How do I “walk by faith”? (2 Corinthians 5:7)

What we believe matters to our walk by faith.  The Bible says that without faith it’s impossible to please God, but the Bible also says that faith without works is dead. Meaning that it’s useless. 

I’ve been studying the faith of Abraham (once Abram) as he left all his family and believed God would provide him a land of his own.  That took faith!

Abraham quite literally “walked by faith”, but even with his example, I find it hard to really answer this one question, “How do I walk by faith?”

How do I walk by faith?

This is probably the number one question I had thinking about this verse. It’s great that men like Abraham, Abel, Noah, David, etc. all walked by faith, but what does it look like in my life. 

Obey the Spirit of God

The Bible tells us in Romans that the sons of God are led by the spirit of God (Romans 8:14). 

The one thing that all these great men of God have in common is that they obeyed the voice of God.  Even as I write this my brain is bringing up all my own excuses.  

My Brain’s Excuse:

That’s great but God spoke to them with audible voices – there was no mistaking it! 

Start with what you know to do

This is why that excuse isn’t valid for me (and probably you). 

It doesn’t even matter what way I currently hear the voice of God (whether I think I hear Him well or not) because I’m not doing all the things I know to do right now in His Word!

There are things in the Bible that I know are there, but that I’m not following 100%. 

The Big Picture:

Regardless of how good or bad you think you hear God, if you aren’t doing the things you find in the Word of God right now, He could yell at you in a big booming voice and you still probably wouldn’t do it! 

Abraham told the rich man in hell the same thing in Luke 16:29.  The rich man wanted to warn his family by sending an angel and Abraham said they have Moses and the prophets. So do we!   

There’s a lot to this topic and that’s why I built this blog post called Hearing Better or Doing Better? It covers a lot of what we’re discussing in this devo today – just in more detail.

It’s not about being perfect: do good

Let’s not become discouraged in doing good. Our faith is most prominent when we walk in the knowledge we already have.  

Perfection isn’t possible, but doing the things we know to do when we know to do them is possible. 

True peace and happiness comes from obedience.  

That’s why obedience is better than sacrifice.  Obedience follows faith and puts action to it.  Let’s show others around us our faith by our works as James tells us to do! (1 Samuel 15:22; James 2:18-20).