As you travel along the Highway of Holiness, you will soon discover that the only way to walk is to walk by faith. This is why it is so important to learn how faith works.
As you are well aware, faith is a quality that God demands from each one of His saints. In your endeavor to please God, you know that only a life of faith is pleasing to God. The writer of Hebrews wrote:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . ” Hebrews !!:6 NKJV.
The very reason we live a holy life before God is so that we might please Him in every respect, yet here we discover that without faith we are not living a life pleasing to Him. What is the answer then? The answer is simple: The life of holiness is lived by faith!
Now let me ask you another question: Where does faith to live a life of holiness come from? The Apostle Paul gave us the answer, when he wrote:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV.
To wrap it all up into a simple package, faith to live a holy life comes by knowing what is in the Word of God and acting upon it, regardless of what any other source of information tells you. Simply put, having faith in the Word is the same as having faith in God. If you have faith in someone, then does it not seem reasonable that you believe what that person says? Faith, then, is simply taking God at His Word and acting accordingly. If you can understand that, you can always walk by faith.
As you know, when you walk by faith, you will find that there are all kinds of other voices telling you that you are not holy, not righteous, or pleasing to God in any respect. The enemy is constantly whispering in your ear trying to get you to look at your circumstances and see all of your faults and failings. What do you do when all of your senses are telling you that you are failing to walk in the standard of holiness that you know God has laid out in His Word? The Apostle Paul once again gave us the answer, when he wrote:
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV.
Do you remember the story of Peter walking on the water? He stepped out of the boat and walked by faith on the water toward Jesus. His faith was based the one word from Jesus, who had said, “Come.” As long as he had his eyes fixed on Jesus, he was fine. However, you recall, he soon began to sink. Why? The Apostle Matthew wrote:
“But when he SAW the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'” Matthew 14:30 NKJV (emphasis mine).
The moment Peter got his eyes off Jesus, and began to look at the circumstances around him, fear took over his mind, and he began to doubt, and that was when he began to sink.
Whenever you find yourself sinking, when you are walking the path of holiness, do what Peter did – he got his eyes back on Jesus and cried out to Him! Immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and lifted him back up. Jesus is always there to lift you back up, as well!
At this point, I would just like to mention that both Jesus and Peter then walked on the water back to the boat together. How do we know this? Matthew wrote, “And when THEY got into the boat, the wind ceased.” (see Matthew !4:32).
In conclusion, the walk of holiness is a walk of faith, based on God’s Word alone. You have to walk this path by faith and not by sight. As long as you fix your eyes on Jesus, your steps will be confident and sure. This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith . . .” Hebrews 12:2 NKJV.
He is not only the author of your faith, He is also the finisher. When you start out by faith, then you have to keep your eyes on the finisher of your faith. You are holy in Christ. Yes, He is your holiness! Do not waver in your faith because of the winds of circumstances around you. The enemy is constantly trying to get you to look at them, and get your eyes off the Lord. The moment you realize that you missed God, and you find yourself starting to sink, get your eyes back on the Lord. He is eager to forgive you and help you back on to your feet. As you know, the Apostle John wrote:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV.
Regardless of where you have missed it, He is faithfully waiting to restore you into right relationship with Him. Shake off your doubt and unbelief. Shake off your fears. Shake off your failings, and leave them behind you, and keep your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus. He will walk with you.
You are holy, dear saint!
Next week we will look at: Understanding The Grace Of God.
This is Day Twenty of a 31 day devotional on The Life of the Saint.