Christians can walk from faith to faith. It is only the enemy who wants us to walk from faith, to doubt, to fear, to worry, to faith, to doubt, to fear, to worry, to faith and so on, up and down based on our feelings and circumstances. When we experience doubt, fear and worry, we know for certain we have veered off into the flesh and are walking by sight and not by faith. We are not called to walk by sight in the flesh. We are called to walk by faith in the Spirit, in the unseen and eternal promises of God.
But faith in what specifically?
Faith in what is unseen and eternal, faith that Jesus has made us righteous, right with the Father.
"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:33
Faith that Jesus is our righteousness. Faith in what God promises is true, but we cannot see with our eyes of flesh.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 1 Cor 1:30 NLT
Being established, by faith, in our hearts, minds and thoughts that we are righteous in Christ is how we walk from faith to faith in the Spirit with no doubt, fear or worry in between.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." Rom 1:17 NAS
Our born-again Spirit, born again in the image of Christ, is as righteous, as right with God the Father, as we will ever be, right now at this very moment by the blood of Christ. One day our redemption will be complete when our already perfected Spirit is given a new a glorified and perfected body that is free from the inherited Adamic sin nature that dwells in our still fallen flesh. But until then, we are not called to walk in the flesh by sight; we are called to walk by faith in the Spirit, faith in God’s promise that we are right with Him, righteous in Christ.
For we walk by faith, not by sight— 2 Cor 5:7 NAS
All that you are seeking today will be added unto you once you are firmly established by faith in your heart, mind and thoughts in His righteousness, that is your righteousness if you believe the gospel.
For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Rom 5:19 ESV
For our sake he made him to be Sin who knew no Sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21 ESV
Jesus has made us righteous, but we need to renew our mind, thoughts and heart to this truth.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it - the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe… Rom 3:21-22 ESV
Jesus has leveled the path for the righteous.
The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous. Isa 26:7 ESV
If we believe the truth wholeheartedly and trust, that we are righteous in Christ, leaving the burden of the promise upon God, our promise maker, the path is level. This eliminates the hills, valleys, ups and downs caused by doubt, fear and worry experienced when we walk in the flesh by sight. We walk by faith, from faith to faith, on the level path of the righteous, no doubt, fear and worry in between specifically when we do not walk by sight leaning on our own understanding. Instead, we trust what the Lords tells us is true and walk by faith in what is unseen to us yet.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Prov 3:5-6
Do you seek to walk from faith to faith and to look like Jesus in this world?
Believe, firmly establish your heart, thoughts and mind in the truth that you have His righteousness - right now. Whatever you focus on will grow. If you focus on your sinful dead flesh and try to correct it by the flesh, you will remain tangled up in the flesh. If you focus on the New Righteous Creation God has made you, you will be supernaturally transformed (metamorphosis) into His image for the world to see. You will walk in His peace that overcomes all circumstances as the fruits of the Spirit are produced in your life.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5:17 NAS
We have peace with God specifically because we are at this very moment right with God, righteous because of Jesus, as righteous as the blood of the perfect lamb of God can make us. Do you think Jesus sacrifice gave us an inferior kind of righteousness?
Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 5:1 CSB
Being firmly established, unshakeable, unmovable, in your minds, thoughts and heart that you are righteous in Christ, results in peace, quietness and trust, a level path, in God forever.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. Isa 32:17 ESV
Are you firmly established, unshakeable and unmovable in the truth of your righteousness in Christ? If your faith is in Christ, do you believe you are totally righteous at this very moment before God despite the failures of your flesh? Be honest before God, do you believe you are as righteous as you will ever be by the blood of Christ? Can you confess that you are the righteousness of Christ in the midst of your failures? If you cannot, you still think it is somewhat about you. Doubt, fear, worry and condemnation come from walking in the flesh by sight in the old creation that has passed away instead of walking in faith in what is unseen and eternal, the New Righteous Creation we are in Christ.
Do you believe Satan’s lies even a little, like the Galatians did, that Jesus sacrifice gave you a righteousness that needs improvement through your self-efforts and works, that your flesh needs to be perfected, never sinning before you will be righteous before God?
