Walking By Faith – Not Feelings
“Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Faith is not something that we can see or touch. We believe in God’s promises not because we can see it (not by sight), but because our spirit man simply confirms to our minds and hearts that God is trustworthy in what He says, and thus we believe. In fact, faith itself is a “gift from God” (Ephesians 2:8). We would not even be able to “believe” unless God gives us the gift of faith. Jesus confirmed this when He said, “No man can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him..” (John 6:44).
Jesus also declared many times to those who were miraculously healed, “Your faith has made you well.” We are saved and justified by faith (Romans 3:28). The book of Hebrews also teaches us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 1:1).
God’s Word continually reminds us that the Christian life is a life of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. For we live by believing, and not by seeing, nor by what we “feel”.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6.
When we are “walking by faith”, we are affirming that as Christians we are on a journey, or a pilgrimage, as we travel to another country. The concept here, is that we remain hopeful and focused on the end of the journey, which is unseen, yet just as real as the present which is seen.
By faith, we believe in those things that we do not see.
Living by faith is contrasted from living simply under the influence of things that are seen, or by what our feelings tells us. Since we cannot see God (or even feel Him sometimes), we know that He is always present with us. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). As Christians who are full of faith, we live, and think, and act as if there were a God, and as if we can always see Him.
“We believe in the existence of objects which are invisible, and we are influenced by them. To walk by faith, is to live in the confident expectation of things that are to come; in the belief of the existence of unseen realities; and suffering them to influence us as if they were seen. The people of this world are influenced by the things that are seen. They live for wealth, honor, splendor, praise, for the objects which this world can furnish, and as if there were nothing which is unseen, or as if they ought not to be influenced by the things which are unseen. The Christian, on the contrary, has a firm conviction of the reality of the glories of heaven; of the fact that the Redeemer is there; of the fact that there is a crown of glory; and he lives, and acts as if that were all real, and as if he saw it all. The simple account of faith, and of living by faith is, that we live and act as if these things were true, and suffer them to make an impression on our mind according to their real nature…” – Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.
Our enemy, the devil, wants to deceive us and control us through our feelings. He lies to us and whispers into our thoughts, producing assumptions which are not true. For example, the devil may will often say to us, “God doesn’t love you anymore”, “He doesn’t want to heal you”, or “I’m suffering this way because God is punishing me for my sins.” These kind of thoughts are not from God and they contradict God’s promises to us in the Bible. We must remember that the devil is a liar and the “father of lies” (see John 8:44). He works on our minds and our feelings to try to discourage us from believing God at His Word. That’s why unbelief is so destructive to the Christian faith.
Anytime you begin to believe the devil’s lies, instead of God’s truth, you’re not going to be healed or receive your blessing. When we believe the lies of Satan, the lies affect our emotions. Our feelings get stirred up in the wrong direction and it affects the decisions we make. We lose our faith and get out of the will of God.
Unfortunately, most Christians live more by their feelings than their faith.
I often hear the following complaint, “I don’t feel God loves me.” I tell them, “As a matter of fact He does. He proved it on the cross – Read John 3:16.” Or they may say, “I’ve lost hope that I have a good future.” I reassure them, “As a matter of fact you do. In Jeremiah 29:11 God tells us, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Waiting on a Miracle. Living outside the realm of feelings.
Believers, who only live by their emotions or feelings, tend to make a lot of mistakes and reach false assumptions. We have to learn how to live beyond our feelings and obey God’s Word – even when we don’t feel like it. We need to follow God’s promises for our lives and not let our feelings dictate what decisions we make or what we believe.
Do you tell yourself: “I don’t feel healed today”, or do you affirm instead, “I may not feel healed today, but God promised that I am already healed, in Jesus’ name.” The difference between the first statement and the second is FAITH. Faith continues to believe God’s promises of healing and provision for every other blessing even though we don’t see it happening yet, or even “feel it”.
Whatever miracle you’re believing God for in your life today, believe that He can do it.
Confess His Bible promises over and over again, until they become a reality – no matter how long it takes. Keep walking in faith, and thanking Him for your miracle as it was already a done matter. Some healings and miracles are instant, whereas others take more time to manifest. It’s all in God’s timing.
God promised Abraham that He would have a son in his old age. It seemed an impossible task physically. His wife Sarah was well beyond child-bearing age. But Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to Him for righteousness. After 20 years of waiting for his miracle, God finally came through, and Sarah gave birth to their son Isaac.
You may be thinking, “Well, that was in the Old Testament. I don’t feel God still does those kinds of miracles today.” Nothing could be further from the truth. God is still the same today as He was yesterday. He is still in the “miracle business”. What He did for Abraham and other people of faith in the past, He can do it for you.
Study all of God’s promises in the Bible. Write them down, and study them. Commit them to memory. Then, pray for God’s grace to believe Him for the seemingly impossible, and you will see it come to pass!
Luis Yosefus is Senior Pastor of Real Jesus Ministries. He is a down-to-earth preacher and practical Bible teacher. As an author, his books have helped many people find salvation, hope, and encouragement in Jesus Christ. He is a strong advocate of revival in the Christian church and the restoration of Christianity to its original authenticity. For more information on his ministry, visit: http://www.RealJesus.net