Faith Regulates the Believer’s Walk

Regulating our walk, faith gives us confident access to God with boldness from where we receive strength to fight our spiritual battles. The stillness of the soul in times of trials speaks greatly about faith; knowledge and understanding carried out through faith sparkle the varied sides of God’s faithfulness and wisdom, for we are His representatives; His ministers fulfilling His plan for mankind.  Faith brings us into conviction of sin. It is the substance of our confidence in YAHSHUA’S work of redemption through which we are “purified from a guilty conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.” (Heb. 10:22b)  God has blessed us with faith, but we must exercise it. It is in our trials that it will shine, if we let it.  Faith does not spring forth out of nothing; but out of trials. Applied faith in the substance of God’s promise is indeed being regulated by it.

Why don’t we always succeed in applying faith when in trials? The matter of the fact is that we look for tangible things and not the invisible where faith resides. God’s ultimate promise for the believer which gives hope for our future is the promise of his redemption. That brings us hope in our trouble and guided by faith, we look forwardly and not backwardly, for life does not end in our present trials. Faith always leads forwardly, but fear backwardly. That should be a warning to us to change direction of our focus. YAHSHUA said, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62); it is the thing that the writer to the Hebrews emphasized, Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6).  When we look back we are listening to the spirit of fear, which brings in us the feeling of punishment, guilt and remorse. Being an evil spirit, fear destroys and deceives our soul to believe its lies. When there is no feeling of peace in our heart, we should know that is it fear regulating our emotions and bringing us to the point of despair. Peace exists even in the worst circumstance the believer goes through when faith regulates his life and emotions. When the disciples went through storms YAHSHUA warned them not to fear, but to have faith. His presence was all sufficient to keep them calm and circumspect. Fear has no power in the presence of our Lord and Savior, YAHSHUA. It is faith that confirms His presence and His promise of deliverance in whatever circumstance we are in.

Although I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for You Lord are with me (Ps. 23:4). You have given us faith to endure the valleys through His presence with us. God’s Word encourages us in the midst of our trials with the promise of His deliverance. Faith steps in with belief and regulates our emotions to feel God’s peace, everlasting peace. Isaiah says, Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble and tottering knees; say to those who are of a fearful and hasty heart, Be strong, fear not! (v.3,4); and again, Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My right hand of righteousness and justice (41:10). These are the words heard from faith when we are established in God’s words, in knowledge and understanding of them.

Faith untainted by the world’s beliefs will hold its banner of victory, while leading us to our eternal home where our Lord is ready to clothe us with our imperishable clothing. We know when faith is actively leading us, by the way we respond to adversities. Let’s take the Word of God and make it part of our lives in our struggles, and faith will be the one to regulate our emotions to victory. The Word of God says that the weight of glory is heavier that the weight of all temporal afflictions we face on earth. Paul experienced great struggles for the sake of the Gospel, but he believed in the eternal reward waiting for him in glory; he left us with beautiful encouraging words, which reflected his intimacy with God and his walk being regulated by faith. He said, since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal, but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting; for we walk by faith… (II Cor. 4:18; 5:7a). The Just shall live by faith; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight in him (Heb. 10:38). Faithless life is voided of victory; it is voided of blessings, for it only in believing the Word of God that faith finds a place in our heart to regulate our walk with God to be found pleasing to Him.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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