Walking by Faith

Posted: October 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

What are you going through right now? What obstacle is in your path that seems overwhelming? Is it an addiction? An unfavorable doctor’s report? A failing marriage or financial strain? There will always be struggles, but they don’t have to be overwhelming. It’s all a matter of how we respond to these trials.

Paul summed it up very nicely with just one statement. In 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NASB) he said, For we walk by faith, not by sight. Another version says it this way, We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.

In just one verse Paul lays out the answer and also the problem.

Let’s face it, for most of us the reality is we walk by sight and not by faith. We focus on what we see and feel. Our problems are overwhelming and the more overwhelming they are the more we focus on them. What does it even mean to walk by faith anyway? A good place to start is with your Bible.

2 Timothy 3:16 (NCV) says, All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right.

That seems pretty straight forward doesn’t it? Or maybe this is too broad of an answer. What about your specific problem? Is your issue a bad doctor’s report? James 5:15 (NCV) says, The prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will heal that person. Are you having problems in your marriage? Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. Ephesians 5:25 (NCV). Wives, yield to the authority of your husbands, because this is the right thing to do in the Lord. Colossians 3:18 (NCV). Are you struggling with an addiction? Galatians 5:1 (NCV) says, We have freedom now, because Christ made us free.

Here’s the point. God wants you to simply believe what His Word says and then live it out regardless of what you are going through. That’s walking by faith and not by sight.

Easier said than done I know. The problem is, we have lived our entire life reacting to circumstances. Whether events are good or bad we subconsciously have an emotional response which then results in corresponding actions. Walking by faith means we trust God and stand on what His Word says even if it flies in the face of what we are experiencing.

I realize most of you are completely lost right now. What I am saying makes absolutely no sense, but stop and think about that reaction. You are reacting to something that contradicts everything you have ever experienced, but how then do we relate to the Word of God? By faith. Romans 3:4 (TLB) says, Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is not. Do you remember what the book of Psalms says about this? That God’s words will always prove true and right, no matter who questions them.

The challenge for all of us is to lay aside what we feel or see and trust what God says. It’s not easy and it does not come naturally, but when we learn to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense there is no end to the joy and excitement life will have all because we have learned to walk by faith and not by sight.

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