By Ashtyn Washington
“WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT.”
It’s a simple command, but it can be so hard to actually put into action.
For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises].” - 2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP
Does the way that you live your life prove that you confidently believe in the promises of God? Does every action you take align with the idea that you completely trust God’s Word and plan for your life? Are you truly walking by faith and not by sight?
I’m not going to lie and act like it’s easy, especially because we’ve been conditioned to only do things that “make sense”. Often times, walking by faith requires you to do things that don’t make sense to you or anybody else. It didn’t make sense for me to quit my stable job to go into entrepreneurship. It didn’t make sense for me to move back to my hometown. None of it has made sense in the eyes of man, and that’s exactly why we can’t walk by sight.
If I was walking by sight, I would’ve waited to leave my job until I felt like I was financially secure. What does that say about my trust in God if He told me to leave knowing my financial situation? Often times, walking by sight instead of moving by faith indicates a disconnect between us and God.
When we are saved and enter into relationship with God, we acknowledge Him as not only our Savior but our Lord as well. This means that He becomes our master, ruler, and boss. So when He says go, we should go. When He says move, we should move because we are submitted to His Lordship and authority in our lives.
if you are struggling with walking by faith and not by sight, here are three tips for you:
SURRENDER FULLY TO CHRIST
If you are not fully surrendered to God, it will be very hard for you to walk by faith. When we surrender to God, we are laying down our will and our desires, and picking up God’s will and desire. When you begin to want what God wants, it will be easier to walk by faith even when it doesn’t make sense.
“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross daily [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].” - Luke 9:23 AMP
STAY IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH GOD
Because it doesn’t often make sense to walk by faith, it’s important to pray continually and without ceasing. That is how we stay up to date with what God is doing and get directions for where to go next. When we fail to communicate with God, we often fall back into walking by sight or simply doing what makes sense to us.
“Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 AMP
MOVE WHEN GOD SAYS MOVE
When you’re walking by faith, it’s important that you move immediately when God says move. If you don’t, you are giving Satan time to plant seeds of doubt, fear, and uncertainty. The time between Gods instruction and your obedience is Satan’s playground. Don’t give him any time to play with your mind.
“Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.” - 1 Peter 5:8 AMP
While walking by faith and not by sight may be difficult, it’s not impossible. Remember that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.