We are called to walk by faith and not by sight. 2 Cor 5:7
Honestly, I find this challenging! My science background thoroughly trained me to observe data and draw a conclusion from what I saw. I was trained for years in this concept, plus I have a very practical, black and white personality. What a combination all this presents for a faith walk!
Do you Find this Hard, too?
Am I the only one? I would love you to comment below… do you struggle with walking by faith instead of by what you see in your circumstances? Do you believe regardless of what you see?
What is Faith, Anyway?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Faith is confidence and assurance in what we do not see. And we are challenged to walk by this confidence, which suggests action steps of faith. Faith is not just believing, but it proves itself in how we live. What action steps of faith are you taking today?
(In the photo above, I was walking on the beach in Florida recently, knowing that the fresh air, ocean breeze and sunshine would energize me!)
I believe faith is meant to be the foundation stone of our Christian walk in life in the New Covenant of Grace. We stand upon the rock of God’s unconditional love, convinced in our hearts that God is for us and not against us. We put our hope in the finished work of the cross – the many spiritual blessings that Jesus purchased for us by his sacrificial death. We are convinced, beyond a shadow of doubt, because God said so. We believe.
Faith is not, “I hope so.” Faith is, “I know so.”
Training in Faith
So, this is my scenario lately – I spend time each morning reminding myself of God’s truths and His blessings. I saturate my mind, I write in my journal, I proclaim out loud – all to build this knowing in my spirit. Since it doesn’t come naturally to me, I strive to enter the rest and peace of God by renewing my mind daily. And when circumstances smack me in the face opposing what I am believing for, I fall down and then get back up again. (I hope to be someone who doesn’t fall down in the future, but stays steady in faith!)
I read in my Jesus Calling Devotional this morning (February 11) that God is training me to “practice peace that overpowers darkness.” I am in training! Well, at least it’s for something that I go through this!
What is the Object of my Faith?
I have a tendency to fix my eyes on the circumstances that are difficult and on my faith struggle – on all the wrong stuff.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne. Think of what he went through; how he put up with so much hatred from sinners! So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up . . . so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:2-3 GNB and NIV
So Lord, today, I fix my eyes on you, Jesus, and I thank you that you are training me in peace and faith. Give me a stronger and stronger ability to believe you, trust you, and see you when there is darkness in my life. May I become a warrior of faith – strong in the midst of battle! Thank you for all you have done for me. You are an amazing Savior. Amen.
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