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Reflecting on the past year, I’ve pondered a question many of us ask: How did I get here? Beyond my efforts, it’s been God’s grace and mercy that sustained me. The key has been walking by faith—persevering despite challenges and trusting in His plan. Have you felt His grace in your life too? Without God’s mercy, I would have hung up my gloves long ago. I know you also have experienced God's grace and have been amazed by His will. Take a few minutes to think how many times His grace and mercy have saved you. Think about the difference between the times you walked by faith and the times you let fear and anxiety win because you walked by what you saw, fixing your eyes on the problem instead of God. There's a huge difference, right?


I know that walking by faith is not easy because sometimes we reach such a degree of fatigue that we think of throwing the towel, but God's mercy is always so great that it does not let us; it motivates us to continue. I admit that there will be days when you’ll need to crawl because you are out of strength to continue walking and force yourself to believe. There will be days when you will question Him and ask him why. But you know what? Questioning doesn't make us less. Even Jesus prayed and cried to God to allow Him to pass the cup, but the key was that He said, "You will be done and not mine," He saw beyond His problem and surrendered to His Father's will. That’s what we have to do, we must surrender to God’s will. "Then, saith he unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. He went away again the second time and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done." Matthew 26:38,39,42.


Walking in faith implies sacrifice, obedience, and trust. It asks us to do things that may seem crazy, but in the eyes of God, it is a vote of confidence. We should tell God to do His will and not ours. Doing so is a sign of total surrender to Him. Remembering all the promises God has given us helps us continue walking with faith. We must remember that God will fulfill His promises no matter what. "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless, and he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it." Numbers 23;19-20


We must obey and trust, and above all, BELIEVE! We must face everything with the certainty that He is by our side and is stronger than any circumstance. To believe God's Word in Romans 8:28 when it says: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." The problem is that we think that what we want is always better, but His will is always greater than anything we may ask for. In wanting to have control of all things, we lose sight of the truth that God always wants the best for us, and we must trust that He is in control. If you are honest with yourself look back at all the times you tried to impose your will and acted without asking God. You will notice that every time you tried to do things your way, the path towards what you desired became harder, and what you would have obtained sooner, took longer to achieve. We must trust God’s will, act upon our faith, and trust Him. Trusting Him does not mean we will sit down and don’t do anything, it means that we will keep on walking but, instead of walking by what we are seeing, we will walk by faith.


This week, I invite you to see things with different eyes, see beyond your problem, and cast your cares on the One who gave His life for you. Ask God, what do you want from me in this situation? Cast your cares on Him, trust His will, and continue walking. You are the one who decides, the choice is yours, you must choose if you will start walking by faith and have peace or continue walking by sight focused on the problems and trials and living in stress and fear. I choose peace, what about you?


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