One Step At A Time By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV,“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I remember years ago, I was at work making a copy on the copier machine. When the copy came out, the paper was completely blank. There was no image in sight. I held the paper up to the light to see if perhaps the image was just extremely light, but there was nothing. Right at that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and say, “Faith is not what is seen, but what is unseen.”

Although walking by faith is one of the greatest privileges of being a Christian, it’s also one of the most challenging aspects of being a Christian. Letting go of the temptation to rely on what our eyes can see, and instead live by faith and trust in a God we cannot see takes strength and perseverance. We can’t do it on our own. God fills us with His Holy Spirit and gives us His Holy Word to empower us to live for Him by faith.

God used a copier machine mishap to remind me that I am to walk by faith and not by sight. As we walk by faith, we learn more about who God is and how He is working in our lives. Although our walk of faith will not be trial-free, we are maturing in Christ Jesus as we journey with Him. So keep walking by faith, one step at a time.

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43 thoughts on “One Step At A Time By Faith

  1. This reminds me of what Jesus said to Thomas after the resurrection of Jesus in John 20- “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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  2. I like this, “our walk of faith will not be trial free.” So very true Dawn. What we have experienced is that faith cannot grow without trials. We have conflated faith with belief in society these days. Belief is in the mind but faith is how we live life trusting in something. Many people’s faith is not in God but it is obvious what they are trusting in. They trust in their money, their family, their government, their job until one day God takes those away. At that point they see their faith is in man, ‘self’, and they will see just how useless faith in man is.

    When we put our faith in God it means we are trusting in a God we can’t see. How easy is it to transition from trusting in man’s system, which we can see, to trusting in God whom we can’t see? The fact is it is very hard. Faith in ‘self’ is far more prevalent than we realize. Escaping it’s clutches, by necessity, will mean that we will have to endure many trials in the process for ‘self’ will not let go without a fight. The battle between these two is in an unseen realm within us. Just as our faith is ‘self’ is unseen and hidden (and wants it that way) our faith in God is not seen. We can only tell what our faith is in by the decisions we make and the actions we take. Most often, clarity of faith only comes in the most difficult and painful of experiences. When we are faced with life and death decisions we see whether our faith is in our own strength to get us out or to trust God through the situation.

    One example of this I will relay here. In our journey we faced a number of challenges where our faith was tested. On Feb. 20, 2011 we had to leave a motel we had stayed at because we no longer had any money to stay there. We wandered about Summerside, P.E.I. in the -3 C weather and wondered what to do. That night we ended up sleeping in a snowbank on our blankets. The temp was -9 Celcius. The next morning we were still alive, hungry and very cold, but still alive. Our blankets were frozen sheets because of our body warmth and now ruined. We had no means to dry them. We did have some money left so we could buy one night at another motel. This we did.

    That day in the motel room was the worst we ever spent inside. The hunger, stress, lack of sleep and homelessness had taken their toll. Wanda had a complete and utter meltdown. She wanted to call her family and escape the journey of faith God had led us on. Ida and Fanny, our daughters, refused to go with her and were determined to continue the journey of faith until God delivered us. I was caught in the middle. I didn’t want my family suffering but I didn’t want to quit the faith journey God was leading us on. The arguments went on late into the night. There was a lot of sobbing, anger and pain.

    Eventually we decided that faith in God was more important than faith in man, which was a broken stick anyways. The next day we had to leave the motel. We left our wet blankets, birdcage and most of what we had as belongings because they weighed us down. We were determined to leave P.E.I. even if we had to die in the cold. When we left the motel there was a strong wind which brought the temperature down to -25 C. We had to walk down a long highway as cars whizzed by in the blizzard. The police even stopped us but we were so determined just to leave the hellish island we were trapped on there was nothing they could do. The walking was hard but we stuck to our decision to trust God no matter what. God did come through for us that day with a miracle we did not expect but I’ll leave that story for another time.

    So faith is not seen, yes. Faith grows in trials, this is true. Faith pleases God. Oh man you don’t know the half of it. Let us learn the lessons of faith well for there is more life in faith in Jesus than anything else.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    http://www.uncompromisingfaith.ca

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    1. Wow Homer, thanks for sharing your story!! As I was reading what you wrote, this verse came to mind in Proverbs 29:25,“The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.”

      I can’t imagine what you and your family went through. Your faith in God through such difficulties is an inspiration. The fact that you are here to tell your story is a testimony to the faithfulness of God, and the rewards of walking by faith. We can overcome when we keep praying and persevering. Hope to hear the rest of your story in the near future!

      Thanks again, Blessings! 😊✝️

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  3. The primary reason we struggle in our faith is because we “see” through perception instead of what God said.

    You shared a great example of walking not by sight. Just because we can’t see what God is doing doesn’t mean He isn’t working behind the scenes.

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  4. Faith is not easy. It is done…one step after the next… each step building both trust and faith that God is with you even before you lift your leg to take the step.🚶‍♀️

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