What Does Walking by Faith Look Like?
How many times have you needed an answer from God as you try to walk by faith?
I’m talking about a direct word from the Lord that will help you in your situation right now.
While we all know that God is eternal and doesn’t operate by our constraints of time, we can rest assured that He moves and acts on our behalf when we stand in faith on his Word.
We’re reminded in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we walk by faith and not by sight. But wait, what exactly does walking by faith look like?
The mere phrase denotes the activity of movement. Walking by faith means that you are embarking upon a journey. Along this voyage, you will have to do more than just believe.
You will have to be mindful of your thoughts, your words, and the actions you take – these are the fundamental steps to walk by faith in God. Here’s why:
1. Guard Your Thoughts.
Thoughts are spiritual seeds. They are the starting point of what eventually manifests in your life. Your thoughts determine how you react to situations and how you carry yourself in the world.
The things you think about also affect how you feel. In Philippians 4:8, God clearly gives us His standard of what we should think about. This is your key to walking in victory.
Many times when we are dealing with difficult situations, we are bombarded by negative thoughts. These thoughts include worry, doubt, and even tormenting fears. Our biggest battles are most often fought in our minds. Unless you guard your mind, you will continually walk in defeat.
The Word of God says in Proverbs 4:23 that we are to guard our thoughts. Isaiah 26:3 gives us the assurance of perfect peace when our minds stay on Him. In order to walk by faith, you must be conscious of what you are thinking. Not only must you be conscious of your thoughts, you must also ensure that your thoughts are lining up with God’s standard.
2. Mind Your Mouth.
What are you saying? It is easy to say “I’m trusting God” and “I’m waiting on Him”, but while you are waiting, what are you saying?
Are you speaking faith about the situation or are you giving voice to doubt and fear? Stop for a minute and think about how you described your dilemma in your last conversation. Did you say “I don’t know how this will work out”, or “Things look so bad, I don’t know what I am going to do?”
Your words must demonstrate your belief that God is working on your behalf. Matthew 12:37 shares that by your words you will be justified or condemned. The very words you speak out of your mouth will work in your favor, or they will work against you. It is up to you to decide.
In order to walk by faith, you must also speak confidently and boldly as if the situation has already been resolved positively in your favor. You must speak in faith like it is already done!
3. What Are You Doing?
The Word of God tells us that faith without works is dead. This means that we can’t simply pray and then delegate our work to God. He is not going to come down from His throne and do what He has given YOU the power and ability to do.
If you are praying for a new home, have you begun the home search process? Have you started saving money for the down payment? Are you researching the market for homes that fit your budget? Do you HAVE a budget?
If you are believing for a more desirable job, have you updated your resume? Are you seeking out additional training to enhance your skills?
Walking by faith means taking action. The walking requires setting a plan in place and doing the work that is required.
So, what’s the play call?
As we continue on this journey of walking by faith, let us be doers of the word, not just hearers only. (James 1:22)
As you begin taking the steps of faith, be encouraged knowing that God will meet you on the path to your victory!