The Christian faith is not rosy but full of challenges that block the way to victory. As a believer, as most people do, it is easy to focus on what is happening around you. This denies you the chance to fully have faith in God! Consequently, not fully submitting to faith often causes you to feel offended, hurt, discouraged, and sick, among others, when you encounter failure. So, we need to walk by faith, not by sight.
When you fully submit to walking by faith, instead of by sight, you must focus on God’s promises instead of what is happening to or around you. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells you to depend on God’s guidance and not human understanding! Walking by faith is doing what is humanly impossible, but walking by sight is doing ordinary things according to your human ability.
The mystery of walking by faith is that it opens you to the realm of the supernaturals in the natural world! Does this sound so good to be true? Find out how to walk by faith below.
What Does 2 Corinthians 5:7 Mean? “For We Walk by Faith Not by Sight”
Paul specifically addressed the church at Corinth in 2 Corinthians 5:7. The church stood firm as long as Paul was there. Still, on his departure, the church was swayed away by strangers who came with a deceptive message.
According to the opposers of his gospel, Paul’s sufferings were enough evidence that his faith was not grounded in the true gospel of Christ. From what the opposers saw in Paul’s body, for example, the sufferings of his flesh, it was clear that God was not with him.
The daily and constant suffering that Paul went through crashed him on all sides. He was already going through a lot of bodily suffering that his physical body was ‘wearing out.’ His body was constantly exposed to death. Paul’s physical body, according to the physical eyes, was dying.
Paul’s opponents, therefore, used what they saw to convince the Corinthian church that Paul’s gospel was a miss and no one should follow it. They believed that if his gospel was true, he was not supposed to be suffering as he was!
Paul, however, wrote to the same church to remind them that though the physical body was wearing out, the spiritual man was constantly being renewed.
“Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus, so that the life of Jesus will be evident in our dying bodies. So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you.”2 Corinthians 4:11-12 (NLT)
Therefore, he urged the church not to focus on short-lived (physical) things. But to focus on the spiritual ones as they were eternal. He wanted their entire focus to be on what was to come, not what was at hand. Hence, to walk not by sight but by faith.
Walk by Faith Not by Sight: Saints of Faith!
A walk of faith but not sight yields joy, satisfaction, peace, and life. Alongside Abraham, the great father of faith, various men and women also did not waver in faith. Their faith in God brought their dead back to life, gave them favor before powerful rulers, and saved their families from death, among other great things.
This was a hard lesson for me to learn, until I had kids who taught me the true meaning of having faith.
Let’s look at some of them.
God warned Noah about an upcoming flood (Genesis chapters 6 and 7). He was supposed to build an ark so that he, his family members, and the animals (as instructed by God) would then go in. Consequently, they would evade death.
Nothing in the sky showed what God was saying would happen.
Therefore, even after Noah asked the people to enter the ark, they disregarded his request, for they thought he was a fool!
Esther believed that she would survive after appearing before the king. Yes, even though she would go in at a time when he had not called. She thought after the prayers and fasting she and her people were doing, she would find favor to stand before the king, and her request would be granted.
“When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the open space, she found favor in his eyes. The king held his special golden stick in his hand toward Esther. So Esther came near and touched the top of the special stick. Then the king said to her, “What do you want, Queen Esther? What do you ask of me? You would be given even as much as half the nation.”Esther 5:2-3 (NLV)
Daniel was supposed to feed on the BEST food and wine to look appealing like his peers. Daniel, however, knew that the king’s food would defile him, so he opted to take vegetables.
According to human reasoning, Daniel would grow thin, and his countenance would betray him before the king if he took vegetables.
By faith, Daniel knew his countenance depended not on what he ate but on separating himself from sin!
“Test your servants for ten days. Give us only vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare how we look with the young men who are eating the king’s best food. And do with us what you think is best by what you see.” So he listened to them, and tested them for ten days. At the end of ten days they looked even better. They were fatter than all the young men who had been eating the king’s best food.”Daniel 1: 12-15 (NLV)
Daniel knew obeying God was enough and would give him a supernatural countenance even after eating vegetables.
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”John 6:35 (NKJV)
The women at Joppa took a leap of faith and refused to bury the dead Tabitha. Instead, they sent for Peter, who was by then at Lydda.
Though the bible does not state that they asked him to come and raise her, it is clear that they believed Peter had the power to bring her back to life. Indeed, when he came, Peter, who also had faith that she would come back to life, commanded her to ‘get up!” By faith, Tabitha came back to life.
“Peter made them all leave the room. Then he got down on his knees and prayed. He turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes and looked at Peter and sat up. He took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then he called in the faithful followers and the women whose husbands had died. He gave her to them, a living person.”Acts 9: 40-41
If the women had walked by sight, they would have wailed and mourned for the supposedly dead Tabitha. But walking by faith yielded joy and life!
