Is your feeling that faith means to be willing to step off into the dark? Is it a scarry thing?
Is there a better understanding of faith than you now hold? The improvement of your life depends on an increasingly better understanding
of God’s way of looking at life.
I’m not referring to increasing your pile of man designed doctrine. In this article, I’m investigating something that could lead to a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus.
We’ve all heard many teachings, sermons, and opinions about what it means to walk through our earthly lives by faith. Much of the time, the ones that I’ve heard (and taught myself) are not inaccurate. They are merely incomplete thoughts.
The path of those in right standing with God and His Kingdom grows increasingly brighter (Prov. 4:18) as we make it our highest priority (Matt. 6:33).
One of the most well-known scriptures about the subject of faith is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” It certainly sounds like that means that faith is stepping off into the dark, doesn’t it?
However, there is a better understanding of that statement that is, actually, gloriously positive:
Faith is not a thing. It is not a reasoned-out doctrinal position. It is the realm of real, vibrant life that we move about within.
For example, A person lives in the realm (or land) that is peaceful, and harmonious in quality of life. Another person may live their lives in a place that is constantly, by nature, an atmosphere of fear, and striving.
The word ‘sight’ in that verse is never used referring to things that people see with their eyes. I.e., “My eyes see that she is wearing a blue dress.”
It always refers to the way one views what they are looking at. It’s about how a person perceives a thing. I.e., “The blue dress she is wearing doesn’t look good on her. Is she trying to look dowdy?”
Please permit my paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 5:7, “We are walking in the beautiful land of faith. What we don’t perceive is darkness. We see the hope-filled light.”
It is common that most people judge that faith is like stepping out of the light into the dark. Reality Check: That is the perspective of natural thinking of the flesh.
We will never enjoy life, nor grow in the experience of peace, joy, and love if we allow natural reasoning to dictate how we think and perceive God’s realities.
To walk in the land of faith is to detach our thinking from the perception that it is a dark, stress-filled place. Instead, walking in faith is choosing to attach ourselves to a realm where the light of clear confidence saturates our being. It means living our lives in the joyful light of God’s mighty, beautiful, creative, and satisfying presence.
Yes, the natural ‘reality thinking’ of the flesh will balk as we take on a new (more correct) mind-set. But as we keep making the better choice of how we perceive what it means to walk by faith, the flesh’s dominance over our thinking withers.
To walk by faith (the best part) is to be attached to knowing the reality and depth of God’s character and quality of life. It also helps us clearly see His attitude toward our “neighbors.”
God is not calling us to be unsure and afraid (as we call it faith). His desire is for us to leave the darkness behind, and sit beside Him at His banquet table as our enemies look on heads hung low in defeat.
The re-trained (renewed) mind faces steps of faith like, “Okay, this is going to be good,” instead of (deep-tense-breath) Okay…here I go.”
Don’t you want to live the God-kind of faith where there is no darkness nor shadow of turning? That’s your inheritance. You can begin spending it now!