In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Thursday December 1, 2005

Requirements of Walking by Faith

GENESIS 12:1-9

 

We all know people who live according to their own desires and natural abilities. Sometimes we do it too. But, as children of God, believers are called to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). That means we are to live based on a confident assurance that the Lord is true to His character and keeps every promise.

 

In the “school of faith-walking,” the first skill to master is listening. Because God’s Word is essential to our hearing from Him, we must cultivate the habit of biblical meditation. Through it, we will hear God’s Spirit speak to ours, illuminating the meaning of Scripture and showing us how to apply its truths to our situations. But recognizing the inner voice of the Holy Spirit does not come automatically; it takes practice.

 

A second skill to acquire is obedience — carrying out what the Lord asks and then doing it His way, in His time. Abraham left his homeland just as God commanded, but he “adjusted” the divine plan by bringing Lot along. The life of faith is one of submission to God’s requests, methods, and timeframes. As our “listening” skills improve, our faith in the Lord will deepen, our commitment to Him will grow, and complete obedience will become easier.

 

Faith-walking also involves remembering what happened when we obeyed God in the past — He communicates with us not only for today but also to teach us for the future. Can you recall what He said to you last week? Have you put it into practice? Commit to being a better listener and a more obedient follower in the coming year.