Walk by faith no matter what you see! No matter what you feel! No matter your circumstances! No matter what anyone says! No matter what the devil throws at you! My ministry used to be called Walk by Faith Ministry. My beloved pastor who has since gone to be with the Lord said to me long ago, “What’s the name of your ministry?”
“Walk by Faith Ministry,” I replied.
“Then you might try doing it,” he said.
He lovingly, heartily, laughingly, but entirely seriously reprimanded me courtesy what I am convinced was the prompting of the Holy Spirit for NOT walking by faith as I should have been doing. As we are all supposed to do.
We are forgiven by God and promised everlasting life by His grace THROUGH OUR FAITH in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection. We are to turn from our sins to God and His ways. But this is only the BEGINNING of a forever relationship with Him. For the remainder of our time on this earth, we need to learn to WALK BY FAITH. To LIVE BY FAITH. To live for the Lord according to the Lord’s ways as He teaches us in the Bible. To live filled with and led by His Spirit who directs us according to the Bible, His Word. To live by FAITH NOT IN OURSELVES, NOT IN THIS WORLD, NOT IN THE WORLD’S WAYS, but by FAITH IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
We are to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and follow Jesus Christ as Lord, but our belief is not to be a one-time placing our trust in Him. Day by day, we are to learn to live not based on our circumstances, challenges, trials, tribulations, good stuff, bad stuff, the world’s ways, our wishes, wants, and ways, what the devil throws at us, what our feelings have to say about anything, what others are doing or saying, what the media says, our opinions or anyone else’s, what we see with our physical eyes all around us, etc.
We are not to live continually reacting and responding to everything and everyone around us whereby we are little lords of our own little lives and live according to the world’s ways and standards and based on our fleshly thoughts and feelings. We are to live with our hearts and lives submitted to the lordship and sovereignty of God almighty with our faith placed solidly in Him and the Bible. The Lord is to lead us through our lives, we are to be yielded to Him and the leading of His Holy Spirit, whereby we live in response to HIS LEADERSHIP AND LORDSHIP!
Even when our circumstances are hard, even when life seems impossible, even when we don’t like or aren’t comfortable with God’s will for us, even when God’s plan for us seems like it will never come to pass, even when God gives us instructions that make no sense, even when the media and what everyone is saying and doing runs totally opposite of what the Bible says, WE ARE TO WALK BY FAITH. WE ARE TO LIVE BY FAITH. WE ARE TO LIVE FOR THE LORD! WE ARE TO LIVE IN LOVE FOR AND OBEDIENCE TO HIM! NO MATTER WHAT! No matter the cost to our flesh! No matter the dying to self we must do in order to do so! In order to fully faithfully and humbly follow Jesus as LORD!
When the Lord used my pastor years ago to reprimand me and remind me to walk by faith, I had lots of learning and growing to do. I still do! And I’m bound and determined in the Lord’s love for me and mine for Him to learn how to live in a manner pleasing to Him. To learn to genuinely, wholeheartedly, no matter the cost to my flesh and comfort and personal desires, deny self, take up my cross, and learn to live day in and day out WITH FAITH IN, EXCEEDING LOVE FOR, TOTAL DEVOTION TO, AND OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!
How about you? Are you living WITH FAITH IN, EXCEEDING LOVE FOR, TOTAL DEVOTION TO, AND OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? Oh, may it be so!
Father God, thank you for reminding me of this vitally important message. Thank you for using these messages you give me to write to reach people worldwide – including me! Thank you for your longsuffering with your children as we learn to walk in your ways. Father, help us all to surrender ourselves wholly and wholeheartedly TO YOU, dear God! Help us to walk by faith! And when we fall and resort to living according to what we see, based on our feelings, in reaction to the world around us, in response to people and not to you, in any way other than the way you desire we live, help us to return to learning to walk by faith – WITH YOU, forever and ever, AMEN! For those reading this who are not saved and promised everlasting life, Father, please lead them to repentance and to a forever relationship with you. AMEN!
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “FOR YET A LITTLE WHILE, AND HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME AND WILL NOT TARRY. NOW THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; BUT IF ANYONE DRAWS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:36-39