“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 All of a Christian’s character transformation and life is by faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.
We act on this foundation. We study the Bible and learn it is God’s will for us to accept Jesus as our Savior and to consecrate our lives to do God’s will forever. Romans 12:1-2, “…present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” When we believe this and take this step of a consecration by sacrifice, that is a step of faith.
Then we learn to do God’s will. We begin to choose to engage in spiritual activities and deny our fleshly desires. As God opens doors of service, we see these opportunities by faith. We obey and serve believing we are doing God’s will. This is another step of faith.
When we become discouraged, we read the precious promises and are strengthened by faith. 2 Peter 1:4, 10 (ESV), 4 “by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire… 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.”
We believe this promise that if we are faithful, we will receive the divine nature in our resurrection. This too is faith in God’s word.
When we see the troubles coming upon the world, we read the prophecies of the end times and we do not fear. Isaiah 17:12-14 (CSB), 12 “. . .The raging of the nations — they rage like the rumble of rushing water. 13 The nations rage like the rumble of a huge torrent. He rebukes them, and they flee far away, driven before the wind like chaff on the hills and like tumbleweeds before a gale. 14 In the evening ?– ?sudden terror! Before morning ?– ?it is gone!”
2 Peter 1:19 (RSV), “And we have the prophetic word made more sure. …a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
Our walk with God is not by using our physical eyes. It is a close walk with God by believing, obeying, and taking comfort in God’s word.