The book of Galatians deals specifically with the false gospel message of trying to perfect Jesus finished work and our salvation by the flesh, adding the law to grace to be saved.
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Gal 3:3 NAS
I get it, like the Galatians, you still do not like what you see in the mirror. You sincerely want to be more like Jesus for the world to see and I go into how to do that God’s way in a few paragraphs. But it is a false message that we must, or even can perfect our dead flesh, what is seen, by the dead flesh. Or that we must maintain our salvation through law-keeping and good works. It is a false message that never leads to the true transformation you seek. This is why Paul railed against it in the book of Galatians stating that anyone that preaches such a thing should be accursed, remain under the curse of the law. Trying to perfect our dead flesh by our dead flesh, keeps us in the flesh and out of the Spirit where we have God’s victory. God did not even perfect our flesh; it is going to die. So, what makes you think you can resurrect and perfect what God sees as crucified and dead on the cross with Christ? Paul is very clear; we cannot perfect Jesus finished work by our fallen flesh. To try and do so is a dead work because Jesus finished work is already perfect in our born again righteous and perfected Spirit. Our flesh is crucified and dead. Sin has been condemned in all flesh and this is why it dies. As believers, our perfected righteous Spirit has been circumcised, set apart, set free from our dead flesh. Thank God!
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; Col 2:11 NAS
The Galatians believed the gospel Paul had preached. They were followers of Christ like us, but Paul states they were deceived into adding the law back in, in addition to grace, as a requirement for salvation, to maintain their salvation. This is walking by sight and not by faith as we are called to do. By doing this, they had fallen from grace, made grace of no effect in their lives, were severed from Christ. By adding the law, we fall from God’s grace as we walk by sight instead of faith. This is what the Galatians had done. The law is about sight and our flesh. We see the failures of our flesh instead of by faith seeing the perfection of the New Righteous Creation we are in Christ, in the Spirit.
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” Gal 3:11-12 ESV
We are walking by sight in the flesh when we look at our fallen flesh and its failures. Instead of walking from faith to faith in the Spirit in what is unseen, we come under condemnation, guilt, doubt, fear and worry when we walk by sight and try to perfect our flesh by the flesh. When the truth is God did not redeem our flesh, He condemned sin in the flesh and watched it be crucified and die on the cross with Jesus. None of us want to be severed from Christ and fall from grace. Therefore, we do not want to make law keeping a requirement in our thoughts and minds for salvation in addition to God’s grace, as the Galatians had done. Just a leaven, pinch, of the law makes grace of no effect, cancels out grace.
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Gal 5:4 NAS
Let me be clear; I do not believe that adding the law back to grace leads a person to be unsaved. Virtually every believer adds the law back to some degree in their minds and thoughts. God has made us a promise in John 3:16 and He will keep it. His promise is not based on our perfect faith. He is faithful, even when we are unfaithful. But adding the law back cuts us off in our minds and thoughts from His grace. Law cancels out grace making it of no effect as Gal 5:4 KJV states. This incorrect believing by the Christian leads them to walk in the flesh in doubt, fear, worry and condemnation instead of from faith to faith in the Spirit, in victory over the sin nature that still dwells in our flesh.
So if you want victory in this life, let go of the law and cling to Christ and His righteousness 1,000 percent. His righteousness has made us righteous, right with God. We do not need the law to do the next right thing, the love of Christ compels us to walk in His love. LOVE is the only thing that fulfills Gods law according to scripture – Rom 13:8-10, Gal 5:14. When you walk by faith in the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit are produced supernaturally and this is what transforms us into His image. The primary fruit of the Spirit is LOVE. This is what stops outward acts of sin, even doubt, fear and worry.
If you do not believe you are as righteous as you will ever be before God, you have been deceived by Satan who still has you sin conscious, looking in the mirror at your flesh under the law, walking by sight and not by faith. When the truth is, we are no longer under the Old Covenant law of Moses, but under grace for one specific reason, so sin, our fallen inherited sin nature, will no longer have dominion over us. If we think we are still under the law even in the slightest, our inherited sin nature will still rule.
