How you can walk by faith not by sight: 3 Ways
Have you ever been told to walk by faith, not by sight? Most of us have been told this for themselves. And it’s a great desire, because the concept comes from the Bible.
The verse is written in 2 Corinthians 5:7, where the Apostle Paul is explaining our temporary home, which he says is the earth and our human body. He’s likening it to the promise of eventually dwelling in heaven with the Savior and how great it will be. Paul is saying, “Yes, we know this idea is true but at times it’s hard to believe it based on our earthly difficulties and circumstances.” But he concludes that we all can walk by faith (what we don’t see) instead of by sight (what we do see). We’d all agree that’s what we should do. So how does that work?
Let’s discuss 3 things that will make this clear for you. Today many people want clarity for their lives. They desire the course God has created for them and also learn how to make a real difference in this life. And others also want to understand how circumstances will turn out.
Also, most people want to understand how God help our hard situation. So can we know? Should we expect to have details to the unknown since we are encouraged to walk by faith not by sight? Well, it all depends. Here are 3 things which are important if you’re going to do what Paul suggested.
1: Faith rests on something solid
The initial step to living by faith is having a conviction that a desired outcome will come to pass, irregardless of what we might see currently. By definition, “faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) But what shall you put belief in? Everybody has personal dreams. At times we hope for a thing to happen and then assume that it’s His will for our lives. We put our hope in it coming to pass, but are sometimes let down when it doesn’t occur.
How can this be avoided? Make certain to recognize the difference between something He has promised you instead of it being just a personal wish. For example, God told Abram to walk away from his long time residence and go to a place that He would later show him. Abram’s faith was founded on what God told him, not Abrams own idea.
It is tough to know the difference between our thoughts and God’s thoughts, so it’s imperative to first present our plans to Him and seek assurance that God is in favor of our decisions. Faith starts on the foundation of a God idea, not a personal plan. It’s sometimes hard to discern, but this is a strength you can develop and you’ll get better over time.
2. Faith will surely be tried and will present you with a decision to make
Once you determine your promise, challenges will test your decision. The Apostle realized that believing requires a decision to hold firm to something despite what circumstances may bring. To this point he stated in Romans 8:24, “…hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for the thing they already have?” I don’t know about yourself, but I don’t take delight in uncertainty. It’s hard. It seems like others around us don’t have it so difficult. Instead, we often think that our life is more challenging than theirs.
The verse I previously shared says that it’s simple to hope in what you already see, but that doesn’t require faith, does it? On the contrary, living by our faith at some point brings us right into circumstances that challenge our faith because things seem quite the opposite of the thing we desired. To recall Abram, he believed that God the Father would give him a son because God had so promised. Despite the promise, God waited until Abram was so old that he didn’t have the ability to father a child!
In this dilemma, Abram had a decision. Should he give up walking by faith and go by sight, or was Abram going to believe God to do what He said? Despite Abram making some mistakes, much like we do, God’s lovingkindness ultimately came to pass. Abram believed God and the story is now history. If you belong to Christ, you are a descendent of Abraham’s fulfilled promise today. Faith means hoping in the truth when when you can’t see how it will work, but hang on, because it’s worth it.
3. Faith calls for trust
Perhaps the most difficult part about walking by faith and not sight is that it requires trust. Trust isn’t difficult by itself, however it can be extremely hard if you’ve been let down by other people. Sometimes we anticipate God is similar to others who told us something, yet did something different. We’ve all encountered it before. Someone we know extends a promise to us and we have no reason to doubt they wouldn’t fulfill it. But then they break their promise.
It’s never easy when other people change their minds and go back on their word, and this erodes our trust and confidence over time. If you don’t watch out, this can also affect one’s ability to trust God. So what can we do about it? You must mend repair broken expectations from your past and choose to trust Christ regardless. Having trust in Him is the bottom line way to walk by faith and not by sight. Proverbs 3:5-6 explains to:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Living by faith means that we set aside our plans at times and trust in God anyway. This is hard, but it’s well worth the chance. If you are facing a situation currently and you can’t imagine how it’s gonna get resolved, choose to trust in Him the best you can. little bit that you can muster and do incredible things. All you need is faith the amount of a mustard seed.
So do you intend to walk by faith not by sight? Put these 3 principles in your current circumstance.
1. Let your faith on a promise.
2. Anticipate circumstances to challenge your hope, yet decide to have faith anyway.
3. Put your trust in Him, not in you.
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Whatever you do, don’t quit and continue advancing. Regardless of mistakes (like Abram), God is loving even when we’re not. (1 Timothy 2:13) Let this be your faith, and know that what God has promised, He is able to fulfill. That’s what he declared to Abram, and that’s the same thing He has promised to us also. You can be victorious!