Living By Faith

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This is how we are to live: we are to live by faith. By faith we believe in a God that we cannot see. We believe He made this visible world out of the invisible. So if He made the visible, isn’t the invisible just as real? We believe by faith that he rewards those who crave Him. This is how we live. We live by faith. we follow the footsteps of those that are called by God.

By faith we believe that the mundane of washing dishes and waking up in the middle of the night to care for a sick child is important because God says so.  We take care of others whether it be changing bedpans in a hospital or bringing food to a sick friend. God says we are to take the form of a servant, just as Jesus took the form of a servant. We are to serve because He says serving matters and it makes a difference in this world.

By faith we go on a journey that God sets out before us even when we don’t know where that journey will lead to. Even when we have no clue and cannot foresee the future, we have faith that God himself has put us on this path. We go and we seek and we journey and we get tired but we keep going because God say that we are to obey Him when He tells us to GO.

By faith we choose to care more about the invisible than the visible. By faith we say that whether we  live in a tiny rented apartment or have a brand new house, we can use whatever God chooses to give us for him.  We use it for Him because we can honor Him with our visible things by using them for the invisible workings of His kingdom.

By faith we believe that we have a purpose. We were created for more than this life, and this life will never truly satisfy. By faith when we are low and we are hurt we turn to Jesus.

By faith we deny the flesh and feed the spirit. We choose to believe that losing our life and what we thought we wanted is what needed to happen in order for us to find fulfillment in Him. Jesus says “whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” We choose to be more outward focused than inward focused, looking for those that need Jesus, and need a word of encouragement and truth spoken in their life. By faith I turn away from feeding my own desires and instead work to feed those that are around me. I choose to reach higher and aim farther because I am going to meet Jesus. I love Him. He is worth it. He is so wonderful, more than anything I could ever have begun to imagine. He is here and He is with us.  The Lord is watching the whole earth carefully, and is ready to strengthen those who are devoted to Him.

By faith I believe that God answers the prayers we pray. He answers them whether it feels like our prayers are not reaching higher than the ceiling, or whether we can feel His presence when we pray. By faith we believe it when he says “The prayers of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” We are made righteous through the blood of Christ so the Lord says my prayers matter and they do make a difference.

By faith we do not give into fear. We don’t give in to the fear of other people’s opinions or their judgement or what they think I should do. Instead we choose to find our identity in Christ and in Him alone. We do not let fear rule us or have control over us. We push it aside and choose to overcome any obstacles and barriers that can keep us from following hard after Jesus.

By faith we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. We keep our eyes on Him and Him alone. We remember He will never fail us. He is and was, and is to comeJesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.

What can we accomplish through faith in Him?

Inspired by Hebrews 11

Linking up with Holley Gerth and Jennifer Dukes Lee to share my life.

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8 thoughts on “Living By Faith

    1. kortneystanis Post author

      Thanks Diane! your words really convicted me…I should be learning how to teach in front of others. I am taking steps in order to be able to do that. Thank you for stopping by!

      Reply
  1. stoopingformanna

    Oh… this one is a keeper and for some journal-reflection time. Thank you for this moving and thoughtful message today. I’m glad I stopped by your place… and I’ll be back for more! 🙂

    Reply
    1. kortneystanis Post author

      Thanks so much for stopping! This has been on my heart for a long time. God is continuing to grow my hunger for Him and for that invisible world that men and women have lived and died for.

      Reply

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