Walk By Faith
Scripture for today is 1 John 5:4: "For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." The faith John is talking about is the faith that brings hope. Faith is so misunderstood even by many well mean Christians.
We often think that faith is our duty, or something we can give back to God. In reality, we cannot even do that on our own. There is nothing we can give to God. We must rely on Him for everything, even our faith. When we accept it as His precious gift, we find victory over sin and trials. We could never have this victory if we relied only on our own weak human faith. Faith does not always provide exemption from suffering, but it does keep us from being defeated at the hands of suffering. And by the way, we do have the responsibility to add to and grow in faith.
Carl Muller tells a story that describes a faith that overcomes trials. “I met secretly with a courageous believer who had been forced to hang from his ankles or wrists every day, subjected to repeated beatings and was crammed in a three-foot square box for three weeks.
Racked by memories of the agony he’d been through, Aran had been looking at me with a pained expression until I asked the question, “What were you thinking or feeling during that time?”
His face completely changed. A huge smile broke across it, and he gave me two thumbs up.
What was he thinking…?
Aran simply said, “That I was counted worthy to suffer for Jesus Christ.”
Sometimes it is extra hard to Stand Strong through the Storms and trials. Satan wants to dishearten us and create hopelessness through trials and storms of suffering. By faith we can experience God’s restoration of our hope, the oxygen of the human spirit.
Do two things right now.
First is to respond by making up your mind that you will rely on the Lord to walk by faith and not by sight, no matter what happens.
Secondly is to pray this prayer with a sincere heart. "Lord, help me to ignore Satan's lies and live victoriously today by faith in the hope which only You can give and restore, Amen!" God Bless!