Walking With God: By Faith, Not Sight

Determine this week to not be driven by circumstances, by emotions or even by well-meaning people. What we see is undoubtedly real, painful and difficult at times or it can be prosperous, exciting and easy too.

Relying though on our either set of these to determine how we approach the day can be unhelpful. Perhaps we can become confused about Gods whereabouts in the midst of all that is happening or we as things are going well, we drift towards being  more self-sufficient than we should.

Sight is important but as believers we are encouraged to not walk by sight but by faith [2 Corinthians 7:7]. This doesn’t mean we ignore all which is happening around us hoping it will go away or walk around with our eyes shut.

It means we learn to see beyond our current position. To see not only with natural eyes but with spiritual eyes. The eyes of faith. Trusting confidently in our God who said He would never leave us. In our God who promised He could work out all things for the good of those who loved Him and were called according to His purpose.

Learn to walk by faith.

Learn to walk by faith in all things.

Learn to walk by faith in all things, good or bad.

Learn to walk by faith in all things, good or bad, to maintain a strong healthy walk with God.

How do we learn to walk by faith? Practice. This week, be deliberate in choosing the path of faith and keep on walking, one step at a time. When you feel like giving up, instruct yourself to stay in faith. Remember, God is faithful and He is with you, whatever is going on right now.

What do you need to walk by faith in right now? Pray for a confidence in God, to keep walking and to stay close to Him.

Remember, God Knows You

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You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, but by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing to something [Psalm 139:15 Message]

3 days in to 2017, no mishaps yet. But I’m sure there will be one or two at some stage.

At those moments I have to remind myself that I am not measured by my levels of perfection or the attainment of a certain performance.

At those moments I have to remind myself that my worth and value are measured differently, not by what I am but whose I am.

At those moments I have to remind myself that I am Gods, how He loves me, how He knows me and that He is the one who desired for me to exist.

When I know whose I am and where I have come from, I am better placed to journey through anything that may come my way.

7 Benefits for Calling on God

Amidst the frustrations of life, the friends who may let us down, the noise of the world and the general ‘gubbins’ of life it is important to remember we can call on the Lord. My daughter has just written today about prayer – you can read it here

Psalm 55 reminds us to act in a certain way when others things which are happening may cause us to want to behave in another way.

But I call to God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and He hears my voice [Psalm 55:16-17 ESV]

Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved [Psalm 55:22 ESV]

Whatever is happening right now, be it good, bad or ugly, take time to call on God, raise your voice to Him, cast your burdens on Him and invite Him in to every part of your life.

He hears our voice, our complaint, our concerns, the cry of our hearts

He redeems our soul and keeps us safe

He sustains us

He does not allow us to be moved or defeated by the words or actions of others

He overcomes the noise of others

He willingly attends to us and answers us

He is better than the best of friends

What beautiful promises, straight from the Word of God. How do these encourage you?

God Has Our Back

“Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me!” Psalms‬ ‭35:24‬ ‭ESV

We can be guilty sometimes of expending far too much energy fighting for different things..

  • for our rights
  • for our opinion to be heard
  • for justifying our decisions
  • for getting ahead of others
  • for protecting ourselves

Walking with God can bring about awkward moments, difficult decisions and maybe cause conflict with those in our world. But here’s what we must do…

Remember to call upon the Lord. 

Remember that the Lord is with you, in all things. 

Remember you are the Lords. 

Inam challenged that instead of trying to work it out for myself I need  the cry of ‘vindicate me’ be my shout. 

In doing so I am remembering that He will vindicate me. He will clear me of blame or suspicion. He will make things right. He will bring justice if needed. He will reward me for standing in faith.