Thursday, May 8, 2008

Walk by Faith

Walk by Faith. What does that mean? To me, it means to full heartedly believe. It is hard sometimes to trust when I can't physically feel God here. Holding me, comforting me, loving me. It is hard to stick up for Him when I am worried how my friends will react or what they will say. It is hard to defend God when I lack so much knowledge. Yet, God still chooses to love me. God has faith in me, just as I have faith in Him. It is a constant learning process and I am continually reminded how good God really is!

In my bible study we are going through Galations. I have learned so much from it already. Here are some verses that have stuck out. Think about them, they are thought jerkers! :)

Galatians 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galations 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galations 3:10 - 11
All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law." Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith."

Galations 3:22 - 25
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.

Galations 4:6 - 7
Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you an heir.

Galations 4:8 - 10
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God-or rather are known by God-how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!

Galations 5:13 - 14
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Galations 5:16, 18
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of sinful nature.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

Galations 6:1 - 2
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you wou are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

God calls us to walk by our faith. I have been feeling tugged at again to go and do missionary work. I am looking into doing work in Chile, and would appreciate all of your prayers!

Here is an awesome song by Jeremy Camp. Just another reminder of God himself and what He wants us to strive and do.

Walk By Faith by Jeremy Camp

Would I believe you when you would say
Your hand will guide my every way
Will I receive the words You say
Every moment of every day

Well I will walk by faith
Even when I cannot see it
Well because this broken road
Prepares Your will for me

Help me to win my endless fears
You've been so faithful for all my years
With the one breath You make me
Your grace covers all I do

yeah, yeah , yeah, yeah, ya

Well I'm broken- but I still see Your face
Well You've spoken- pouring Your words of grace

Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)
Well hallelujah, hallelu
(I will walk by faith)

I will walk, I will walk, I will walk by faith
I will, I will, I will walk by faith

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