Walking in Faith
The Lord has taught me some further understanding about walking in faith, whereas I once thought that a Blind Step of Faith was incorrect. Faith believes in the unseen, walking in faith, not by sight. It’s a hope for something that is not yet – believing in the promises of God. Holding fast to the thing that is afar off and trusting that God is with me. Thank you Lord for opening my mind and teaching me about walking in faith. I pray that this post will help any readers.. and I pray that it is written on my heart, in Jesus name. Amen. -
In a previous post, Blind Step of Faith, I discussed how it is not advisable to blindly walk without guidance from the Lord. The post showed a few examples of how a character in the bible heard from the Lord, and then they walked. They did not know where they were going, but they obeyed God’s promises, direction, etc. What I failed to expand on in that post is that we already have God’s Word.
For example, Abraham -
Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
Abraham didn’t pray and say “Where Lord? I need a map. Show me the direction I should go.” The Lord said “I will show you..”, so Abraham departed. Abraham had no idea where to go, what to do, how to do it, as He promised “I will show you..” So in a sense, Abraham did take a blind step of faith, but was it really blind? Not really, because God had already spoken that He will show Abraham. He held onto the promise of God that’s been spoken.
So in my current situation in life, the storm beating up against this now peaceful temple (praise God), I have direction from the Lord, and tons of it. He has spoken via His Word, thank you Jesus. Does this mean that I wait on the Lord, sit on my hands, and do nothing in this situation? In the past, I have, but that was because God guided me at that time via multiple confirmations : Wait on the Lord.
Recently, I received guidance from 2 separate sources. They both pretty much said the same thing. “Trust that God is with you. We don’t need a road-map and we don’t need God to plot out every step we should take.” I need to trust that God is with me, and take steps that are wise. I need to realize that He has already promised. As I am walking in faith, I pray and acknowledge God in the situation (bring Him into it, not making Him an outsider). I am praying for doors to be opened, and doors to be closed. Then I let things naturally flow, resting in the fact that God is with me while I am walking.
As I dwelt on the storm, God wasn’t there (Peace was gone). After I acknowledged God and put Him first, thus walking with God in faith into the storm, peace is now with me. Psalms 23 – As I walk through the valley of death, I will not fear for you are with me. Peace. Praise God.
But, I still remain on some simple principles that are important steps while walking in faith so that I am not walking blindly:
- Prayerfully acknowledge God during all steps before they are taken – Even during the thinking process. Pray for opened doors and closed doors. Basically, bring God into the situation.
- Be certain that the steps that I dwell on are not of selfish desires
- Pray for guidance, words of wisdom, and words of knowledge
Or, we can sum it up in the word of Jesus – Be watchful and pray.
What happened is that I called someone for help last week and did not hear back from him. See, I could have “forced my will” and called the man again. But instead, I called God. “Lord, if this is not the path I am to go down, then please show me a shut door and open another.” I trusted God that however things go, He is with me. The man then contacted me the next day and we setup a meeting. Now, I continued to pray – “Lord, please lay on this man’s heart your righteousness. Please make it evident if I am to go down this path and whether this is the man that I should travel down it with. If it is not, please make it evident to me, close the door, and open another.” I am continuing to acknowledge God during every step of the way and walking in faith that He is with me, and that He will do what He has already promised.
See, it doesn’t mean I sit by the wayside and wait for the Lord to have a plane flyby with a banner “Go this way!” I have promises from God already. I am for you, not against you. I have a plan to prosper you and help you. I am with you. I will provide.. and the list goes on and on. I hold steadfast onto those promises, even though I do not see them materialized into the seen yet, but I count the Lord as faithful to His Word. He cannot deny Himself.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
I am fully persuaded and embrace the promises of God. I spend too much time saying “Now what Lord? Where now Lord? What do I do here Lord?” when I already have His promises. Walking in Faith doesn’t mean I blindly and haphazardly do things, thinking “The Lord is with me!”
There are certain principles that have to be followed, such as making wise decisions that line-up with the character of God. Unless I am reading the Word, there is no possible way that I can know what lines-up with God and what doesn’t. Walking in Faith is also walking with God, and if I do not know Him by reading the Word, then what exactly is it that I know? Me and my understandings…
God bless you and yours. Praise God, thank you Lord.