How do you walk by faith in a world full of violence? Crime, corruption, violence and natural disasters are making the news headlines on a daily basis. More and more marriages end up in divorce and many people are living under the threat of unemployment. Are you feeling the stress? You are not alone. But there is good news, you just won’t see it in the current news headlines.
If you follow the world news closely, you know by now that things are not well in the world. We get bombarded with bad news wherever we go. Whether you read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch television, it’s all about violence, crime, war, droughts, floods, etc. It leaves many people asking the question “what is everything coming to?” People are living in fear, thinking that everything is out of control.
World News Thrives On Sensation.
Some time ago I watched a documentary program on television about top journalists. One of these journalists started talking about how they would go on a journey through Africa. He mentioned that as they arrived in a country and the people were living in peace, with no real crime going on, or without being involved in war, or if there were no real disasters taking place such floods or famine, they would immediately pack up and leave. There would be no reason for them to stay there because…”there was not enough sensation to be newsworthy”.
It’s easy to respond to a statement like that and feel offended by that attitude, but we all are guilty. We might not like what this man said, but there is much truth to it. People want sensation. That is what sells the newspapers. That is what makes televisions shows popular.
All over the world we find people who are living in fear, suffering from high levels of stress. People are fighting against depression. Depression is dangerous for your health, yet stress and depression are being accepted as part of everyday life.
All the ‘doom and gloom’ of the news is causing more and more stress and depression, yet what is the first thing you do when you walk in the door….pick up the newspaper or turn on the television to see the latest news. And then we wonder why we are suffering from depression….
But there is good news that will put things more into perspective.
Who And What Are You Focusing On?
I am not saying that you should never listen to the news or never read a newspaper. You need to stay informed about what is happening around you. But it gets dangerous when that is all you do. You get so focused on the problems in the world, the danger, the lack, the hatred, that eventually you get absorbed by it and that is all you see.
The devil likes making noise, and as long as he can keep your attention with the noise he’s making, he is going to make a lots of it.
On the other hand, God is just as busy, as a matter of fact even busier. He brings healing, He is protecting and He is blessing. The Holy Spirit is always busy and He is never silent. He is constantly speaking to you. He is always teaching us and reminding us of what Jesus has said to us. But He is gentle. He’s never going to scream at you, and He communicates to your spirit.
Many people claim that God never speaks to them and they’ve never heard His voice.
When you open your Bible and start reading, God is speaking to you. When you attend a church service, and you focus on receiving a message instead of who is preaching, God is speaking to you. When you avoided that accident by taking a detour for some unknown reason, because ‘something’ just told you to do so, God has spoken to you (let’s stop calling God ‘something’).
The problem is that when you get so caught up in all the noise and the turmoil of the world around you, it becomes easy to miss the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t get caught up in the reports of disaster. Get caught up in the glory. Begin to praise like never before. ~ Kenneth Copeland
To Walk By Faith You Have To Make The Word of God Final Authority In Your Life.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that living by faith is a passive lifestyle. It is a very active lifestyle.
When you start reading from the Bible and you study God’s Word, you will find that what is happening in the world today is actually no surprise to God. These events have been prophesied and Jesus said that we should see to it that we are not alarmed (Matthew 24:6 NIV). He carries on to give a description of these times and He further instructs us to pray and keep watch (be ready).
If we are alert and ready, we do not have to live in fear and doubt. All the promises of God are still alive and active today, but we need to pay attention and actively stand on those promises.
To walk by faith you have to make the Word of God the final authority in your life. But to make God’s Word the final authority you need to know what His Word says, and then you have to act on it.
It’s not just saying a prayer at night and then to passively wait and see what happens. Pray the Word of God over your situation and then stand in faith, taking action according to what you believe.
There are many good things happening in the world today, but they often don’t make the news. When you start paying attention, you’ll not only find these things, you’ll start to experience them.
16 Promises that can be found in the Bible (There are many more – but you can start with these):
- Deuteronomy 8:18 – About your success.
- Deuteronomy 28:1-14 – About blessing for obedience.
