What does it actually mean to walk by faith and not by sight?
Many of us have heard this but do we understand how to apply it in a practical sense? How are you and I to walk this out?
I have a dear friend who is very pragmatic in her approach to life; actually the very epitome thereof and she has such a saavy and mind for a no-nonsense business approach to life. Her example has instilled into me a sense of excellence that has helped to move me in the process of bringing me to where I am today. This has helped forge in me a quest for excellence and that builds character in a very pronounced way, which is by the way a process that one does not obtain overnight.
It is acquired through diligent steps of consistent action. It is being shown what it takes to advance in all of life while applying principles centered and anchored in the Kingdom of God while guided by scripture; line by line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little.
This involves applying wisdom and gaining understanding. (Proverbs 3:13-24) I urge you to read and pray this passage daily; it will transform your life as you apply it.
However, where do we start?
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. (Jude 1:20-22)
I see a formula here, do you?
1. Build yourself up; in and through your most holy faith. A faith that sets you apart, not based solely in what you know you can do but centered in the Living God who can do all things abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20); a faith that purifies your choices, through every prayer and thought that has a scripture behind it. This is foundational. Otherwise we tend to lean upon our own understanding which will get us into trouble if we are not careful.
Be mindful with the Word of God at your helm. “All Scripture
is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17). Be washed by the water of the Word of God in your mind.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1,2) Don’t be conned into forming your basis of thinking to the ways of this world. But rather be “transformed” by the renewing of your mind through the Word of God. As a man thinks in his heart so is he. May we cultivate hearts that will help to re-shape cities, states and nations and thus transform a world.
My focus in this arena happens to be in the arts and entertainment industry; to be instrumental in crafting new scripts for society to reference. In my instance to screen write telling God’s story depicted in writing, in word, in song, music, motion picture and crafting of art. I say lets overshadow Hollywood and transform our media and avenues of entertaiment.
It is long overdue. The possibilities are infinite. It is time for such a new sound and it is coming forth per God’s plan. I desire to co-create within such a plan.
Summed up this is faith-filled prayer in the Holy Spirit. Not by ones own power and might but “by my Spirit” says the Lord, within such we are to build.
2. Keep yourselves in the Love of God; relying upon His mercy and grace.
3. Have mercy upon those whose faith wavers and who are tossed about with doubt and fear. All of us experience this to some extent in our lives and should encourage, uplift and uphold one another. Be one who is willing to be a partner with God’s saving grace without respect to person, with loving compassion. Love from the love that God has for you and do so unconditionally, endlessly and sacrificially. Be generous liberally. Give and it shall be given unto you. Good measure, shaken down, running over. With the same measure that you measure it out it shall be measured unto you again, poured into your lap so that you can pour out again and again. This instigates and fuels Kingdom prosperity. God says to “prove me herewith”. (Luke6:38)
4. May we have a disdain or aversion to ways or practices that cater to the gratification of self-centered driven motives. Become self-less, willing to remain nameless and faceless to see God glorified to the fullest extent possible. With God “all” things are possible through faith in His principles. You are “an impossible possibility” in and through Jesus Christ. Be a willing testament to such. This is my heart’s cry; for you and I.
One simple formula to apply here; “pray and take action”, walking out your prayers. Determine you will be willing to walk out the story God has written for you. Yes, we all have one! God is not a respecter of person. He gives gifts to each and all. Do we offer them up to Him in faith-filled anticipation in what He do through such willing vessels and potential trophies of His grace?
“Every high thing must come down that is in contrast to such. Jesus came and overcame all for you and I through His ultimate sacrifice on His cross. May we take up our cross and follow in like manner looking unto Him, the author and finisher of our faith who “for the joy set before him” endured the cross and despised the shame and it set down at the right hand of the Father. Raised with Him, we sit in heavenly placement and our lives which we can choose to lay down to help bring that heavenly realm into this earthly life wherein we live and move and have our being.
Persevere with the fruits of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Let’s get started!
There is one simple formula I propose and that is to “pray and act”. Begin right here and now. God is waiting to meet you at the crossroads.