Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Be Still My Soul

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

The Lord’s coming will be like a thief in the night. It will be a total surprise for those who do not watch for Him. Even when we are watching, we are sometimes caught off guard by unexpected mishaps. It will often be a moment of “glory,” but it might be when we are tired or weak. They are humbling experiences, but they test the metal of our character.

God is glorified in our weaknesses, and His joy is our strength. There are days, moments, and seasons in our lives when God takes us by surprise. This surprise may feel like a big blow to our dreams, hopes, and expectations. We may not even be conscious of it at that moment, but often those big surprises require us to lay ourselves at His feet and surrender to Him and the unknown. At times, I just have to smile and shake my head! Of course, this is God’s plan and purpose for my days. It is then that I become aware that I must remove my thoughts of fear and trust Him, knowing in my heart without any hesitation, that this is His plan and the path that He has placed before me. I must conclude that God has different plans for us as the years unfold. It demands a lot of faith! Faith not in ourselves and our abilities, but faith in our Jesus who loves us and walks with us in the path of life, a path filled with His Grace.

Christians make a life-changing commitment to love and follow Christ but often fail to live in the fullness that God has purposed for them. On such occasions, we must recommit our faith. We must never forget that the only thing worth holding on to in our lives is our faith. We must choose to put our faith in Christ throughout our lives, trusting that He is the Author of good things and the Giver of life even when our lives are not going the way we have planned.

In Hebrews 11:1 we read,

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 

There are times in our lives when things don’t look encouraging, when life is full and chaotic. We feel inadequate! But it is at this moment that we know and must be conscious that our faith is being put to the test even though we cannot see the purpose. It is hard to be confident in God while our path unfolds before us, and the circumstance or perhaps our mental state is bigger than we can imagine.

When the storms of life hit us, they almost always appear to be stronger to us than God’s Word. We cannot afford for a moment to allow our perceptions to control us! It can be very deceptive and damaging! So, my question is, what are we going to do when circumstances strike us, putting fear in our hearts? Where is our faith? God wants us to trust Him with all our mind, soul, and heart without hesitation. It is here that we must be of good courage, knowing that we must walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). It pleases our Father in heaven.

I find myself often asking God for the faith that I will need to trust Him in my life. And then I realize I must live in a state of humility amid my humanity. This is powerful! God intends for us to live in fellowship with Him. He wants me to trust His Grace because His Grace is sufficient for all I am lacking.

And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

Walking by faith is not the easiest road to take. It may not seem to be a road that makes any sense from the outside, but there are so many blessings filled with God’s presence and faithfulness, building our faith stronger and stronger as we draw nearer and walk closer to Him, the Author of all good things.

As we walk this path of life, we must turn our hearts and fix our eyes on Him, even as we face the unseen, walking by faith alone. If we walk not by sight, our vision becomes much more focused.

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). 

Is God asking you to trust Him perhaps today, with the assurance of things unseen? Remember, God gave His only begotten Son so that we may boldly live our lives, trusting Him instead of what is right in front of us.

May our Lord help us to walk our path of life by faith, trusting in His goodness and His Grace with that assurance of things unseen, believing that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Be Still My Soul: A Collection of Essays about Finding Hope and Encouragement in the Face of Suffering and Trials by Luci Partain. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!


We are happy to announce that our newest book – Why Am I Here? by Devin Roush – is now available!

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Why am I here?

All of us have asked this question. We search for meaning. We seek for a purpose. We want to have something worth living for.

How can we find it?

The Bible provides us with the answers we are seeking. It reveals where we came from, why we exist, and where we are going.

Can we trust the Bible?

The material in this short volume is designed to demonstrate the trustworthiness of the book we call the Bible and explain, in easy to understand language, what the Bible’s message is for us. It is filled with fascinating facts and questions to challenge your thinking. Have a Bible handy as you read and may God bless you in your search for the truth.

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Idolatry and Atheism

The Gospel Restored

The true faith, in its journeyings from the days of primitive man, has had to contend with powerful obstacles, and has never yet triumphed over them in such a manner as to become the religion of the world. It has suffered by foes and by friends: but idolatry and atheism have ever been its greatest enemies.

