Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith in the path requires that we not do what we want to do in the cases where the flesh rises against the spirit. This might be more often than we would like to admit.
When what “I” want to do is not born of the Spirit. I am leaving the path and all of its blessings.
The decision to not leave the path I call the cold side. It is cold because the feelings that you want to motivate your actions are not there. You must act in faith without the motivating feelings because your motivations are elsewhere. You have the power to bring them back in line via submission to God.
Actions are to be fueled by feelings. These actions are generally more fruitful than actions without feelings. However there are times when action is to fuel feelings. In this case actions will bring about the feelings associated with obedience to God.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
This is a basic cycle in our walk with God:
- feelings that generate godly actions
- taking godly actions with associated good feelings
- feelings that want to generate ungodly actions
- taking godly actions with little to no associated good feelings
When there are no “feelings” to drive your actions, then choose the actions that are on the path rather than actions that are driven by the feelings.
Practice, practice, practice.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
With training we will be able to more often than not, generate the desired feelings to match godly actions…and our walk will take a different path.