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 ESV
If we think we are still under the law, we will walk by sight and remain conscious of our sins and walk in doubt, fear and worry a good portion of the time. When we are supposed to walk by faith, from faith to faith in the Spirit conscious of His righteousness and reign in this life.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Rom 5:17 NAS
When we walk by sight in the flesh as though we are still under the law, we are severed from the grace of Christ -Gal 5:4 - and our faith walk turns to doubt, fear and worry as we walk by sight gazing at our dead flesh and the law instead of Jesus and the New Righteous Creation we are right now in Him. Walking in the flesh by sight is what causes our life to be difficult. The flesh is where doubt, fear and worry reside.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus, you are righteous in Christ if you believe it or not. But this life will be rough, filled with doubt, fear and worry if we do not believe you are fully righteous, right with God in Christ. We are supposed to be no longer conscious of our sins specifically because Jesus sacrificed worked and made us righteous, right with God.
Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? Heb 10:2 NAS
God wants you to be conscious of your righteousness in Christ instead, the New Righteous Creation you have been made in the Spirit that is eternal, no longer doing the dead work of trying to cleanse your temporal dead flesh from sin, when Jesus has already finished the work, perfecting you born again Spirit.
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb 9:14
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11 NAS
Those who by faith believe Jesus sacrifice worked and are no longer conscious of their sins, walk from faith to faith in what is unseen and eternal and are conscious of our sanctification, holiness and righteousness in Christ.
But you were cleansed; you were made holy (sanctified); you were made right (righteous) with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor 6:11 NLT (amplification mine)
By faith, our minds and thoughts are captivated by His obedience and finished work on the cross that has made us righteous.
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Cor 10:5 NAS
By faith, our minds and thoughts are in agreement with the Holy Spirit who does not convict us of our sin as some teach. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our righteousness in Christ as the Bible states clearly. When we agree with the Holy Spirits in this area we have victory.
And concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; John 16:10 NAS
It is only Satan who wants you to be sin conscious, eyes on fallen flesh and the law, eyes off Jesus perfect sacrifice and His finished work, thinking Jesus sacrifice was not enough and that something else needs to be done. It is only Satan who wants you to live in doubt, fear, worry and condemnation. He will fight to keep you in the flesh where defeat resides, making you fearful to let go of the law and trust only Jesus sacrifice like God wants us to. Satan knows victory happens in the Spirit, not in the flesh. Satan cannot get to us in the Spirit, but he can and does attack us in the flesh as evidenced by the doubt, fear and worry we experience in the flesh.
When we walk in the flesh we are subject to condemnation in our thoughts and minds when in Christ, walking from faith to faith in the Spirit, it what is unseen, there is no condemnation – Rom 8:1, John 3:18.
God has not redeemed our still fallen flesh. Sin has been condemned in our temporal fallen flesh, - Rom 8:3, and it must die, the wages of sin is death. God did not perfect our flesh like He has our born-again Spirit. Nor can we perfect or still fallen flesh. It is only Satan who wants us to walk by sight and to try to resurrect and perfect our dead flesh by the flesh instead of walking in the Spirit by faith, from faith to faith in what is unseen, where we reign in this life.
God sees our flesh as crucified and dead on the cross with Christ as we are called to do by faith.
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Gal 2:20 NAS
We are called to walk from faith to faith in the Spirit, in what is unseen, in our righteousness, sanctification, holiness, perfection and completeness in Christ. We are not to walk by sight in the old creation, the flesh that has passed away on the cross. We are of good courage specifically because we walk by faith in His righteousness. We know for certain we are right with God.
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Cor 5:6-9 NAS
If we walk by sight in the flesh, this courage leaves us as we open the door wide for Satan’s attacks and doubt, fear and worry take over.
What pleases God? Faith in His truth of who we are now in Christ, faith in His promises, faith that we are a New Righteous Creation in Christ.
And 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 seek Him. Heb 11:6 NAS
What is God looking for? Faith in His truth of who we are now in Christ a New Righteous Creation.
