I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Are you walking by faith?
Do you think about what Jesus did on the cross? Do you realize God gave you the same power through salvation? How does this make you feel? Energized? Encouraged? If you are walking by faith, you understand:
- The life you live is not by your power.
Luke 10:19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
- You live by faith.
Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written, “The just and upright shall live by faith.” (Amplified Bible AMP)
- Because of your relationship with God Almighty, greater works will you do.
John 14:12 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as Savior] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father. (Amplified Bible AMP)
It’s important to remember these truths as you live your life each day and as you are engaged in spiritual warfare. Jesus didn’t die for you to be knocked around by the enemy. He died for you to have victory and to walk in authority and power.
1 John 5:4 For everyone born of God is victorious and overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has conquered and overcome the world—our [continuing, persistent] faith [in Jesus the Son of God]. (Amplified Bible AMP)
Don’t confuse victory in Christ with getting whatever you want. Victory in Christ is the power to say no to temptation, the power to praise in the midst of storms, the power to love the unlovely, etc. Walk worthy of the price that was paid for you to have the power of God. Walk in faith.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I have heard believers say, “we walk by faith and not by sight” all my life. So often it seemed like a mantra instead of a way of life. I repent for every time I made that statement because I was waiting to get something I wanted for myself. It could have been accomplishing a task or achieving a goal. Sadly, it didn’t matter if I believed You wanted it for me. Now, I understand my faith walk is an everyday activity, not a slogan. It is not about accomplishing a particular thing. It’s about standing strong. It’s about seeking You and believing Your promises. It is about not being distraught and dismayed when things don’t go my way. It is about believing that You are lord of over the uncomfortable things that happen in my life, not just the things that make me smile. I have to believe the thoughts You have for me are good. I have to believe there is a plan for my life. When I can believe those things, I can walk by faith…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.