1 Corinthians 4:13-18 (NIV) 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Do you ever feel challenged by God’s command to walk by faith? Although walking by faith is a privilege as a Christian, it is not always easy. It requires us to give God our hearts daily and trust Him wholeheartedly.
Living by faith does not mean that we ignore reality. Instead, it means we believe God for the best outcomes as we take life one day at a time and endure its challenges. Even when things do not go as we planned, we still by faith trust God to work all things together for our good as he promised he would in Roman 8:28, because we love him and are called according to his purpose
Living by faith means that we understand there is more to life than what we see. Faith believes in the unseen, and it propels us to move forward even when we do not understand. While walking by faith, we will encounter times of joy and hope, but also may encounter times of fear and uncertainty.
Nevertheless, we are commanded to not shrink back. Hebrews 10:38-39 says, “And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.”
*Feel free to share how you keep from shrinking back in your faith when you feel like giving up.