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Are We Walking By Faith?

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

What is it we believe in without seeing it first? What is it we believe in without holding it in our own hands? Not much I would say. We often if not almost always need things proven to us or shown to us.

Have any of us ever taken part in the team building exercise where a person is blindfolded and asked to fall backwards and trust that someone from the team will catch them? I’ve experienced this exercise a number of times. You fall backwards without seeing who might or might not be there – trusting that someone will be. It is an amazing experience.

Have any of us had a person we trusted break trust with us? Maybe a spouse we pledged to love forever? Maybe a partner at work – maybe a co-owner of a business? How about a life-long friend? When trust is broken – it is a hurt that is not easily healed.

I must admit – it is not easy trusting in anyone or anything you cannot see or prove beyond a shadow of a doubt. Having faith in Jesus is not easy. It is not even natural. It must be supernatural. It can only truly be lived out if the Holy Spirit is upon us.

A pastor I would listen to every Sunday morning before going to church myself and preaching – Rev. Frederick Price – used today’s passage as his theme scripture. He would end each service by saying – for we live by faith, not by sight.

We’ll be preaching a sermon this Sunday titled – Faith Is More Than Emotions – and today’s passage will be part of the material I will use. Faith is more than head knowledge or personal experience or emotions. There is a deep trust factor involved with faith. We trust that Jesus has our back – He said He would never leave us nor forsake us.

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Faith is something we must live in and develop in our lives. Faith is more than simply saying we believe – it is taking action as we walk out our faith. Saying we trust or have faith in our co-workers – that they would have our back as we fall back – without actually falling backwards – is not faith at all but lip service. Do we give God lip service when it comes to our faith? Or do we actually walk in faith day-by-day?

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

September 26, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Theology | , , , , , ,

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