"I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8 NAS
Walking from faith to faith in His promises and the truth of who we are in Christ and no longer by what we see in the mirror by sight is what pleases God. Your flesh is crucified and dead on the cross. Stop trying to perfect it. Focus on who you are in Christ, in the Spirit and be transformed supernaturally into His image.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Gal 5:16-18 NAS
This is what you long to see in your life, the fruits of the Spirit that will overcome and overwhelm the failures of the flesh.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Gal 5:22-24 NAS
We focus on what God tells us is true even though we cannot see it yet. This is the faith God is looking for, the faith of Joshua and Caleb who walked into the promised land and believed Gods promise over the giants they saw with their eyes. What we can see with our eyes is temporal. What is unseen is eternal, our righteousness, sanctification, holiness, perfection and completeness in Christ is eternal.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:18 NAS
Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, Heb 12:2a NAS
When we fix our eyes on Jesus finished work and focus on what God says is true in our Spirit, our born-again Spirit rises to the surface and takes control of our lives in the here and now. This is when the fruits of the Spirit are produced and overcome all the failures and sins of our flesh supernaturally. The fruits of the Spirit are not produced through works or effort. They are supernaturally produced by right believing. Living by faith, from faith to faith in what is unseen, believing God’s promises. Specifically, what God tells us is true about who we are in Christ. Our righteousness, sanctification, holiness, perfection and completeness cannot be seen by sight in the flesh. They can only be seen by faith. When we believe God, believe these are true to our core, we have great victory and faith that can move mountains.
In Christ I Am:
Greatly loved by God - Ephesians 2:4 - Forgiven of all my sins - Ephesians 1:7
Free from the law of sin and death - Romans 8:2 - Righteous - Rom 5:19
Complete - Colossians 2:10 NASB - Justified - 1 Corinthians 6:11
Sanctified - Hebrews 10:10 NASB - Holy and without blame - Ephesians 1:4
Perfected - Hebrews 10:14 NASB
Praise and thank God for who you are in Christ right now at this very moment and let your Spirit begin to soar to the surface and overtake your life in this world. This is how we worship God in Spirit and truth. This is how we honor what Jesus has done and honor the Holy Spirit that dwells within us who convicts believers of our righteousness in Christ – John 16:10.
We are to walk from faith to faith as though eternity is already our reality because it is our reality right now. It is a done deal. Waking in the Spirit is walking by faith in what is unseen and eternal.
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor 4:18 NAS
By walking from faith to faith in what is unseen but God states is true, we worship God in Spirit and truth.
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24 NAS
I want to leave you with Paul in Romans 7 and 8. This is where Paul is describing what we are talking about, how to walk in the Spirit from faith to faith, it took him some time to figure out. If you remember, Paul spent three years in isolation renewing his mind after coming to Christ before he returned to do his work. There was a great battle going on within him. A battle between the fallen flesh that still houses its inherited Adamic sin nature and the born-again, righteous and perfected Spirit in Christ. When we are born again, we do not automatically walk in the Spirit, in eternal truth by faith. At first, we continue to walk in our flesh by sight. Unfortunately, many never learn to walk in the Spirit and although saved, struggle mightily in this life living primarily in the flesh by sight. This is why the Bible tells us we need to renew our minds to the truth to be transformed. Paul had to learn to walk in the Spirit like we all do. The verses below describe Paul’s experience that Christians can all relate to. It is focusing on the unseen truths God reveals to us in His word that leads us to walk by faith in the Spirit and be transformed as the fruits of the Spirit are supernaturally produced. God tells us our born again Spirit is a new creation, righteous, sanctified, holy, perfected and complete in His word. This is the unseen we believe by faith, trusting Gods word over what we see in the mirror. This is how we defeat the flesh. This is how we defeat sin. This is how we walk from faith to faith, are transformed and walk in the Spirit having great victory and freedom as Paul describes in Romans 8 below.
The Conflict of Two Natures
Romans 7:14-25 NAS
14For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into bondage to sin. 15For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 16But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. 17So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. 20But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.
21I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
Romans 8: 1-17 NAS
1Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
12So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” 16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
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And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20