A Ruler of the People
A ruler who had heard what Jesus could do believed that his dead daughter would breathe again after Jesus laid his hands on her. He walked not by sight but by faith and believed in the supernatural power of Christ Jesus.
“While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.”Matthew 9:18
But while Jesus and the ruler walked by faith, the crowd walked by sight. They laughed and ridiculed him when he notified them that the girl was ‘asleep!’
To them, Jesus was uninformed or just ignorant. They considered themselves wise; Jesus was foolish, though!
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)
Thanks to God, through faith, the power of God brought the seemingly dead girl back to life.
“He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.”Matthew 9:24-25 (NKJV)
Abraham, the Father of Faith!
Abraham is credited as the father of faith. Right from meeting God, Abraham did not waver in faith. God told him to move from his father’s land and go to a country that God would show him. Physically, he saw no land, nor did he have the name of the land either. But he started the journey anyway!
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people, and your father’s household to the land I will show you.”Genesis 12:1 (NIV)
Abraham walked by faith, which helped him see with his spiritual eyes the land to which the Lord wanted him to go.
What do we say, therefore? Do we continue walking by sight or by faith?
“A man cannot please God unless he has faith. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He is. That one must also know that God gives what is promised to the one who keeps on looking for Him.”Hebrews 11:6 (NLV)
A Gentile Woman
A gentile woman whose daughter had been possed by a demon approached Jesus for help. Considering that she was a gentile and Jesus was a Jew, Jesus objected.
“Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews. It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”Mark 7:27 (NLT)
Jesus, in this context, referred to the gentiles as ‘dogs’ to show their unworthiness in accessing the blessings meant for God’s ‘children.’ The children in this context refer to the Jews.
But the woman did not mind the ‘insult.’ She knew through faith; she could have her daughter healed. She kept insisting and begging Jesus. Indeed, according to her faith, so was it done.
“Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”Mark 7:29
This gentile woman is an excellent example of what you may have to endure in your walk of faith. Some may label you as a fool or insane or whatever else they wish. But you must keep walking by faith until you get what you need.
What Is the Difference Between Walking in Faith and Sight?
The main difference between walking in faith and sight is:
- Walking in sight enables you to do what anyone, through their human abilities, can do,
- Walking in faith is doing what is humanly impossible.
Peter, clearly shows us what it means to walk by faith. But he also shows us the repercussions of walking by sight. Science says, “Technically speaking, walking over pure water isn’t possible.” But Peter did walk on water! Peter only saw water using his physical eyes. However, his inner eyes (his eyes of faith) noticed a surface capable of comfortably holding his weight, allowing him to easily walk.
It did not matter if the buoyancy of water and the surface tension were incapable of holding Peter’s weight; faith made what was humanly impossible possible!
However, at some point, Peter must have thought, “But how possible is it that I am walking on water?” And boom! He started sinking. He had started walking by sight, not by faith. He started doubting what he was doing by looking for physical evidence and understanding.
The consequences? He started sinking!
Praise be to God; he was not far from where Jesus was, so Jesus simply grabbed his hand to save the man from the consequences of a sinking faith!
“At once Jesus put out His hand and took hold of him. Jesus said to Peter, “You have so little faith! Why did you doubt?”Matthew 14:31 (NLV)
How Can I Walk by Faith?
First, you must know that it has nothing to do with you. It is all about the author of your walk of faith. This, therefore, means that what you see is not what He sees.
So, when he says, “step forward,” please do so without asking questions because he can see what your eyes may not see. Unless, of course, your spiritual eyes are enlightened.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
So, here’s how to walk by faith.
Listen to the Word of God Every Day!
Hearing the word of God yields to faith. It does not matter if you are listening to a live stream sermon or on YouTube, or maybe you are the one reading the bible out loud; faith will begin to build inside you.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Romans 10:17 (KJV)
The more you listen to the word of God, the more you know and understand God’s will over your life. You’ll know what he wants of you and what he has given you as a possession. That’s how you begin to believe Him for the things you do not have, including healing and financial breakthrough.
Obey God Unconditionally
God is all-knowing; he knows all. So, his understanding outsmarts ours. He knows the right path for you to take. Do not be afraid if you cannot see the end of the tunnel. Have faith, like a child, and trust him. Be assured that he will guide you to the end. Keep your ears attentive to him and obey without seeking any explanation.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Do Not Trust In Your Human Power Or Ability
It is not about what you know or what you can do. It is all about what God can do.
“Then God said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’”Genesis 35:11a (NLT)
He is not limited, and not a single mountain can prevent him from doing whatever is in his heart.
