and knew what the anointing empowered him to do. Even when the anointing wasn’t present, he could rely on the mechanical aspects of his actions to get results. However, the day he expected God to move and all he had left was the mechanical process, his downfall began.

Many people engage in mechanical practices and call it faith. No! We must start from the beginning: it is the Holy Spirit who instills conviction in our hearts, giving us the capacity to believe. He does this by impressing the reality of the unseen upon our hearts and enabling our spiritual senses to grasp that reality.

As a result of this spiritual articulation, we begin to speak as if the unseen reality already exists. This kind of faith-driven speaking cannot happen merely by being taught how to speak; it is the product of the Spirit at work within us.

I’ve been in situations where pretending to have faith wasn’t an option. In those dire circumstances, it was clear: you either truly hear God or you might not survive. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know that faking faith is not a viable choice.

Many people speak positively, saying things like “You are lifted, you are higher, you are exalted,” yet their lives remain unchanged.

When we discuss faith, we need to understand that it is a spirit, much like the spirit of intercession. Those who pray often understand the spirit of intercession well.

Sometimes, prayer starts off mechanically because the spirit hasn’t yet come. But when the spirit does come, it empowers you, providing capacity and strength. Similarly, faith is driven by a spirit. Your ability to believe and act on that belief is fueled by what can be described as the spirit of faith.

And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

Numbers 13:26

In other not to make the article too long, let’s jump to the verse of my emphasis.

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 13:30

For the first time in his prophetic ministry, Moses was compelled to send spies to scout the land, as recorded in Numbers 13:26-33 and Numbers 14.

Unfortunately, out of the twelve spies, only two, Joshua and Caleb, spoke of the possibility of overcoming the challenges ahead. The remaining ten spoke of utter failure, despite not having faced any battles yet.

Since ten voices outweighed two, the people were swayed by the defeatist and fearful reports of the majority. This defeat mentality was so pervasive that the people wept all night, holding a “vigil of weeping.” Despite Joshua and Caleb’s attempts to encourage them to have faith (Numbers 14:6-9), the people’s hearts remained consumed by the fear instilled by the other ten.

In Numbers 14:24, God reveals the key factor that set Joshua and Caleb apart from the others: they had a different spirit.

This spirit, confirmed by God in Numbers 14:24, is referred to in the New Testament as “the spirit of faith.”

By examining Caleb and Joshua’s reactions during their mission and the reports they brought back, we can identify the symptoms and characteristics of the spirit of faith at work in a person’s life.

“There’s nothing you can do in the flesh that will result in faith because Faith begins when the Holy Spirit furnishes the reality of things that your senses cannot handle upon your spirit.–When that activity of the spirit of God has been done, it means faith has been born!

In case you didn’t know, we are beings created to function in the god class, with the inherent capacity to believe.

Your ability to believe is dependent on the Holy Spirit, who reveals realities beyond the grasp of your senses. When this happens, you are under the influence of the spirit of faith.

A unique evidence of a person under the influence of the spirit of faith is the ability to see victory even before it becomes apparent to others.

When the spies returned to report to the congregation, the people sided with the majority, the ten spies who had a negative report. Even though no battle had been fought and no defeat experienced, the congregation cried all night, manipulated by a spirit of fear and doubt.

The real battle was over who would influence the congregation: the ten spies with the spirit of doubt or the two with the spirit of faith. Unfortunately, the congregation was swayed by the doubters and cried all night based on their report alone.

A spirit was at work, but it wasn’t the spirit of faith. God himself pointed out what set Joshua and Caleb apart, saying that Caleb and Joshua had a different spirit.

What was at work in Caleb was the activity of a spirit—the spirit of faith. This spirit gave him a positive perspective, influenced his demeanor, guided his responses, and shaped his testimony.

Don’t fake faith! I’ve seen people preach faith, but when confronted with a demonic challenge, their faith crumbled. There’s a lot of mechanical faith out there, yet the Just are meant to live by faith. That’s how we were designed to operate.

Faith has its roots in a spirit. The source of faith is the Holy Spirit, and when this Spirit imparts His perspective to your heart, it grants an understanding deeper than the current situation.

