Walking By Faith

Neil Vermillion —  July 30, 2019 —  Comments

The path set before you is actually very simple. Though it is difficult at times, painful and even confusing, it is very simple. While you desire to know more, to control circumstances and even people in your life, there is still so much before you beyond your perception or control. I am inviting you to a simpler, easier way of life. I am inviting you to walk by faith, not by sight, not by your own understanding. While you will still experience hardships and difficulties, the life of faith will be so much simpler for your weary soul. (1)

The heaviness spawned from knowing and controlling all things will wear you out. The confusion birthed from uncertainty, missed opportunity, and unforecasted results will give way to questions that cannot be easily, logically, nor quickly answered. As a result these questions will wear you out over time. So put those things away, and allow yourself the simplicity of believing and living like a child.

Walk by faith. Take things more simply. Doing so will give you more joy, and allow you to better enjoy the life I have given you. Many of you want the things in your life to be changed, rather than to change your perspective on these things. Many of you want to change the people in your life, rather than to change your attitude, understanding, or response to them. Know the change of your perspective is the very thing I am after. (2)

You measure success naturally. You measure progress naturally. You measure right and wrong naturally, and none of those things are of me. I want to shape, and mold the way you think and feel. I want to teach you to look past natural things and begin to see things from my perspective. (3)

In your hurts and confusion, in your frustration and rejection, release your demands and expectations and surrender to a simpler way of living. Surrender to a child-like path, in which you have less stress and more gratitude. Much of the process set before you presently is about teaching you to enjoy where you are, rather than always wanting to be somewhere else. There is a gratitude within you needing to be developed, for in doing so you will gain specific insights from the here and now you are presently ignoring and disregarding. While it may seem hard, and may even seem cruel, this path of developing gratitude is a wonderful gift to you. (4)

In the development of gratitude you will abide in joy, peace, and security that cannot be shaken, nor taken. Your joy will not be fleeting or temporary, but will remain with you regardless of what happens to you, regardless of what men say, regardless what you think. While it may seem costly, this gift of gratitude will serve you well and be a wonderful blessing to you, as it continually and consistently empowers you to persevere, but also enjoy each step of your journey. I am a father who gives you good things. I am the source of all good things. So of course, I will give you this good gift, developing your gratitude as you walk by faith. (5)

(1) James 1:12, James 1:2, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 5:7
(2) Hebrews 11:1, Ephesians 6:16, Romans 10:17, Romans 12:2
(3) 1 Samuel 16:7, Romans 8:6
(4) 2 Timothy 2:7, Psalm 119:34, Matthew 7:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 136:1
(5) Romans 15:13, Galatians 5:22, John 16:24, 2 Thessalonians 3:13, Galatians 6:9, James 1:17

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