You believe in God, but are you actually walking in faith? If your walk with Jesus is consistent and sincere, you’ll experience the joy, peace, freedom, hope and love that surpasses all understanding. Learning how to walk in faith is a lifetime process, and God will never let you down.
Don’t get me wrong: you’ll still experience pain, grief and confusion. You’ll feel lost and scared sometimes — like I did last night! I broke my shoulder seven weeks ago (for the gritty details, read Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56 ), and experienced a bad setback. It hurts like heck and I want to stop taking painkillers.
I’m learning how to walk in faith with Jesus, but I still stumble and fall. The good news is that it’s easier and easier to get up because I’m not alone. And neither are you!
This article (How to Walk in Faith – Step 5) is part of my “She Blossoms Through the Bible” project. I’m writing an article for every chapter in every book of the Bible. The Reason You Were Created – Step 1 was the first; Revelation 22:21 (“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.”) will be the last article.
God willing. 🙂
How to Walk in Faith – Step 5
In each of my “She Blossoms Through the Bible” article, I share:
- 3 qualities of God
- 3 character traits of human nature
- practical steps for moving forward
This article covers Genesis 5, which is a genealogy, starting with creation and leading to the flood. There are lots of men being born and dying, sons and daughters being added to families, and references to long lives.
Enoch is a highlight of Genesis 5 because of his relationship with God. Genesis 5:22-24 tells us how he walked in faith with God, and then he was no more because God took him. What does this passage say about God, us, and our relationship with Him?
Let’s start with God’s blessings, and learn how to walk in faith with our Creator.
1. God blesses us and wants us to thrive. Recently I learned that God wants me to flourish and blossom into who He created me to be. He wants me — and you — to live in freedom, faith, hope, peace and joy! He wants us to experience life to the fullest, which is why He blesses us from the beginning. In Genesis 2:3 and Genesis 5:2 God blessed us the moment He created us. God’s blessing means we’re set apart, made holy, consecrated. We’re endowed with divine favor and protection. A blessing brings pleasure, security and relief.
2. God’s blessings isn’t just stuff. When I think of God’s blessings, I often think of health, relationships, financial security, family, safety and a safe life. But the more I learn about walking in faith, the more I realize God’s blessings transcend the stuff and relationships I have here on earth. God blesses us with all sorts of gifts, resources, surprises and provisions…but the most important blessing He gives is His presence. Walking with God in faith through Jesus Christ is the key to a full, abundant, adventurous, dangerous, unpredictable, exciting life.
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3. God wants to walk with us. God created us to glorify Him. He made us in His image — which doesn’t mean we physically look like Him. “Created in His image” is more abstract. Surprisingly so, in fact! The Hebrew word for image is tselem, which means shadow or brevity of life. We are part of Him, and He is in us. Our nature, heart, spirit and soul cries out for Him. God doesn’t just want us to walk in faith with Him, He created us to be with Him.
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About You and Me
1. We don’t realize how much God loves us. I walk from 5:15-6 am every morning. I listen to Timothy Keller sermons on podcast so I can learn more about God. I’ve been doing this for about three years now…and I’m slowly grasping how much God loves me. I grew up with a schizophrenic mom, no dad, living in foster care. I hated myself and thought I was inferior and worthless — and this made me a toxic person to be around. It’s taking a long time to really experience God’s love for me. My self-worth isn’t based on my perspectives or the world’s opinions anymore. It’s solely built on Jesus’ grace, love, and sacrifice for me. I’m learning how to walk in faith with God, and I’ll never wander away again.
2. We don’t realize what “walking in faith” means. Before we can learn how to walk in faith, we need to know what it entails! Walking means friendship and companionship, communication and acceptance. Walking in faith with God means we let Him set the pace. We keep up when He goes fast; we slow down when He does. We watch for God in every moment of our daily lives, the annoying details and breathtaking moments. We commit to a long, sometimes dangerous but always safe walk home. We stay consistent and true when we’re walking in faith. When we get distracted by bunny trails and squirrels — when we wander away — we stop. We listen. We rediscover God. We don’t fear, because we know He is faithfully waiting.
3. We get distracted by the world. For me, this is the hardest part of following Jesus. I want to walk in faith, but I get scared, bored, lonely, insecure, and doubtful. I wonder if it’s really true, if God really does have a Big Plan for this world. I get distracted by the deceiver, by fatigue, by my broken shoulder, by my irritations and weaknesses. I fill up with Ruach (the Holy Spirit) every morning, and I leak. I need to constantly return (repent!) to God, seek Jesus’ presence, and invite Ruach to fill my spirit with wisdom, truth, and light.
We live in a noisy, demanding, disappointing world. But it’s also filled with beauty, compassion, kindness, light and life! Walking with God in faith is the only way to get through it with our spirit, mind, heart and soul intact.
3 Tips for Walking in Faith
1. Find ways to experience God’s love. A deep, whole, meaningful, fulfilling relationship with God has to start with the love of Jesus. Explore different books, sermons, interviews, lectures, workshops, lessons, devotions, and in-person church services until you find solid teaching. Remember that you’re renewing your mind, not just waiting for an emotional experience of God’s love. God gave you brains for a reason: use them to get closer to Him.
2. Ask God how to walk faithfully with Jesus. What does walking in faith mean to you? Your walk — and your relationship — with God is different than mine. It helped me to write what it means to walk with someone, so I encourage you to do the same. For example, consider a close relationship with a man or woman in your life. A partner, perhaps, or a parent. How would it look if you were walking in faith with God? What would change? Make your walk with God practical by applying it to your daily life and relationships.
3. Notice what distracts you. Refocus. When you catch yourself wandering away or forgetting about God for long periods of time, turn your heart and mind to Jesus. Just refocus. Ask the Holy Spirit (Ruach!) to fill your spirit and return your heartstrings. Even better, find ways to structure your life so you aren’t distracted so often. Learn how to walk in faith by trying new and different things, such as getting a tattoo or practicing seeing God’s image in people you aren’t friends with or don’t love. Pay attention, and ask the Lord for wisdom for the journey.
What is one thing you can do to strengthen your walk with God? Your thoughts — big and little — are welcome below!
She Blossoms Through the Bible – Previous Steps
- Healing Your Heavy Heart – Step 4
- Who You Were Created to Be – Step 3
- What You Were Created to Do – Step 2
- The Reason You Were Created – Step 1
May you find courage and wisdom as you learn how to walk in faith. May God show you who you are in Jesus, and change your heart. May you be flooded with His light, love and life! And may you see His blessings in everything you experience — including the disappointments, losses, and sorrows.
With His love,