That understanding becomes the atmosphere from whence you can accommodate possibilities beyond what the circumstances sustain. The Spirit has the power to influence your perspective from the inside out.

So they went to view the same situation but the testimonies that they brought back was influenced by the spirit that was at work in them.

From what we have discussed, the first manifestation of the spirit of faith is the ability to see victory before it is revealed to others.

I have a friend in Lagos, whom I call “Technocrat.” God instructed him to plant a church in a particular area of Lagos, a place where finding a venue for a church seemed impossible due to full development. There were no available spaces to rent or ready-made locations for holding services. However, when he arrived, he saw a mechanic workshop.

He envisioned the fellowship building within that very mechanic workshop. He approached the landlord and rented part of the workshop. When he brought others to see the location, they only saw the mechanic workshop and found it unappealing. Realizing they couldn’t see his vision, he stopped bringing them.

Instead, he hired workmen and paid for the renovations himself, knowing that others wouldn’t support the project because they could not see what he was seeing. So it was obvious that nobody would support such a project. His plan was to complete the project before presenting it to the others.

If you operate by the spirit of faith, you need to distance yourself from certain people while acting on that faith. When your faith is still fragile, like a newborn, others can easily kill it with their unbelief. Keep those who might puncture your faith with doubt far away during this critical time.

when he finished building it, he invited those same people he brought at the beginning “who could not see anything” He said see we have a venue and a place now.

It was the spirit of faith that was at work in him, he could see the victory before it was revealed to others.

Others can see the product of the spirit of faith and celebrate with you later, but don’t carry others along when they cannot see the victory.

What Caleb and Joshua should have done was conduct a quiet screening behind the scenes to determine who should speak before the congregation. Unfortunately, everyone was given the opportunity to speak, and the result was that the entire atmosphere was polluted with negativity.

The spirit of Faith gives you the ability to see victory before it is revealed to others

In the 90s, a missionary arrived in Nigeria with a clear sense of purpose. However, upon landing at the Lagos Airport, the first few people he approached for assistance took advantage of his vulnerability and duped him. Despite this setback, he remained undeterred.

His commitment to his mission was far stronger than the initial misfortune he faced. He returned to the mission field 14 more times, driven by the spirit of faith within him. This spirit made it impossible for a few negative incidents to derail his mission.

When people give up too quickly, get discouraged easily, or throw in the towel prematurely, it indicates that nothing significant has happened in their spirit. When something truly happens in your spirit, it becomes difficult for any natural setback to cause you to abandon your purpose.

It is in the realm of practicality that we can truly determine if the Holy Spirit has moved on your heart. When the Holy Ghost moves, He imparts the strength to withstand initial resistances that may seem to contradict your pursuit.

The spirit of faith enables you to see victory before it is visible to others. This foresight is the first symptom of the spirit of faith.

Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

Numbers 14:9

The statement of Joshua and Caleb was obvious that they were seeing something different from what the congregation was seeing. –A testimony that was born on the shoulders of the spirit of Faith

But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Numbers 13:31

That’s the sum total of the perspective of the people operating under the spirit of Doubt!

I thought it was when you attempt to fight and you are defeated that you accept that you are weak. But because of the spirit of doubt that was at work in them they already saw defeat before it was revealed.

In the flesh we operate at our least potential and in the spirit we operate at our greatest potential

The spirit of doubt is closely related to the spirit of fear. Doubt means lacking confidence that the Lord is with you. When the Israelites saw the Promised Land through the lens of doubt, it resulted in an overwhelming spirit of fear.

Doubt opens the door to fear, and fear can defeat you without a fight. In contrast, the spirit of faith allows you to see victory before it is visible to others.

The question is: “How did some of the children of Israel come to belittle God? How could they doubt God’s ability, sovereignty, and power despite witnessing miraculous acts through Moses? Through Moses’ ministry, they saw God’s faithfulness and power, even against Egypt. How could the same people, in the same lifetime, fall into such a beggarly state?”

