For we walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Christianity is a life of faith. Everything a Christian does must be by faith to be accepted of the Lord. Romans 14:23 says, “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans 1:17 tells us that “…the just shall live by faith.” So, faith is the conscious lifestyle of the believer. The Word of God teaches us that faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). There’s a system in this world with tests, trials and temptations that we must overcome on a daily basis, and our faith is what guarantees our victory.
Through study and meditation on the Word, your faith grows and prevails; your focus, therefore, must always be on God’s Word, and not on circumstances. Refuse to be moved by what you feel, or what your senses tell you. Man became a slave to his senses through Adam’s transgression; his spirit became subject to his senses. Romans 8:8 tells us that those who are controlled by their senses—the flesh—cannot please God. But thanks be unto God; the ninth verse says, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you….”
If you’re born again, you’re born of the Spirit and are therefore required to walk in the Spirit; that means living the Word, seeing only from God’s perspective. Your outlook on life should be from the standpoint of faith, the standpoint of the Word. A man can either walk by faith or by his senses. The Bible says, “…They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God…” (Romans 9:8). The children of the flesh are those who are ruled and dominated by their senses. Instead of walking by faith, they’re controlled by what they can physically see, hear, touch/feel, taste or smell.
The Bible says we “…look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). You must live as a man or woman of faith every day, by disregarding temporal circumstances and focusing on the eternal realities of our heavenly Kingdom. Remember, without faith it’s impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
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I refuse to let my feelings dictate the circumstances of my life; rather, I choose to be controlled by the Spirit, being led by Him and motivated by the Word, which I live by, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 8:12-14; 1 John 5:4