For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Walking by faith is the normal Christian lifestyle that is depicted in the Bible.
Most Christians today are walking by sight. I have heard ministers talk about how the Church has evolved from the days of the apostles. It seems like the total opposite is true! A comparison of the Church depicted in the book of Acts to the Church today causes me to believe that in many cases the Church has actually devolved.
The Church started out walking in the power of God and today this seems to be the exception rather than the rule. There are meetings where the power of God moves but for most churches it seems that this is measured more by emotional responses than by faith. I have been in services where people were overcome by the power of the Spirit but it seems today that most manifestations are from the flesh rather than a result of the Spirit moving.
My heart is grieved when talking to people because it seems we have devolved into sense ruled Christianity. I believe that an awakening is coming that will shake the earth but often wonder if this will affect the unsaved world more than the Church.
God has called us to walk by faith. Most Christians seem to be ruled by their senses.
How can a person know what is happening in the Spirit?
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)
The Word of God is our open door into the spirit realm.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (James 1:25)
The Word of God is a spiritual mirror. Just as we cannot determine whether or not our hair is combed by how we feel, we cannot discern spiritual things by how we feel. Our feelings are not dependable but the Word of God always is!
Did you know that you will never see yourself in a mirror? When you look into the mirror you will only see your reflection. None of us have seen ourselves with our eyes but we have all seen reflections.
I remember visiting a “fun house” during a family vacation while I was a child. They had a room full of mirrors. Some would make you look tall and skinny while others short and fat. How can we tell if the reflection we are looking at is accurate?
The Word of God provides us with a reflection of our spiritual selves. We have to look by faith. If someone asks you how you are doing don’t answer with the input that your physical senses are providing. Take a minute to look in the mirror of Scripture and describe what you see. This is what it means to walk by faith.
Faith does not deny physical symptoms or situations. True faith is willing to acknowledge the trials it is facing but it also will always default to the Word of God for an accurate description of its condition.
So how are you doing today?
I am blessed with all spiritual blessings! (Ephesians 1:3)
God has provided for my every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! (Philippians 4:19)
People will try and get our attention off of the Word because they are focused on the sense realm. If we have not been spending time studying God’s Word then it will not be hard for them to do so. This is why God told Joshua that his success depended on him meditating on the Word day and night (Joshua 1:8-9).
The world has no revelation of the spirit realm. They consider the things perceived by the five physical senses to be reality. A Christian is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) that has been made accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:3)! The questions for each one of us is whether we are going to pursue God and His Word or allow ourselves to continually be consumed by the sense realm around us.
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