- Psalm 23 – About provision and protection.
- Psalm 91 – About protection.
- Psalm 103:2-5 – About healing.
- Isaiah 53:4-5 – About healing.
- Proverbs 4:20-22 – About healing.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 – Against fear and stress. To have a calm, well balanced mind.
- Philippians 4:6-7 – Against anxiety.
- Philippians 4:19 – For provision.
- John 10:10 – To enjoy life, have it in abundance and enjoy it.
- Malachi 3:10-2 – About provision.
- 3 John 2 – To be prosperous.
- Galatians 3:13-14, 29 – To be blessed.
- Luke 6:38 – About provision.
- Matthew 6:25-34 – About provision.
Put Your Faith Into Action.
Living by faith is not as boring as many people may think. To say the least, it’s a very exciting lifestyle.
Do you like winning? I know I do, and if God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?
For many years I have tried to accomplish things in my own strength. It was stressful and demanding to say the least. We’ve got broken in to at our house, I’ve lost a business and our car got stolen to mention but a few challenges.
We overcame them, but I must admit that I have allowed people to speak negatively into my life as well. They told me that I should remain realistic and face the realities around me. They told me that I cannot always expect God to answer my prayers….maybe His trying to teach me something. “Maybe it’s not His will to heal you right now…..” or “maybe they stole your car because God is trying to teach you something…..”
Those remarks didn’t make sense to me, because I knew what God’s Word said. God doesn’t need someone to bring harm to me and my family to teach me something. For me to be taught something, I need to learn what God says in His Word. And how can anybody say “God doesn’t want to heal you” when Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV) says “20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.”
I also knew that Romans 8:28 (NIV) says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.” This verse is sometimes taken out of context to justify why some bad things might happen to you and you just have to accept it, because in the end God will let it work out for the good, but you had to learn something in the process. That is not what that verse says. Look at the preceding verse – Romans 8:27 – which says “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” We should just read what the Bible says and not add anything to it.
The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God and in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. There is not one place in the Bible that I know of where God says it is His will for me to be sick, or for any harm to come to me or my family. I do see promises of protection, health, wellness and everything that is good. The enemy will try to bring harm to me (1 Peter 5:8), but looking at these scriptures, I know that whatever the enemy tries to bring against me, God is able to turn it around and ‘in all things work for the good of those who love Him’. Romans 8:31 (NIV) says “ What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?“, and verse 37 continues to say “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
In John 10:10 (NIV) Jesus says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”, but in the same verse He continues to say “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” So, who is stealing, killing and destroying? It is not God. Jesus came that we can have life to the full.
It is also not God who allows the thief (the devil) to steal kill and destroy. It is us.
We should be standing in faith. But Hosea 4:5-7 says “5 You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother— 6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. 7 The more priests there were, the more they sinned against me; they exchanged their glorious God[a] for something disgraceful.”
People are suffering due to a lack of knowledge. You cannot have faith in something or someone you know nothing about. You can’t go into battle if you don’t know what the battle is about. The Word of God is available to each and every one of us. We should take responsibility and learn about God’s Kingdom, about the way He wants us to live and about His purpose for us.
We need to learn about the armor of God and how to wear it (Ephesians 6:10-18). We need to learn that “….our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).
Once we gain knowledge of these things we should ask God for wisdom (James 1:5), to help us understand these things and how to apply it in our practical day to day living. Ask for wisdom to live under the protection of God and to live by faith.
I have recently written a guest post at Empowerment Moments Blog, where I ask the question “Do You Want to Live by Faith?” If that’s you, head over there and read more about what it takes to live by faith.
To Walk By Faith, You Need To Be In A Close Relationship With God.
To walk by faith, you need to be in a personal relationship with God. When you get close to God, it becomes easier to make His Word final authority in your life.
But it is not going to happen by itself. Romans 12:2 (NIV) says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
It is a daily process, but you will never regret it.
- What obstacles are standing in your way?
- What prevents you from living by faith?
- Do you really want to live by faith?