For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, not just someone who “believes in God” or “identifies as a Christian”. My faith in Jesus is the foundation of my very existence.
To have faith and trust in Jesus means to be obedient to Him at all times. This means that I’m not just a Christian only on Sundays or on major occasions like Easter or Christmas, Jesus expects me to deny myself and follow Him every single moment of my life.
Can I (or any other born again believer for that matter) do this alone, in our own strength? NO. It’s impossible. Jesus Himself makes his abundantly clear:
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:4-6 (NKJV)
I am educated and I am experienced but I will humbly admit that I am nothing without Christ my LORD, without His Holy Spirit leading me and guiding me in every aspect of my life every day. All that is “good” about me and all the “accomplishments” I am credited with, is because of the LORD my God. To be clear, I have to do my part but when I do it to the best of my abilities in faith, the results are mind-blowing!
So, what does it mean to live by faith?
It means that we look to God for wisdom and direction daily, by spending time in His Word (the Bible), in prayer and yielding to His Spirit (Holy Spirit) daily.
It means that we ask the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Jesus) to help us be like Jesus, to think, speak, act and love like Jesus daily.
When we live by faith, we are blessed and God is glorified.
What’s wrong with living by sight?
Contrast this with living by sight where people decide that they are the masters of their own destiny and you will find those who are
- broken and despairing,
- chasing after success and wealth but never satisfied,
- constantly seeking the approval of others to boost their self-esteem,
- unaware or unsure of their overall worth,
Why would anyone want to live such a miserable life?
What about you?
Are you trying to live life in your own strength, based on what you see and what you know (or think you know)?
How’s that been working out for you?
There’s a better way. In fact, He is the best Way, the Only Way.
Say no to yourself, say yes to Jesus and you will see how God’s love will transform you and change your life in ways you can’t fathom.
If you want to know more about Jesus, feel free to ask me.
God bless you.