Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Walking by faith

I had a revelation last night while brushing my teeth...:)
I heard the Lord clearly say "this walk is by faith and not by sight" and I said "yeah, yeah, I know that".... and He said
"its not sight of the future or your circumstances that I am talking about...
its the sight of ME....
without sight of Me...that is what walking by faith really is all about."

I don't think I like walking by faith very much.....you know???
Its a scary place to be in when you don't see the Lord very much in
anything.....no sight, no feeling, no nothing...not negative emotions, not doubt...just nothing....its a very scary place ... its not the mountain, its not the valley, its not even darkness which can be so palpable at times...its simply nothing....did I say that enough??
but somehow my spirit knows He is there...I think its called blind faith....
faith tells my spirit so..faith says that He is because He said He would never
leave...He said He was with us and in us... faith has a history that testifies to His steadfastness and reinforces it in my spirit... even in a vacuum such as this my spirit knows who has given it life.....even so...now I understand where the Psalmist was coming from when
he said..."though I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead)...You are
there" Even when I feel dead and nothing seems to make an impression....He is there....faith says it is so....
a good friend of mine reminded me that there is no expectation of aloneness in Him, yet in the world you were always alone...it was normal...therefore walking with Him can be most unexpected and unexpectedly difficult....
loving Him, believing Him...even in seasons of nothingness....that is faith.
Wow, faith is much harder than I thought...thank goodness I live by His faith and not by my own!

22 comments:

Amy said...

jadagigi, good thoughts. Walking by faith is not easy, but God gives us wonderful blessings and benefits when we do. His presence comforts us and strengthens us.

Pat said...

Whoa Cheryl, you're back in full force...this just gave me the chills. Isn't our faith at it's highest when all is going well? How silly, it's those moments of blind faith as you point out that we are truly walking and living by His faith and not our own.
Now I'm going to go brush my teeth and see if a powerful revelation like this comes to me....I'll let you know.

Maria del Carmen said...

Walking by faith is the only way to peace. I've tried it other ways and failed because I was trying to make my own rules. It doesn't work. God's way is the only way. Thanks for such an insightful post. I'll be back.

everydayRANDOM said...

Yea baby - faith is an on-going process. Glad to see your post, my friend. Lots of insight - good stuff. Keep on walking...

Layla (aka Barbara) said...

Thanks for sharing this! I agree with Pat...glad you came back to share this one!!!

An Ordinary Christian said...

God is so awesome. It's too bad that words can not extress it. But then again, that is the fellowship that we have with Him, that we share with Him, that we know He is so good and there are no words to describe it but He understands - just like when He spoke to you this morning. Our God! With Whom we will reign with and live with forever!

Gina said...

I'm so glad you're back. You have so many good insights Cheryl. God's working on my faith right now -- faith that He is going to give me the peace and strength I need for everyday. I know in my head. The faith needs to be rooted even deeper in my heart. Thank you for the encouragement!

ame said...

wow ... and so then, not entirely alone that you would still be able to hear His voice.

i understand. i have often said over these last several months, "God, You want me to come to You, and I am! SO!!!!!! Do something! Please!!!!!"

i wonder if i'm acting like job toward the end of the book ... "but, God, i'm doing it right, so where are You?" i've always thought myself a teeny tiny pinch ahead of job b/c i had not come to this place ... yet that's where i've found myself.

and God comes back to job and says many things, but the verse that stabs me time and again is job 40:8:

"Would you discredit My justice?Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?"

ouch. Yes, Lord, I trust You. I will not condemn You to justify me. You truly are Just; I truly am dust. I love You and I trust You, Ame

selahV said...

Cheryl, great post. I featured it in my Post Picks for my readers to read. Faith is never so clear to me as in the "dead" times of my life. thanks for sharing. selahV

joni said...

When you post, you POST! :o)

What great insights and thoughts. I'll be pondering this for days, weeks, months...

THANK YOU!

Bek said...

have you heard of Pat King's DECREES? she has them on CD and book, and her website is on my blog "extreme prophetic". anyway, she wrote these decrees of THE WORD, when she was in a place such as you describe. for about a year. no feelings. none. zilch. and so she just read and decreed and believed the written word of God over her life. it has been very filling and life-giving for me.

Christo Swanepoel said...

Is faith "definable" in a way it does not refer to Christ? E.g. Faith is to beleive Christ exist. And because he exists, he is provider and healer etc. But simply to say something like. "I beleive I will receive a car" Is that faith or wishfull thinking?

PortraitofPeter said...

Wise words that one can only hope to aspure too.

Thank you for sharing here with us.

Christo Swanepoel said...

You said "I think its called blind faith....
faith tells my spirit so..faith says that He is because He said He would never
leave"

So good to here other people feel this too sometimes, it just get too much now and then

Deborah and Sally said...

I've never really "thought of" faith. That might sound funny but its true.
When you say it in the way of not losing sight of the Lord, I totally agree !!

Sara said...

always good stuff here. welcome back to blogland sister.

Tammy said...

What a beautiful post...yes walking by faith IS hard...especially when things seem OK. But it's truly the only way to walk!

Hattigrace said...

Thanks. I need to see His face. Close friends separated and heading to divorce, godchildren's mother has a dangerous heart condition, and her father has cancer in his lymph nodes and her brother-in-law is in a very tough situation with business that I cannot elaborate on.

TT and I are fine, but all these heart aches of our friends are overwhelming.

So, yes, I need to see His face. Thanks.

Arlene said...

What an awesome post. Very thought provoking and insightful. We have been going through a "dry place" lately. Although we are walking and living by His faith, as best as we can, He has been silent lately to us. It is in these times that we do have to repeat the Word over and over to ourselves. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word. Thank God for His Word and that He gives revelations even when we are brushing our teeth. Thanks for sharing!

PortraitofPeter said...

I do like your 'Honest' appraisal and are able to put into words your feelings.

A wonderful and thought-provoking posting just read today (Sunday) the Lord's Day.

Amydeanne said...

love the post cheryl! It's a good reminder to us all what it means to walk by faith! I need to do that right now!

Mrs. Mac said...

Thanks for the lesson in faith. BTW, what brand of toothpaste do you use ;) I need to get me some! Glad to read your post today! Hugs