He brought down the walls of Jericho without anyone laying their hands on them. It was not about how tightly or loosely its gates were shut; it was about God’s power that could bring them down.
“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.”Jeremiah 17:5 (KJV)
He made the red sea dry so his children could cross to the other side. The Jordan river could also not withstand his mighty power; it had to give way for the chosen generation to travel to the other side.
Focus On God’s Promises, Not on What You See, Feel, or Hear
If it is a sickness that you believe God will heal, keep your focus off the prevailing symptoms or pain. Fully fix your eyes on his promises and confess accordingly.
If you feel weak, believe that you are strong in Christ. That is your actual status in Christ.
“Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”Joel 3:10 (ESV)
Building your faith in what you see, feel, or hear kills your blessings. Take, for example, the first spies sent to spy on the land. They came with a bad report that caused panic among the Israelites.
“We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”Numbers 13:33 (NIV)
Despite God’s promises, these people refused to believe the promises of God. But Joshua, Caleb, and the two spies Joshua had sent to spy on the land had a different spirit – a spirit of faith not based on circumstances.
“They said to Joshua, “The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.”Joshua 2:24
It does not matter how the situation is; just maintain a positive confession. Speak life in place of death.
Think about the Shunammite woman whose son died. When her husband asked why she was going to see the man of God, she did not mention that the boy was dead. Surprisingly, when Elisha’s servant asked her if she was alright, she said everything was okay.
“Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’” “Everything is all right,” she said.”2 kings 4: 26
Indeed, her confession bore fruit; the boy finally returned to life. You cannot speak death and expect to rip life.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
The opposite is also true; you cannot confess life and expect to encounter death. No!
Guard Your Thoughts
Your thoughts are powerful. They affect your actions. People commit suicide or become sick due to thoughts of hopelessness, defeat, failure, and poverty, among others. On the other hand, positive thoughts make people excited.
Whatever thoughts you allow in your mind will act as seeds, and your actions will be the fruits.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Therefore, to be victorious in this world, do not allow negative thoughts to take charge of your mind.
“Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.”Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV)
Take Action NOW!
Faith without actions is dead! Do not just sit there and claim to have faith. Act!
“For just as the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience] is also dead.”James 2:26 (AMP)
If, for example, you have been thinking of moving to a new home and confessing the same, start inquiring about the cost of homes. Start saving towards the same.
If your child cannot walk, start helping that child to walk.
Are you barren? Start buying clothes for your unborn baby.
You might look like a fool, but you are not. When whatever you have been trusting God for manifests, even the people of the world will agree that faith works.
Do whatever agrees with your confession and belief.
The Meaning Behind “I Will Walk by Faith Even When I Cannot See”
“I will walk by faith even when I cannot see” means that you won’t doubt God’s promises even when they seem to tarry.
When you truly walk by faith, your eyes or ears see won’t provoke you to doubt, which causes complaining and murmuring.
Martin Luther said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you do not see the whole staircase.” So, you believe God that he will provide the ‘next staircase’ before you take the next step!
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Good Bible Verse for Faith
There are many good bible verses for faith, for example, Matthew 15:28, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:22, James 1:6, James 1:3, 1 John 5:4, and 1 Timothy 6:11, among others.
Reading or quoting these faith verses and any other isn’t enough.
Believing that what they say is true and putting it into practice is what yields supernatural things in the lives of believers.
“What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?”James 2:14 (NLT)
Though today's world exposes us to suffering, sickness, accidents, lack, and torture, take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
The Lord may seem as if He is not present in the physical world, but that’s what your ‘deceptive’ eyes see. From the spiritual realm, we know He is always with us.
So, call life forth where death exists, healing where sickness dominates, joy where sorrow triumphs, and provision where luck dominates!
Call whatever you want; as long as God has it, you can have it; IT IS ALL YOURS!
His presence in you brings supernatural power into existence in your natural world.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
You can, therefore, have anything you want as long as you believe his mighty presence is at work within you and for you! Therefore, walk by faith, not by sight! Consequently, you’ll reap joy, blessings, peace, rest, and life.
Anxiety, death, fear, failure, and losses are among the things you will face when you walk by sight. God forbid that you may choose that path.
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”Luke 18:8b
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Nicole is a wife, homeschooling mom, child of God, Navy veteran, information research analyst, and entrepreneur currently serving as a writer, healthy lifestyle coach, and flexible business strategist. Since earning a BA in Business from Virginia Wesleyan University, focusing on business strategy, she has also taken many courses and seminars in Psychology, Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Chemistry, Biology, and Theology. She loves gardening, needlepoint, hiking, animals, and teaching natural wellness and healthy lifestyle topics.