Walk by Faith

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NASB)
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.

In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul continues outlining the difference between the material and the spiritual worlds that we walk in. It can be hard to accept that this earth in its present state is not our final home. We are called to participate in a spiritual realm that we cannot sense but is just as real.

We take part in this spiritual world by walking in faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is believing in something we hope for but cannot see. We long and hope to see our Savior but cannot see Him at this time so we have to come to Him in faith that He exists. By continuing in faith we strengthen our belief and encourage each other.

In his sermon, The Difference between Walking by Sight and Walking by Faith, John Wesley had this to say about those who practice walking by faith:
“They think visible things to be of small value, because they pass away like a dream; but, on the contrary, they account invisible things to be of high value, because they will never pass away.”(1)

Those who walk by faith do not pay as much heed to earthly concerns as to spiritual matters. We have a promise from our Father that He will take care of those basic needs: food, clothing and shelter.

What He’s commanded us to do is to engage in the spiritual world through our faith. This is vital to our witness for Yeshua in this world.

Keeping the invisible and eternal in sight will keep us on the right path and make our walk a testimony to those around us.

Wesley also said that they base all their judgments concerning good and evil, not with reference to visible and temporary things, but to things invisible and eternal.

Jonathan Leeman, an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C., puts it this way, “If the Day of Judgment barely flashes on your mental radar, you will often make the wrong calculation.”(2)

When Peter followed Yeshua out of the boat and onto the water, he was fine until he took his eyes off the object of his faith and started looking at the world around him. That was when he began to sink.

It’s when we take our eyes off the invisible and put them on what is visible that we lose sight of eternity.

Make sure to keep your eyes on Yeshua, our Messiah and Savior so your faith will grow strong.

Blessed are you, O L-rd, our G-d, King of the Universe, Who brings the eternal into our view so we can walk towards it by faith.

(1) http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/John-Wesley-Sermons/Sermon-113-The-Difference-between-Walking-by-Sight–and-Walking-by-Faith#sthash.XEGLgO6A.dpuf

(2) http://9marks.org/article/cultural-opposition-lie-down-lean-in-lay-low-or-leave/

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We are a Messianic congregation located in the St. Louis Metro East area in Belleville, Ill.

We are followers of Yeshua (Jesus) who strive to follow the Bible with no division between Old and New Testament. This allows the Scripture to flow as one complete book and eliminates much confusion over seemingly contradicting passages.

As one Scripture and one Torah, we still follow many of the mitzvot, or commands, of the Books of Moses that were provided to set apart Israel from the pagan nations that surrounded them. We meet on Shabbat, eat Biblically kosher and observe the High Holy Days as given by Adonai.

We believe this lifestyle brings about sanctification, but not justification.

Yeshua alone provides the redemption and payment for our sins, restoring us to a righteous place in the presence of G-d.

On a personal note, my name is Ken Stephens, teacher at Beit HaTorah and student at TorahResource Institute. You can follow me on Twitter @KenStephens.

Come join us with any questions you have; we would be happy to help you look through Scripture for the answers and grow with you!