Faye Bryant

Regulate & conduct.

Paul the apostle wrote a letter to the church at Corinth. This church had some real difficulties trying to live as the new creation they were amidst the corrupt culture of their city.

Here Paul was telling them about heaven being God’s presence, unfettered by sinful humanity’s inability to see Him face to face.

This little phrase was tucked in between Paul’s saying to be present in the body is to be absent from the Lord and to be present with the Lord is to be absent from the body.

I really love how the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible shows the deeper meaning of the original words of this verse.

“For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance.”

The part in brackets is the expansion.

Kinda blows the mind, huh? This walking by faith is much more than trusting God to get us home safely each day. There’s a degree of self-control expected in that walk, the expectation that we will walk our talk and do so with trust in Him and fervor for Him.

How are you doing in that sort of walking by faith? I know I need to step it up. I need to be sure that when I say God says this or that, I’m living my belief in that.

This is huge for me, because while I know God says some amazing things about me as His child, I don’t always walk in them. Knowing what He says, I should walk confidently knowing He loves me, believes in me, and even fights for me. I should never hear or accept the world saying I’m not enough. I may not be enough for them, but I’m enough for the One who made them. Can it get any better than that?

How are you doing in this version of walking by faith? What changes do you need to make? Let’s get started today.

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