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Walk by Faith Not By Sight
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Posted on 11/08/2003 2:21:00 PM PST by xzins

"Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 (KJV)

When we're living in our physical bodies, we're absent from the Lord. We can talk to him and have a relationship with him, but we can't see him. We follow his commandments through faith and we keep pressing toward the goal to be with the Lord, through faith. We can't see him, but we know he's there. That's faith, we walk by faith and not by sight. We must keep believing and walking in faith, there are times when people tell us, "Where is God, I can't see him?" Those people walk by sight and their lives seem meaningless to me. We need something to believe in, but what we believe in should be real. I used to believe in wrestling, but that's phony it's all fake! I want to believe in something real, something that I know is there. I want to believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, even though I can't see them. That doesn't matter to me, a blind man can't see anything, but they know things are there. They feel or hear those things and I've felt and heard God. We're spiritually blind in our physical bodies. Keep believing and walking by faith and not by sight!

"We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Cor. 5:7

By Shane Scott

Have you ever imagined that you were blind? I have tried many times to identify with those who are blind by taking just a few steps with my eyes closed. After a couple of steps I am totally disoriented. It is so unnatural for us to walk without looking where we are going, yet that is precisely what Paul says we Christians must do. "For we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). This principle has several applications.

Authority Those who "walk by sight" depend for authority upon what they experience - not by visions they see, voices they hear, or emotional surges they feel. But a reliance upon the senses for authority is dangerous. An experience is inherently ambiguous and needs interpretation (see John 12:28-30). Further, the Bible teaches that not all sense-experiences are of divine origin; rather, God allows Satanic deceptions to delude those who "did not believe the truth" (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Those who "walk by faith" confide in revelation for authority. In fact, our faith and the revelation of God's word are so connected in the Bible that sometimes the gospel message is referred to as "the faith" (Jude 3). After all, the only way to "walk by faith" is to walk as Scripture directs (Romans 10:17). Perhaps the most pointed statement of the supremacy of revelation to experience is in 2 Peter 1, where Peter says that he believed not only because of the great sight he beheld on the Mount of Transfiguration, but also be cause of the "even surer prophetic word" (2 Peter 1:19, NASB marginal note).

Materialism Those who "walk by sight" manage materialism with anxiety. Most people in our world are far more concerned with accumulating wealth than they are serving God. And on one level this is understandable, because you can see money and the attendant pleasures it yields, but you cannot see God. But the problem is that the eyes of man are never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20). The pursuit of wealth eventually becomes an obsession, a god (Matthew 6:24; Colossians 3:5), and man never reaches the point where he has enough. Yet, our material world fluctuates so much there is no guarantee that the fortune you have today will exist tomorrow. This is why Paul told Timothy to instruct the rich not to "fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches," a hope which "plunges men into ruin and destruction" (1 Timothy 6:17,9). It is this uncertainty that produces anxiety.

Those who "walk by faith," however, handle this world's goods with contentment. They realize that God has promised to supply our material needs if we have the faith to place His reign first in our lives (Matthew 6:33).

The apostle Paul is a good illustration of this principle. As he says, "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am," because "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:11b,13).

Suffering Those who "walk by sight" deal with suffering with stark despair. If our perspective is strictly one that demands for justice and equity in this life, we will be like Asaph, whose "steps had almost slipped" as he "saw the prosperity of the wicked" (Psalm 73:2-3) . All of us have wondered why the wicked seem to prosper while those of us trying to do what is right suffer so much. Our faith will falter like Asaph's if we try to answer this dilemma from a strictly worldly point of view. If we will "walk by faith," though, we will face suffering with hope. Paul was no foolish visionary. With grim realism, he came to grips with all he had suffered (2 Corinthians 11:24-28). But the reason he did not despair is found in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: "Therefore we do not lose heart . . . for momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory . . . while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." Paul was hopeful in the face of suffering because his sights were set on heaven, not on this world.

The Bible challenges us to "walk by faith, not by sight." This task is as unnatural as walking with our eyes closed. But the more steps we take, the more comfortable this walk will be come, and the more confident we will be of the destination of our walk. And ultimately that's what faith is all about - it is "the assurance of things hoped for" (Hebrews 11:1).

When things come and knock us down, what shall we do then?

* Get down on our knees and pray-(cf. James 5:13 & 15)-The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (v.16).

* Continue to praise and place our trust in Him-(Psalms 34:1 & 8)

I once heard of a story of this farmer, who was carrying a sack of potatoes over his back, walking to the market. A bullock cart came along and offered him a ride to the market. He gladly accepted the ride and sat behind the cart. After a while, the rider turned around to see how the farmer was doing, and to his surprise, saw the farmer carrying the sack on his back, while sitting in his cart!

Implication: We prayed about the issue but still carry the burden on ourselves. We find it difficult to leave our burdens at the feet of Jesus. We are almost like the farmer--we gladly accepted the ride, and yet we refuse to put down the sack of potatoes in the cart. We need to learn from this story. Read Mathew 11:28-30.

The above 2 steps seems simple, but it's not easy to practice. It takes courage to do so. Thus, if the going gets tough, we need to pause, be calm and claim God's promises. God can never take back his Word. Always call God's hotline number. Jeremiah 33:3.

Walk...With Jesus...Walk Everyday...and...Walk all the Way...

We are too short-sighted to see the future. Some things have to be taken by faith. It's the only way.

TOPICS: General Discusssion; Prayer; Theology
KEYWORDS: believe; faith; see; sight

1 posted on 11/08/2003 2:21:01 PM PST by xzins
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I'm reminded of the verse first of all, but the verse "walk by faith not by sight" also reminds me of the old Petra song by the same name.

Sometimes we're runnin' along
Blind to where we're goin'
Sometimes we lose our bearings
When the storm is blowin'

We know this shadow land is only temporary
These light afflictions work a great eternal glory

We walk by faith, not by sight
Strengthened by His glorious might
Walk by faith, not by sight
Heading for that land of light
Walk by faith and not by sight

Sometimes we ain't so sure
He sees us when we're kneelin'
Sometimes we forget salvation ain't a feelin'
We know that Jesus died for our justification
We grow in His image by suffering tribulations

Hold fast your confidence
You've got an invitation
To meet Him in the air
at His revelation
2 posted on 11/08/2003 2:25:13 PM PST by xzins (Proud to be Army!)
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