Monday, June 02, 2008

don't give up

The walk of faith is just that, it's putting faith in God and his word in an existence in which we can't see the answer coming, or the outcome. We can only trust and seek to follow. Faith is never only an intellectual assent to God's word, but an assent of our whole person. It involves our will as well; we must choose to follow.

This means we must plod along and seek to get to know the God in Jesus we put our faith in. That Jesus is indeed Emmanuel: "God with us" by the Spirit. And he will be with us to the end. The Lord is our Shepherd.

As I was reminded recently, it's not important how much faith we have. The one with weak faith who jumps will be just as supported in the end as the one with stronger faith. The point is that we must jump, or more characteristically as far as how Scripture describes it, we must continue along in this walk. Only as we walk by faith will our faith be real.

I find this so in my own life. Nothing spectacular. Just keep seeking to follow the Lord, to walk by faith in God's word and by the Spirit. To grow in that. To ignore emotions contrary to that is important for me. Or thoughts that are contrary, as well.

Don't give up. Just keep on walking in faith. God in Jesus will help us through. To his glory and for the good of others.

What would you like to add to this?


Anonymous said...

upifting words
very much needed

Rachel Mc said...

Amen, and some days are so much easier than others. For me, I need to accept and embrace the changes God is taking me through, and hopefully my close friends and family will understand and embrace the changes in me. No one can go thru life and its twists and turns and stay the same..unchanged.
I like what you say about faith being an assent of the whole person, mind, body and soul.
"Don't give up"...I don't think that I have, even though I have had days I can't get out of bed, I just hide under the covers.
Great post!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Nancy.

Yes, Rachel. And thanks.

Key for me in this is "in Jesus." That is where our hope and life lie. We must walk by faith in him. And keep doing so.

Betsy Lin said...

Faith indeed. My life has been super crazy this past month, and I hardly can see where the time went. One thing after another has tried to pull me down, but my faith in Christ keeps me assured, that I belong to Him and He has my heart, my body and my mind! My faith is an anchor is this ocean of a world!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Betsy Lin,
Thanks for sharing that! A good testimony and encouragement for us all, in Jesus.