Weekend Worship :: Walking by Faith


This week for Weekend Worship I want to share with you something that God has been dealing with me about. I struggled, as a teenager, with trusting God. I worried about everything. The worry became so extensive that I was placed on prescription Zantac as a 16 year old and the doctor told me that I was in the beginning stages of a stomach ulcer. I asked God for the ability to trust Him and He gave it to me in supernatural ways. For almost 15 years now I have had the ability to simply trust Him regardless of what came into my life. Recently, though, the sin of worry has crept back into my life. I have struggled with trust and as I’ve been seeking God’s heart, my wife reminded me of a powerful passage from Philippians 4.

4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

As I read that again, I was struck by verse 7 which claims that God’s peace will “guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” What a powerful statement! God is working to protect my heart and mind as I trust and rejoice in Him and His goodness.

This week, the song I want to post is a story of the amazing grace of God as we walk by faith. Jeremy Camp’s song, “Walk by Faith” is a wonderful song on its own, but when you listen to it and realize that he wrote the song after experiencing the loss of his wife to cancer after being married for only 4 months, it takes on an even more powerful meaning. I hope that you will enjoy listening to this song, and Camp’s testimony of God’s faithfulness, and that you will walk by faith this week.

Blessings!

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

2 thoughts on “Weekend Worship :: Walking by Faith

  1. Micah,

    When my Dad died, I didn’t know how to react. I was always a daddy’s boy, but I’d contemplated the role reversal thing, which we’d experienced with him and his growing disabilities, so when he succumbed to a stroke, my reaction was more or less “OK .. so this is what it’s like .. I wonder what it’s supposed to be like???”

    Reflecting on that the night that he died, my mind ran to verses proclaiming that 2 of His gifts were peace that passes understanding, and joy unspeakable. I finally decided that He offers us those, but nowhere tells us that we MUST feel that way. My conclusion was that, if we wanted peace and joy, we had to decide we’d be peaceful and joyful.

    I did, and I was.

    I’ve applied the same thing to fears. They crop up, and I simply remind myself that He offers us freedom from fear (you know all the verses), but I think we have to decide that we’ll take it and let ourselves be that way.

    Might be simplistic, might be naive, but it’s worked for me.

  2. Micah,
    Thank you not only for your posting of Jeremy Camp for Weekend Worship, but much more so for your humble vulnerability in sharing your own struggles. Yet it is in our weakness, our recognition of our powerlessness, that we are strong in His strength. This can sound like a pious platitude, and it can be that, but for everyone who’s been there, who’s experienced the debilitating weight of worry and felt the Lord of Glory lift it from us onto Himself, this is, as Luther says, “…most certainly true.” God gives us His Word of Assurance, ministers to us by His Spirit, and brings us hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart together to bear one another’s burdens. We love you, Micah and Tracy, and thank God for all you are and for all He’s still shaping you to be.

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