Atheism opposes it by a bold and direct denial of its proposition, and by asserting that there is no God. This, however, is a doctrine which has never been relished by a majority of mankind; though as in ancient so in modern times it has been very popular with a middle class of philosophers, and with such of the people as were unfitted by the defectiveness of their education to read the writings of profounder men, and more celebrated philosophers. The sentiment, then, is toto caeto adverse to the general proposition of revealed religion, and in its march among the people renders faith in God unnecessary by denying his existence.

Second to atheism in its birth and superior to it in influence with mankind has been idolatry, or the worship of false gods.—When man departed from the only true God he fell into a condition in which he was necessarily more exposed to that spirit which had seduced him from his original uprightness. Having become his prey we may be sure that so mighty and vile a conqueror would not easily resign his claims to that prey, but that every possible means would be put into requisition to frustrate the scheme of belief set afoot for our redemption.

The great adversary of God and man had upset the original institution. This admitted, we may well suppose, that his next effort would be directed against the remedial scheme by faith.—This was no mean enterprise, but called for a subtilty not inferior to that which was employed by him in his original design against the world. But how could faith in the general proposition of true religion be destroyed? By atheism? This was not sufficiently popular in its nature; and was moat likely to lose in practice what it promised in theory, and to be as feeble in effect as it was mighty in pretence. What was to be done?

Idolatry, and Satan is declared by scripture to be the author of it, idolatry was introduced; and this proved itself entirely adequate to the exigencies of the case, How? By substituting Polytheism for the true proposition, and knowledge for faith! Idolatry, by introducing the worshipper to sensible communion with the gods, exalted itself above the true religion, and by substituting knowledge for faith, rendered the last abortive, contemptible, and unnecessary; for the moment a man believed in an idol as God and yielded personal homage to it as such, instantly his faith in the true God evaporated and was abolished if he had heretofore held to that faith; and if he had not, then his first act of devotion sealed him idolatrous and made it impossible for him in future to participate in the blessings and rites of the true religion. Thus idolatry substituting false gods for the true God, and false knowledge for true faith, easily won upon the senses and impatience of mankind; and by its shows and fascinations marched triumphant through the world, destroying in its progress every vestige of revealed religion, and all the principles of faith and hope and love to which that religion gives birth, polluting and degrading the morals of mankind, till the benighted population of our globe were “filled with all unrighteousness.”

The above post is an excerpt from the book, The Gospel Restored by Walter Scott. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Measuring Faithfulness

Proving the Church of Christ

Many “measure” faithfulness by the number of times they assemble for worship and/or how much they give into the treasury. Such a falsehood is untaught in the sacred writing. Nonetheless, it is not often refuted by preachers and teachers desirous of large crowds and bulging coffers! WE CAN NOT LEAVE THE IMPRESSION MONEY CORRECTS LACKING FAITH.

It must be taught long and loud and extremely fervently: FAITHFULNESS IS LITERALLY “THE STATE OF BEING FULL OF FAITH!” To use the Hebrew writer’s definition, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It comes only by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). It is not obtained by occasionally assembling with the saints; not by the giving of some money rather than giving as one has prospered (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). Paul described faithful living in this fashion: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

As a Christian, one must constantly increase faithfulness in oneself. It is done by study (2 Timothy 2:15), by growth in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18), and must be completed daily (2 Corinthians 4:16). This allows us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10-17). So great is the need for faithfulness, John was told to write the following: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them” (Revelation 14:13). Did you notice where the dead die? IN THE LORD. Thus, it is not enough to just be faithful unto death; we must be faithful into death!

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Proving the Church of Christ by Michael J. Davis. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Many Other Signs

Plain Bible Study Guides

Read: John 20:30-31

John then added, “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book” (20:30). Even though there were four gospels written that discussed the life of Jesus, there were many things He did which were never recorded. However, John said, “But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31). What has been recorded is there to lead us to belief so that we can be saved. The inspired record is sufficient to do this.

The above post is an excerpt from the John Study Guide. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!