We Walk By Faith

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Walk by faith, Not by sight

In the Bible, in Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This verse of scripture is my favorite because of its  application in my life.

As early as seven years ago, I was living a life filled with utter chaos. If someone were to ask me about faith, I would have replied that the only faith that I had, was found in the chemical substances that I had become addicted to.

I am grateful, and give thanks to my Heavenly Father daily, that on 25 October 2007, my eyes became open, and I began to travel down an entirely different path on my life’s journey. I can honestly testify that my faith has grown stronger as I have remained clean and sober from all the drugs and alcohol that once plagued my life.

Albeit, that is not to say that my faith has not been tested. I believe that coping with the diagnosis of having Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), a mental illness that I have had all of my life, is a test of my faith. The difference in my life today is that instead of turning to chemical substances for oblique answers to the trials that I face, I have learned to put my faith and trust in the Lord. Although I may not fully understand why I must suffer this illness, I can see the hand of God at work in my life, and I believe that He is using all things in my life for good – not only to bless me personally, but as a testimony to others who may suffer with the same or similar mental illnesses. The key, I have found, is to not lose hope and to stay true to the faith. The words of the prophet Moroni in the Book of Mormon as recorded in Ether 12:6 are a reminder that “ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

I presently have 70 plus alters that I must deal with daily. Life for me in general gets really loud and noisy, and most of the time, it seems as if there is no real peace or comfort. However, I have the hope and assurance that the peace that I am seeking will come as I continue on my journey through life, walking by faith and putting my total trust and faith in the Lord.

Karlyn Kay Stebbins
September 18, 2014
Founder of The Conqueror Foundation

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “We Walk By Faith

    Steve Finnell said:
    Sunday, 26 October2014 at 18:15

    THE APOSTLE PAUL’S CONVERSION BY STEVE FINNELL

    Before discussing Saul’s conversion we need to establish a point of fact. You cannot become a Christian and have unforgiven sins. If your sins have been forgiven you are a Christian. If you are a Christian then your sins have been forgiven. It is impossible to separate forgiveness, from being in Christ. How could you say I became a Christian last night but my sins were not forgiven? By the same reasoning you could not assert that I had my sins forgiven last night but I am not a Christian.

    What is true for us, was true for the apostle Paul.

    Acts 9:3-6 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what to do.”

    Saul obviously believed in Jesus at this point, yet he was still not forgiven of his sins; therefore he was not a Christian. Paul was not saved by “FAITH ONLY.”

    Acts 9:9-11 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

    Saul believed that Jesus was Lord.
    Saul repented.
    Saul fasted and prayed for three days.
    After three days on the road to Damascus Saul was still not forgiven of his sins. Saul was not saved by faith alone, Saul was not saved by repenting alone. Saul was not saved by praying and fasting. SAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS.

    Acts 22:12-16 “A certain Ananias….13 came to me….16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’

    Saul’s sins were forgiven after he was baptized in water, not before.

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    Saul was not a Christian until he was baptized into Christ.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved……

    Saul was not saved until he was immersed in water.

    Acts 2:38…and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of you sins….

    Saul sins were not forgiven until he was baptized in water.

    Paul was saved the way all men are saved. FAITH John 3:16—REPENTANCE Acts 3:19—CONFESSION Romans 10:9-19—WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38

    YOU CANNOT SEPARATE BECOMING A CHRISTIAN AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS!

    PAUL WAS NOT SAVED ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS—-PAUL WAS SAVED IN DAMASCUS.

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