WOW Faith OLS — Week Four #1

How are you walking in life — by faith or by sight?

This question speaks to the heart of our journey with the Lord during our time on earth. When we step into heaven, we will be face to face with our Lord. And in that moment, our faith will become sight.

I have been thinking a lot about this lately as I have lived in the many faith verses included in our study of Walk on Water Faith. I have been asking myself, “Catherine, do you walk and live by faith or by sight?”

I wonder if we all realize just how essential the Word of God is for our moment by moment relationship with our Lord? His Word is like a lighthouse for ships caught in the most impenetrable fog. Sometimes it is as though the windows of life are painted black and we are forced to fly only by instruments.

This week in our study of Week Four, Days 1-3 in Walk on Water Faith we began our study of the faith life of Abraham. He heard God speak and he believed God. God asked him to leave his home and all earthly security to go to a land that God was going to show him. And Hebrews 11:8-10 shows us the response of Abraham —

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
Hebrews 11:8-10

If I could ask Abraham one question, I would ask, “Abraham, what promise was the most important one for you, that helped you go out, even though you didn’t know where you were going?” Oh, I think it will be so exciting and interesting to hear all that Abraham will say if I get to ask him in heaven.

The Lord has shown me in our study that Abraham’s faith continued, day by day, through his way of life. He never lived in a permanent home. Instead, he lived as a nomad in a tent because he knew his real home was in heaven — a home designed by God and a place where Abraham would live with his Lord forever. The text tells us that Abraham was “confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations.”

How confident are you in the promises God has given you in His Word? The longer you live in and focus on His promises for you, the more confident you will become. Clearly, the things of this world are fleeting. The Bible tells us, “The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8 NLT). You can count on all that the Lord says.

So today, I encourage you to live with the kind of faith demonstrated by Abraham. Confidently hold to God’s promises and walk by faith in them, moment by moment, until you reach your grand destination — heaven.

Dear friend, I love studying God’s Word together with you.

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Your assignment this next week is to read and study Week 4, Days 4-7 The Faith of Abraham — The Friend Of God, from Walk On Water Faith — Discovering Power In The Promises of God. You may want to come back here throughout the week to read comments and respond. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

I invite you to share your most important insights from Week 4, Days 1-3 and your favorite promise from God’s Word in your study so far. You can write your thoughts in the Comments section of this post.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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What did you learn from the faith of Abraham? How can you relate to the challenges experienced by Abraham? If you could ask Abraham one question, what would it be? What was your favorite promise from the study? And what was your favorite quote from the devotional reading? And finally, share the most important truth that God has taught you this week in your study?
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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
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Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
— Matthew 14:28-31 NASB

Biblical faith is a gift of God. God has given us a measure of faith, according to Romans 12:3. And it is not humanly manufactured but God-given and God-enabled through the power of His Spirit (Galatians 2:20, 5:22). … When Peter realized the Lord was out there walking on the water, he expressed boldness in his faith by asking the Lord to bring him out on the water. How many of us actually dare to dream such majestic feats of faith as Peter did that early morning in the stormy waters?

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