We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
Stop And Start
How will you live your life? How will you walk through life? Will you be filled with fear and doubt? Will you be timid and afraid? Will you be strong and bold? Those are all good questions. I know one thing for sure. What’s that? I would like to change how I have been walking through life. How so? I have been timidly walking through life. I have been filled with fear and doubt. I have been far from being strong and bold. Why is that? I have been trusting in myself and my abilities. I have been depending on what I can see and feel and touch. I have been relying on my experience. That’s not good. There is no wonder why you have been walking timidly through life. You will always come up short when you trust in yourself. You will always miss the mark when you rely on your experience. Your own gifts and talents and abilities will not carry you through life. What you can see and touch and feel is not a secure foundation for your faith. I know that is true. There is no doubt in me about that.
You have said that you want to change the way that you have been walking through life. That is true. What must you do differently if you want to walk boldly through life? I must not rely on myself. I must not trust in my experience. I must not depend on my own gifts, talents and abilities. That is what you must not do. I asked you what you must do? There is a big difference between those two questions. Why is that? You won’t be able to stop doing what must not do unless you start doing what you must do. I’m not sure that I understand. You won’t be able to stop trusting in yourself, unless you start trusting in me. You won’t be able to stop relying on your own gifts, talents and abilities unless you start allowing me to work in and through your life. You won’t be able to stop depending on what you can see and feel and touch unless you start listening to my voice and watch for my activity. You need to know in your heart and mind and soul that I am with you to help you. You are not on your own. You are not walking through life by yourself. I am with you to lead you. I am with you to guide you. I am with you to help you. I will be working in and through your life every step of your way. Will you keep your eyes on me? Will you listen to my voice? Will you watch for my activity? Will you join me in the work that I am doing? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will live each day of my life by faith in you rather than by what I can see in the world. Help me to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Guide all my thoughts, words and actions by all I have in you now and forever. Amen
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