“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” 1 Timothy 1:7
I used to have to walk everywhere.
Sometimes miles to get where I was going.
I used to be bitter.
And so frustrated at how long I had to travel just to get to my destination.
Even angry at those who were responsible for my situation…
Every step was unbearable to take because the journey home seemed too long.
In the above scripture, in some translations, it says “self-discipline” or “self-control”. I would say The Lord gives us the courage, and THE POWER by His Spirit to develop the self-discipline to continue walking in love.
It’s not easy to do this. Especially if you are in a place where your gifts, your skills, your talents, your faith is not celebrated.
Or in a place in life where things are not working the way you planned? You feel like what you’re doing for God is for nothing…
You’re not alone.
God promises us:
“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness’ ” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
That is why we are to not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we will reap a reward (Galatians 6:9).
And we should like Paul say:
“Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-11
Then I am strong.
When I humble myself and admit my weaknesses–that is when Christ Jesus can take the burden for me. But when I try to drag it all on my own–I fail to walk in true rest, knowing who bled, died, and rose again for me.
Faith takes strength. Not only the day to day strength to carry on.
But the strength to relinquish your control.
It takes strength to let go, you know?
It takes great strength to trust that He has it all under control–that the plan and purpose for your life will be completed in you (Psalm 138:8).
Walking by faith is no simple task.
It requires steadfastnes. It requires patience.
All things we could never create, maintain, or share on our own.
The only way we can find this strength to ENDURE is relying on Jesus.
He is Our Promised Peace.
He is Our Friend.
And He has sent forth His Holy Spirit to dwell among us, go before us, and rest IN us–so that we would know the way, the truth, and the life.
It requires discipline to continue walking by faith and not by sight.
It requires discipline to keep going. Deciding to put one foot after another, believing God’s truth over everything around you.
To not give up–but to continue.
God told me to write…so I will continue to write.
God told me to teach…so I will continue to teach.
God told me to love…so I will continue to love.
So continue doing all that God has asked you to do–whatever it is! He will reward your diligence. Remember? He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
I would dread the walk home–but I knew I had to do it.
Though there were several hills, parked cars, and busy, crazy streets I had to pass, I had to take grit my teeth and take it. Walk it out.
But, I realized–
Once I took my focus off how long I had to go…
Once I focused on putting one foot in front of another and started enjoying the fresh breeze, the patterns on the leaves, the cars (which I secretly wanted to take me home) and how it would feel to be in my own; the journey became more enjoyable.
Walking by faith is a decision.
A decision to trust God every step you take. To put one foot before another…not looking back. Seeking His plan in all things, not wanting anything else.
We must always keep our eyes on the prize–our final goal–Jesus–but we must also learn the rudiments of continuing-the rudiments of faith–which is focusing on the journey with The One Who Made you, every step of the way.
Faith is taking one step at a time.
It is easier to live a life of faith when you realize that faith is a journey.
There is no rush. Just purpose in your self to find enjoy every second, every minute, every hour of your journey with Him–and one day you will find yourself with Him forever in eternity.
We’re humans, so we naturally complicate things. But we need a reminder at times.
Trust God in all things. Have faith in all things. Not just some. All.
Remember, The Lord tells us: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38).
Step out in faith.
For being in His Supernatural Divine Will is the best place to be.
The devil is eager to, but will not find it easy to conquer you when your in God’s Perfect Will.
“Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Hebrews 11:6
Faith is needed to enter your Promised Land.
And until we all let go, make a decision to trust God, and put one foot in front of another…
We won’t get there.
Obedience is key.
Do whatever He has told you to do–TODAY.
And He will figure out the rest.
Faith is simply putting one foot in the doorway,
Closing the door,
And taking one step at a time.
Obedience chooses to trust God, though the details don’t make sense.
Faith is a journey. Take one step at a time.
So my friends,
“Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
When we endure, and when we endure joyfully, with a smile–knowing how much He loves us–we show God our faith in Him.
As we enter into new seasons, I pray God empowers us to continue developing in the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-discipline.
I pray we grow in discipline, to walk step by step, and grow in love day by day, that we may grow and reach new heights and fulfill our destiny.
“Endurance is based on your ability to see what’s on the other side.”
Prophet Isaiah Raymond
Father, help us see your work in us. Help us relinquish our control, and focus on You. Help us continue walking by faith and not by sight. Help us to stand firm in our faith, and fill us with Your Spirit so we can grow strong and stand tall like trees…and become the people you created us to be.
In Jesus Name!
I am praying for you all–that you would be strengthened by His Spirit according to the working of His glorious power.
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God bless you.
I love you all.
Until next time,
I encourage you to read Hebrews 11!
It will give you a clear picture of the amazing things God did through ordinary people, who walked by faith one step at a time….and how He accomplished great exploits. They did not receive Jesus–we have. And Jesus promised, that if we believe in Him we would do greater works (John 14:12).
Let this be in your heart. Endure. You will do greater in Jesus Name!
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