Jan. 07, 2003
By: Kevin K. O’Connor
Main thought: To express the incredible contrast and beauty of the Christian Walk compared to the walk of our own selfish ways.
Walking by Faith,
Not by Sight.
2 Corinthians 5:6-8 6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
I’m so very grateful for Acts 1:4 where Christ tells those with whom He has walked with, cast out demons with, raised the dead with, walked on water with, to wait for God’s gift. It’s amazing how when God reveals great revelations to us how we like to run off with them like the lepers that received their healing. Luke 17;16-17 16He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. 17Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
Here is our Lord, risen from the dead and tells His disciples to wait!? Oh, that we would learn how to yield the reins of our hearts and wills to His. Satan desires us to follow him but uses deceit and force to try and conform us to following after him while Christ says “Behold I stand at the door and knock” Rev 3:20. Christ desires to change us after His likeness from the inside out while satan tries to change us into his image but from the outside in, -- Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Note: transformation is from the inside out while conformation is from the outside in.
It’s so hard to learn how to bring our will/hearts under submission to Christ when our minds have some amount of revelation. The disciples had much “knowledge” of Christ and His resurrection and yet that wasn’t enough. There was another yielding that was to take place so that they could be empowered to be His witnesses. It seems like the longer we walk with Christ the more tendency we have to walk with our understanding of where we walked yesterday instead of listening to His voice anew each day. I die every day–I mean that, brothers–just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) And again, other good verses depicting how we should be; Philippians 3:13-15 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Oh how our tendency is to walk by the light of yesterday’s revelations and mountain top experiences instead of learning how to seek Him anew each and every day. We have such a tendency to want to store up our victories so that we can somehow put our hearts into cruise control but God knows our tendency to be lazy so had even told His children of Israel Then the LORD said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. (Whole Chapter: In context: ).
Paul had such an overcoming heart that realized that he needed to press in each and every day with his whole heart. That kind of life is one of faith and not of sight. And when I say sight, I also mean sight of where He had us yesterday. We truly do need to learn how to walk by His Spirit as Romans 8:13-15 says 13For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, 14because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
Have you ever experienced the joy of revelation? Math does not come naturally for me so for me to finally learn the principal of how to solve a problem, there is great joy in that. So too, when we learn a spiritual truth, there’s a joy that accompanies it. Unfortunately, our nature is to try and heap unto ourselves more and more understanding with our minds and don’t realize the importance our Lord sets on living what He is revealing to us. Kind of like the bread from Heaven the Lord supplied Israel. It was for them to go out each day and gather what they needed except the Sabbath. But just like then, the nature of man hasn’t changed. They tried to store up more than they needed and the Lord had it infested with maggots the next morning. So too, knowledge of God’s Word is like Honey to our souls but look what the Lord has to say about that; Proverbs 24:13-14 13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste. 14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. But then, look what happens when we hoard even honey which is sweet; Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) And then again in it states; It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory. (Whole Chapter: In context: )
We as God’s people have a tendency to even to try and hoard God’s Word but look at how His Word is to be to us; Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Whole Chapter: In context: ) Note how specific and directional God’s Word is supposed to be to us. We’d love for it to be like a flood light that lit up everything around us, but I believe there was a very good reason for the Lord to close off 90 percent of our brain’s capacity to us. It seems that we have such a tendency to put our trust in what our minds can comprehend and not in Him. Who knows? Maybe this fact is what led to satan’s self-pride and downfall. So, I’m grateful that He has chosen to withhold the other 90% until after we see Him. And, I’m glad that He has reserved the privilege to live with Him forever to those who have learned to live for Him by Faith, and not by sight.
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