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Walking By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight. NIV11

RayMcDWhen I was a younger pastor – many moons ago – I would listen on Sunday mornings to a preacher early before our worship service. His name was Frederick K.C. Price – pastor and founder of Ever Increasing Faith Ministries. Fred Price was a powerful speaker who stuck with the Word of God. He always had a good word for me. He still might be a dynamic speaker at 85 – I haven’t heard him lately.

Fred’s key verse was today’s verse – in the King James Version – 2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV 1900) – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). Too many people today – and in every age I imagine – need to be shown something to believe in.

I believe I am a better learner when I could see something rather than merely being told something (they call that a visual learner I believe). We have a whole state – Missouri I think – that has as their state motto – the Show Me State. Some people are better audio learners – hearing it helps more than showing it.

As a child I appreciated my parents being consistent with what they told us and what they did. I had friends whose parents would say do as I say not as I do by their actions. One parent told her son to stay off of drugs while using alcohol and Valium to relax. It was hard for this friend to take his parent seriously.

As Christians we are called to walk the walk as well as we talk the talk. This is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. But it is the only way our witness will have any merit. If we say one thing and do another – that will be seen as hypocrisy – and our witness will be damaged. Christianity often boils down to attitude – the condition and position of our heart. Jesus tells us that our heart will be with what we treasure. Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 – 1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

If our faith is based on what we can see – we might all be shattered. Our presidential candidate didn’t get elected – our team didn’t win that important game – our health is not what we would hope – our finances are in a shambles – I’m not at the church I want to be at – and we could go on and on. Our faith is to be based on Jesus – seen and unseen. Our faith is based on our relationship with the eternal God – not the here and now circumstances (which change season by season).

We need to walk by faith – daily. We need to walk by faith – and let our peace be in a God who is greater than our circumstances. We need to walk by faith – not by sight.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – For those who have been following my blog – I would encourage you to pray for me. I will be having rotor cuff surgery at the end of March and I’m not sure how I will function for 6 weeks with only one arm – lol.

P.S.S. – Sorry today’s devotional thought was late posting.

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February 22, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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