April 16, 2020
For we walk by faith, not by sight: – 2 Corinthians 5:7
Here is what the Holy Spirit taught me by simply investigating the Greek definitions of the words in this verse.
We do it together. “We” is God, Tammy and whoever I am walking with through this journey of life. I used to think it was me against the world. I thought I could do life and everything all by myself. Wrong. I know that I need “we.” I need God. I need you.
The Greek word is peripateo.
It means to make your way, progress, make do use of opportunities, be occupied, live, conduct one’s life, follow as a companion, tread all around.
Peripateo is a compound of words peri and pateo.
Further definition of peri:
We walk through, all over, about, concerning, all around, beyond, completely.
Further definition of pateo:
We tread, tread under foot, trample, crush with feet, advance by setting foot upon foot upon foot and tread upon tread. To encounter successfully the greatest perils from the machinations and persecutions with which Satan would happily try to thwart the preaching of the gospel (Luke 10:19, Ps 91:13); to treat with insult and contempt.
Pateo is probably from a derivative of paio:
We strike, smite, to sting, to hit with a single blow.
So, we walk, crush it or hit “it” with a single blow, and encounter successfully Satan’s plans against us…but more importantly God’s plans for us. How?
(dia) Greek preposition denoting the channel of act: through time, through place, through any means.
(pistis) Translated from Greek is belief, conviction that God exists and was, is, and will always be, creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of salvation through Christ who is the Messiah who was born of a virgin, died and rose again. Simply, faith is believing that God is who He says He is and will do all that His Word says He will do.
NOT: (ou) no, not, no never ever, we cannot, God forbid
BY SIGHT: (eidos) Greek for external outward appearance, form, figure, shape, see, perceive.
What we see and perceive may not be the truth. The Truth is God’s Word and what it says.
My version of walking by faith…We do it together. We WALK, drive, fly. We make our way. We progress down the road. We make do, use of our opportunities. We live. We regulate our life. We tread. We tread under foot. We trample. We crush with our feet. We advance by setting foot upon foot upon foot and tread upon tread. We encounter successfully the greatest perils from the machinations and persecutions with which Satan would happily try to thwart the preaching of the gospel and the progress of life. We strike. We smite. We sting. We hit with a single blow. T his is how we walk. We walk BY. We walk through. We walk through places. We walk through time. We walk all over. We walk all around. We walk by…FAITH, simply believing that God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do. NOT, no never, ever, we cannot God forbid…Walk by SIGHT. Walk by view. Walk by what we see. Walk by outward appearance. Walk by what we perceive. ( Because that could be a lie.) Walk only in the promises of God and who He says we are.
We have a choice. And, it is our individual choice! We can believe the devil, the false accuser, the father of lies. We can choose to walk in fear. Effectually, we will be walking around naked and exposed to the enemy. We put off the armor of God. We deactivate the killer power suit. Let me be clear, the armor is still yours, but you aren’t plugged into the Almighty Power. Repent, and it returns. The best choice: We walk by faith and not by sight. We believe God. We activate the power of God to work in and through us by believing Him. We clothe ourselves in the whole armor of God, our “Killer Power Suit.” and we “Crush it!”
I enCOURAGE you to walk by faith in our Almighty, All Powerful and All-Knowing, God.
To me “walk by faith” in the most-simple terms, means, CRUSH IT GIRL!
I enCOURAGE you to CRUSH IT GIRL! I enCOURAGE you to CRUSH IT, BOY