Sunday, November 20, 2011

Walking By Faith

Last week I heard one of the most profound messages about what it means to walk by faith. Pastor Jim Laffoon, a phenomenal man of God, delivered a prophetic message on faith while sharing the reality of his own family's fight for health and healing. I was reminded once again about the true meaning of walking by faith. It is in the uncertain and trying times when it seems that nothing is as it should be. The days when it takes a literal act of God to keep your mind from slipping out of your right ear because to think is to embrace a seeming unbearable pain. But God.

There are so many things in life that we didn't see coming around the corner and when we are pleasantly surprised we don't even question it. Truth be told, when we are in a long stretch of living the "good life" we may not even remember to offer thanks to God for His grace and mercy. But when the trials come we are quick to cry out to the Lord for guidance, comfort, and relief. This faith walk requires us to know and trust that our God can do anything but fail even when it seems like everything is failing in our lives. Our faith requires us to keep pushing, to keep believing, and to keep walking.

Walking by faith is a choice. We must choose to get up, look up, and reach up. The only way we know way we are made of is how we walk through the trials of life. God takes us from glory to glory and elevates us once He knows He can trust. Will we crumble in the face of adversity or will we stand on the foundation of an unshakable faith? Will we give in to the temptation to succumb to pressure and let life knock us out? Or will we stand? Or will we allow ourselves to be molded into the warrior world changers that we were created to be? Will we take this faith walk one step at time relying on our father to strengthen us for the journey?

I love the Message Bible translation of 1 Peter 1:6-7: I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

Three keys to practice when walking the faith walk:

1. Remind yourself of the last time God moved on your behalf. This will help fuel your faith for the current giant you are facing. In Exodus 3:7-8 it states: And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them...

2. Study God’s word because you may be missing out on key instructions and it will also boost your faith. We see in Romans 10:17 that ...faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

3. Keep your mind on eternity. I know this is hard one, but if we believe that God is in control and we believe that His word is true then we can take comfort in Hebrews 12 :2: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.