How do we learn to walk in faith? Many of us can point to a fork in the road where we had to choose between faith, fear, or some other option. Horace Williams faced that fork as a young adult when a stroke took away the life he’d taken for granted. Like many who choose faith, he can now look back on that tragedy and see God’s mercy. I know you will enjoy and be challenged by his message today as we celebrate the release of his new book The Furnace of Affliction!
Are You Ready and Willing to Walk in Faith?
Do you remember the last time you were afraid? I mean, a time when you were truly terrified. I’m not referring to the last horror movie you watched. (I don’t watch them myself because I don’t enjoy the idea of scaring myself to death!) No, I’m more interested in the time when you let fear paralyze you from doing something you were called to do—a moment when you allowed fear to interfere with your walk in faith.
Faith is the cornerstone of Christianity. Without faith in Jesus Christ, your eternal destiny is destruction, separation from God forever. However, as a Christian, you have been chosen by Jesus for service. A service that includes the necessity to walk in faith, meaning you must prepare yourself to do so.
For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is a gift from God, not as a result of works, so that no one can boast. it is the gift from God. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB).
You Are a Masterpiece
Before I go any further, please look at the NLT version of this same scripture passage. Really meditate on what Jesus is saying to you and me who believe and put our trust in Him.
God saved you when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this. It is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done so that none can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (emphasis added)
You know, for several decades after asking Jesus to come into my heart at the age of five, I was not doing too many good things that brought honor and glory to Christ. But God. On September 9, 2012, nearly twenty-six months after a life-altering stroke, I recommitted my life to Jesus. Not long afterward, it became my heart’s desire to give people hope using my testimony of faith, encouraging other Christians to walk in faith.
Faith Means Action
Several months after my stroke, I was blessed to land at a particular rehabilitation facility. I was sent there to learn to walk again as my left side had been severely weakened from the stroke. God blessed me with a tremendous physical therapist who loved the Lord.
So many times, she’d encourage me to persevere in my rehab and not give up. She would repeatedly make a comment that if I don’t use it, I will lose it.” Meaning if I didn’t begin to train my brain to use my left side again, the muscles would succumb to atrophy. The muscles would begin to degenerate and decline.
The same thing holds for us as Christians. If we are not active in our Christian walk, our faith can decline or become stagnant. Then we cannot fulfill the purposes of God and bring Him glory. A word of warning, if you choose to let your faith in God deteriorate, God may bring things into your life that send you running back to Him. Painful, difficult, and extremely trying circumstances.
So, what can we do to be active in our Christian life and walk not to sleep in our faith? I want to mention a few things that, if we do consistently, will help us to be active in our Christian walk.
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Find time for personal moments with God. (Mark 1:35)
Ask God to search your heart for anything that interferes. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Include meditation and memorization during your quiet time. ( Psalm 119:11)
Thank God daily in your conversations with Him. (Philippians 4:6)
Have a willingness to serve God obediently. (Psalm 100:2)
Serving God is not an easy thing, but God never promised us easy. See what Jesus shared with the disciples after predicting that they would abandon Him in His time of need.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but take courage, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NASB).
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But remember what I pointed out earlier from God’s Word? We have been chosen. We are a masterpiece. Don’t let the word masterpiece scare you because you are God’s jewel; you are His treasure. You have value to Him. You’re God’s showpiece. An example of Jesus Christ.
So I will ask you again, are you ready and willing to walk in faith, bringing honor and glory to God? Are you going to commit to preparing yourself in your Christian walk? If you wait until adversity arrives, seasons of pain and suffering could easily overwhelm you, just like the disciples who ran away.
Live with Hope
Never forget that God has not abandoned you in times of adversity. God loves you, unconditionally. He wants what is best for you. The Lord will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is continuing to strengthen your faith in Him. Sometimes that means you’ll encounter painful circumstances in life. However, you can have hope, knowing God is preparing you!
He is refining you, renewing your faith, and restoring to completeness in Him! That is how you can live with hope. Your walking in faith has a unique purpose- especially designed by God, the Creator of heaven and earth! Doesn’t that get you excited instead of fearful? God will empower, equip, and encourage you to fulfill His purpose for your life. So prepare yourself to thrive in your Christian life and walk in faith bringing all glory and honor to Him.
Walking in faith,
Horace Williams Jr.
Horace Williams Jr. is a born-again Christian who loves Jesus Christ, a stroke survivor, and an award-winning author. He has seen the power of prayer and God’s healing in his own life as he continues to recover from a massive stroke that paralyzed his left side in the Summer of 2010. Horace recommitted his life to Christ on September 9, 2012. He writes to inspire, encourage, and remind readers of God’s transforming power and love. His brand- new book, The Furnace of Affliction: How God Uses Our Pain and Suffering for His Purpose is a book overflowing with hope and encouragement and has been endorsed by many including Sheila Walsh. Get a brand-new copy of his just-released book here.
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