This post and those for the next couple days will deal with walking by faith. Yesterday’s post was the introduction.
Before I could fully meditate on what my life would look like if I walked daily by faith, I had to understand what my purpose and daily life on this Earth should look like.
Colossians 3:23 and 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 pretty much sum it up for me. With a slight paraphrase the verses say,’ whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. You are not your own, you were bought with a price…………’
If that is true, and I believe it is, then each day has a purpose. It changed my attitude and my focus. The goals for my day were not merely to survive, but to thrive, and accomplish what God would want me to that day with joy.
Here are some tips that have helped me over the past 20 years since I started walking this narrow road:
Have a heart that honors God. Proverbs 3:5-6. I ask God each morning not only to direct my day but to help me fulfill His will for my life that day. There is nothing that is too small or insignificant in my day to matter. I believe everything matters.
I must be very careful not to envy others. Proverbs 14:30, and many other verses in the Proverbs talk about the dangers of envy. I don’t think it’s possible to be envious and jealous and walk in faith the same time.
I wanted to always be prepared to open my house, hand, and time to those in need. One day I was feeling sorry for myself being alone with young children all day. I cried out to God and told Him that if I was ever going to be a missionary or evangelize, He was going have to send people to my house, because it felt like I would never be able to leave my house in a sane state again. I didn’t realize that I was already involved in the most important missionary work possible, my own children. I also didn’t really believe that He was going to answer that prayer. But He did. Cars broke down along our busy road right in our driveway. People walking or hitchhiking would come to our door asking for help. Although we didn’t have children in our immediate neighborhood, children showed up almost every day in the summer at our house to play. It would take me hours and hours to post all of the wonderful stories and experiences that we had because of the fulfillment of that prayer!
One of the biggest problems that I had as a new Christian involved my mouth. I hadn’t realized it, but one of the biggest problems I had as a Jew was controlling my mouth! I had to learn that the tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21. The Bible is very specific about the power of our words. Walking in faith but speaking words of fear, doubt, or unbelief, will not bring about the results that we desire. I still have to make a conscious effort many times a day to respond with words of love and grace, as opposed to react with the tone of voice and words that I later regret.
Along that same line, I had to learn to control my thoughts. Philippians 4:8. The Bible is very specific about the thoughts that we are to have. If I take thoughts that the Bible says I should not take, I can’t expect to be walking in faith. Joyce Myers describes it as ‘stinkin thinkin’ I still struggle with thoughts that I shouldn’t have.
Tomorrow I’ll share several more points!!