A Word from THE WORD!!! #6 Walking– By Faith Or By Sight???
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God
to every one that believeth;
to the Jew first,
and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God
as it is written,
shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
How are we to walk by faith? By the power of the “new birth” that God works in those who come to Jesus in repentance and faith in His substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for our sin—mine and yours—and being made a “new creation” inChrist Jesus!
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things
are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
But how is this worked in us? By the power of the Holy Spirit, and the coming of The Lord Jesus Christ to live a sinless life, being The Lamb of God, who had come to die for our sin.
“That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man
that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them
that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.” John 1:12-13
As John the Baptizer said:
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him,
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said,
After me cometh a man
which is preferred before me:
for he was before me.” John 1:29-30
Because of what Jesus did, I can walk by faith—faith in The One who loved me and you, and gave Himself for me/you, that we could live IN HIS power, as I/you die to ‘my’ flesh and live unto ‘my’ LORD Jesus!
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
So, how are you “living”? By your own wiles, efforts, and schemes, or by the power of Jesus? Have you been “born again” by the Spirit of God, or are you still walking in your own sin, your own way, with the consequences that accompany that choice? It is your choice but choose wisely there is a test!
“For by grace are ye saved
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works,
lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained
that we should walk
in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10
And in closing, the definition of faith from the author of Hebrews:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report
….6 But without faith
it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.” Portions of Hebrews 11:1-6
So, who are you seeking? How are you walking? By faith? Or by sight? Are you walking with a “cross” simply hanging around your neck, or have you taken up your “cross” to follow Jesus?
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross,
and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life
for my sake
shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?
or what shall a man give
for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-26
Amen and Amen!!! May Jesus speak to your heart today!