Living by Faith

What does “living by faith” mean to you?  Can people get a good idea about your faith by watching and listening to you?  Is your faith something you “wear” all the time, or is it something you “put on” only when you go to church, or if you happen upon one of the members in a public place, and then you “take it off” until the next time you go to church?  If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

I’m not talking about being perfect or acting like you are better than someone else.  I’m talking about being consistent in your walk with the Lord from day to day.  We all mess up from time to time but people are willing to forgive you of those times when you ask, if your walk and talk are normally pretty consistent.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), so we MUST live by faith!  If you have true faith, you WILL live it!  No one is saved by living it (works) but James 2 explains that you cannot have faith WITHOUT works!

We all need to examine ourselves from time to time to make sure we are living our faith.  Here’s a good song:

My Faith Looks Up to Thee
Written by Ray Palmer in 1830

1 My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray;
take all my guilt away.
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

2 May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire.
As thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm, and changeless be,
a living fire!

3 While life’s dark maze I tread
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day,
wipe sorrow’s tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.

4 When life’s swift race is run,
death’s cold work almost done,
be near to me.
Blest Savior, then, in love
fear and distrust remove.
O bear me safe above,
redeemed and free!

IMG_20160106_163718Today’s photo of Tim and I.

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