Learning To Walk–Part 5

2 Corinthians 5:7 ” We walk by faith, not by sight.”

Walking worthy of the Lord: We are to live our life in a way that expresses our esteem for the Lord. We are to live in a way that expresses how important the Lord is to us and how much we value our relationship with Him. Our life should also be an expression of our thankfulness for all that he has done for us. To do this we must walk by faith.

Walk by faith: Learning to walk by faith or in faith is necessary for our spiritual growth. Walking in faith is not walking according to the natural man. It is not walking (living life) according to man’s way of thinking.

The renewed mind: Walking by faith requires us following the direction of the renewed mind. The renewed mind has been programmed by the Holy Spirit to think on a higher plane. The renewed mind is receptive to the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit. It causes us to walk in new ways. To the degree our mind is renewed we are brought closer to God’s thoughts and God’s ways. As our level of thought is influenced more and more by God’s word and His Holy Spirit we will walk more and more by faith

The word of God: We must remember that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17. Walking by faith is following God’s will as revealed in His word and /or by His Spirit. It is not leaning upon our own understanding.

Trusting in the Lord: Walking by faith is trusting in the Lord with all our heart, leaning not on our own understanding, acknowledging him in all our ways, and following him as he directs our paths–Proverbs 3:5-6. God assures us that when we do these things He shall direct our paths. To acknowledge him in all our ways is to invite and give him admittance into all our ways. This is to recognize Him as Lord of our life. It is to place our life in His hands with the understanding that we will follow His direction.

Vision: To walk by faith is to follow the vision God gives us for our lives and ministry. If we seek God’s vision (his will) for our life, with the determination that we will follow His vision, He will be more than happy to reveal it to us. Sometimes we will receive this vision as we begin to seek it and sometimes it can take a year or more. This vision sometimes involves a new direction for our lives. Sometimes the vision will be in reference to a certain part of our life. Sometimes it will be related to long-term and sometimes it will be related to short-term. Almost always, it will involve other people and be related to other people. This is because we are not a lone ranger and because we do not live alone on an island. We are a part of the Body of Christ and have need of the other members. God wants us to work together in a shared vision. It is because God has us here for a reason and because He empowers us to have Christian Influence with, upon, and in the lives of other people. Because of this the time involved in seeking and receiving his vision can vary. Because sometimes it involves the lives of other people who must be prepared to accept the vision as it relates to their life. As we walk by faith God will often only reveal a little of the vision at a time. When God reveals His vision we must still seek His direction in when, where, and how the fulfillment of the vision is to take place. Throughout our living God’s vision we must continue day by day, week, by week, month by month, and year by year to trust in the Lord, to lean not on our own understanding, and to acknowledge him each step of the way. We must remember that the results of our living out God’s vision rests in His hands. “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit saith the Lord” Zechariah 4:6. We must remember that God is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20. As God reveals his vision and will, we must walk by faith, believing that with His help we will be able to accomplish it. As we walk by faith we will grow in our Christian Experience. We will experience God working in and through us both to will and to do of His good pleasure–Philippians 2:13.