It is because doubt is a spirit, and fear is a spirit. As stated in the previous article, “How Faith Can Fail and How to Strengthen It,” every act of faith is based on an understanding that God brings through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The Bible says that it is the inspiration of the Almighty that gives us understanding and that by faith we understand. There is an understanding that comes through faith, and it is from this understanding that we engage with God and obey Him. When people look at us from a natural perspective, they might think what we did was risky. However, with the understanding given by faith, it is natural to operate in such a way.

The spirit of faith involves the activity of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to believe beyond our natural senses and to maximize our fullest capacity in faith.

If you only believe the things you see you are blind

Remain in the place of prayer until the Holy Spirit moves in your heart because faith is not something you can achieve mechanically.

It is time for us to move beyond mechanical faith and trust the Lord in prayer, in engaging with His word, and in trusting Him to work in our hearts. We need Him to bring about a reality that will give us an understanding for walking with God, which is a walk of faith because it is our destiny that the just shall live by faith.

The spirit of faith doesn’t just enable you to see victory before it is revealed to others; it also empowers you to speak that victory. This is not about making mechanical confessions; this is about speaking through the power of the Spirit who has given you the ability to believe in things beyond what your senses can comprehend!

19. And when even was come, he went out of the city. 20. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:19-22

Are you familiar with the scripture about the fig tree that Jesus cursed, saying no man would eat from it forever? The way figs grow, if they start to produce leaves, the fruit is usually hidden among the leaves. So, when Jesus saw the fig tree with leaves, He expected it to have fruit as well. But when He found it had only leaves and no fruit, He cursed the tree. If you were an unbeliever, you might think Jesus was just reacting out of hunger.

However, Jesus was teaching a principle. He didn’t explain it immediately after cursing the tree. The next day, as they passed by, Peter pointed out that the fig tree had withered from the roots. That was when Jesus began to teach the golden principle of faith.

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Mark 11:22

This scripture, Mark 11:22, was a foundational verse for Kenneth E. Hagin’s entire faith ministry. The original text of Mark 11:22 reads, “Have the God kind of faith,” implying that there are different kinds of faith.

And if we go back to the very first scripture;

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;

2 Corinthians 4:13

The word “same” implies a basis for comparison, and in this context, we are comparing with God’s faith. Therefore, it is indeed possible for us to operate in the God kind of faith.

In teaching us about the God kind of Faith, Jesus made some very strong statements;

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Mark 11:23

Two key elements are at play here: Jesus said, “If you can say to this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe.” Even though He mentioned saying before believing, the actual order is that you believe first before you say.

You were created in the God class, endowed with the capacity to believe. This belief is a result of the Holy Spirit moving in your heart, revealing realities that your five physical senses cannot comprehend.

Jesus is teaching that if your belief is firm and you speak, your words will carry creative authority, enabling you to change things in the natural realm, just as God did. When God spoke, it wasn’t for communication but for creation. He believed before He spoke, and we are meant to operate in the same way.

The second evidence that the Spirit of faith is at work is your ability to speak out of the convictions gathered in your heart. This is the key to miracles; it displaces spirits and reorganizes the atmosphere, allowing changes to manifest.

When you observe some people’s lives, it seems like positive things always happen to them. This is due to spiritual principles at work, for God shows no favoritism.

If we practice God’s principles, we should see the results of that practice because there is abundant grace available for actualization. So why walk in darkness?

It’s not favoritism; it’s about working within principles. Your life is upheld by the integrity of the principles you engage with, leading to permanency, consistency, and victory. Just as someone under the influence of the spirit of faith sees and walks in victory, consistently experiencing it, someone operating under the spirit of doubt will continually encounter and see defeat.

If, while counseling, you notice that the person provides a detailed explanation of all the negativity in their life, understand that you cannot help them in that state. The first step to help such persons is to send them to the prayer hall to exercise their spirit. This creates the possibility for the Holy Spirit to land in the airport of their heart and furnish something new because they are currently only conscious of their defeats.

Note: This article was extracted from Apostle Arome Osayi’s teaching on faith with minor edits, but the examples are entirely his.

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