We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

2 Corinthians 5

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Our Future after Death
For we know that if our temporary, earthly dwelling is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal dwelling in the heavens, not made with hands. 2 Indeed, we groan in this body, desiring to put on our dwelling from heaven, 3 since, when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 Indeed, we groan while we are in this tent, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 And the One who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment. 6 So, we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight, 8 and we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless. 11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord, we seek to persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in the outward appearance rather than in the heart. 13 For if we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we have a sound mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. 15 And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.

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The Ministry of Reconciliation
16 From now on, then, we do not know anyone in a purely human way. Even if we have known Christ in a purely human way, yet now we no longer know Him in this way. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. 18 Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

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2 Corinthians 6

Working together with Him, we also appeal to you, “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.” 2 For He says:  I heard you in an acceptable time, and I helped you in the day of salvation.
Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.

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The Character of Paul’s Ministry
3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. 4 But as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by difficulties, 5 by beatings, by imprisonments,
by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger,
6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,
7 by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left, 8 through glory and dishonor,
through slander and good report;  as deceivers yet true;
9 as unknown yet recognized; as dying and look—we live; as being disciplined yet not killed;  10 as grieving yet always rejoicing; as poor yet enriching many;
as having nothing yet possessing everything.
11 We have spoken openly to you, Corinthians; our heart has been opened wide. 12 You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections. 13 I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.

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Separation From Unbelievers
14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial? (Devil or AntiChrist) Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols? For we are the sanctuary of the living God, as God said: I will dwell among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.
17 Therefore, come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord;
do not touch any unclean thing, and I will welcome you.
18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to Me,
says the Lord Almighty.


 “Walk By Faith – Jeremy Camp”

 


 “I’ll Fly Away – Alison Krauss”

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8 thoughts on “We Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

  1. Sola Fides, Sola scriptura was the slogan of the protestant reformation. Faith and scripture makes miracles and we still can see it healed the world somewhat for 400+ years.

    And still the ripples of the reformation are passing through the earth like a tsunami and it will surface in Israel whence it left at last!

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  2. A Watchman on the Wall — Posted: 02 Sep 2016 08:32 PM PDT

    “..while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.” Hebrews 3:15

    “What has taken you years to acquire will be taken from you in an instant. Your empire will crumble for great is your sin against a holy God.

    Lies, lies from the pulpit. Lies from shepherds, lies from watchmen and prophets. Lies, yet My people accept as truth words I have never spoken.

    If you knew My Word this would not be possible. There is no time like this time to repent, to change directions. There is room at the cross for you oh fallen man. Why will you continue to reject the goodness of Almighty God.? Repent for the kingdom of God is so very, very near. Seek Me. Seek to know My truth, to know the truth from the lie. Today is the day of salvation. Today if you will hear My voice, run to Me. The Truth will set the captive free. Seek Truth!”

    “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe…” Hebrews 12:28
    “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” Revelation 20:6
    “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28
    “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him…” Colossians 3:9-10

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  3. Daily Devotional — 09/03/16:

    Being a Servant in a Superhero World

    The apostle Paul wrote two letters to the church in the city of Corinth. We must understand that Paul planted this church (Acts 18). He had shared the gospel with many of these church members; he had helped them grow in faith; he had disciplined them when they were living in disobedience; he had cheered them on when they were heading in the right direction. Paul had a special place in his heart for the church in Corinth and for the Corinthian believers.

    If you read the first letter to the Corinthian church you realize that Paul had already mentored and helped these people through some pretty serious issues and problems. Now, a group of false teachers (or false apostles) had arrived in Corinth and stirred up dissension and disunity in the church. This young congregation was facing attacks from outside and from inside. Paul’s second letter came as a challenge to keep the main thing the main thing. He did not want to see this gathering of Christ followers distracted from the mission God had placed before them. So he takes on these false teachers who he refers to as “super-apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5). You can almost see the big “S” printed on their togas. They were making claims that Paul was not powerful enough, not eloquent enough, not stately enough to be a real apostle.

    In response, Paul paints a beautiful picture of a Christlike life of service. He reminds the people that he came not to be a super-apostle but to suffer and serve like Jesus. Then he calls the people of Corinth to this same pathway of humble service. In doing so, Paul is uncovering the sinister and ungodly spirit of the super-apostles.

    It is sad to admit it but we need these same reminders in the church today. It seems the more things change, the more they remain the same. The culture of our time still lifts up the superhero and forgets the humble servant.

    Just think about how this message is reinforced in the movies with every new season of releases. Each year brings new examples. Certain names conjure vivid pictures in our minds: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Matt Damon, and Will Smith are just some of the male examples. Pick up a DVD in which one of these stars headlines and you expect to see things blowing up, extended chase scenes, and scenes where the sweaty hero needs to have his shirt off while engaging in muscle-flexing activities. By the end of the movie, the bad guys are dead and the hero stands triumphant among the wreckage of his victory. This is the superhero genre in a nutshell.

    Very few of the movies are about the glory of being a servant. One exception is The Passion of the Christ. Into our superhero-loving world comes a countercultural invitation: Be a servant. Let your heart be captured with a desire to humbly follow the way of Jesus.

    We are not called to be super-apostles or even super-Christians. We are called to the way of service, and this begins when our hearts align with the heart of Jesus. When that happens, the world will be transformed — not by force, domineering power, or flexed muscles, but as ordinary Christians extend the love, grace, and presence of Jesus with humble and authentic hearts.
    © 2014 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Visit JohnOrtberg.com for more about John Ortberg’s work and ministry.

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  4. Being a servant is being a parent! The bible says who wants to be great among you serve the lesser. So in a nutshell being great means to give example and nurture to others.

    Raising children teaches one alot about patience and caretaking.

    The next step is to bring it to others so they might see Christ in you. Thats the difficult part!

    Great examples Jc, without the Holy Spirit difficult or impossible to fulfill.

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  5. Excellent News To Share! Confirmation received that Bette & John’s Son was saved. He is the one she asked for prayers about during recent Brain Surgery and was unsaved. Apparently he was saved just prior to the Surgery.

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  6. Daily Devotional — 09/04/16:

    GLAMORIZING PERSECUTION
    For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5

    Reg Reimer, a veteran missionary in Vietnam and with the World Evangelical Alliance counters the idea that some people express which glamorizes persecution and conclude it is therefore good. He says that deprivation, cruelty and dehumanization suffered by victims of persecution are NOT good but from the enemy! He writes in the book Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom: Theological Reflections:

    In Vietnam, for example, it is well documented that in the past 30 years Christians have been harassed, discriminated against, arrested without cause, starved, beaten, imprisoned, raped, dispossessed and chased from home and fields, and even killed for Christ’s sake. Only the Evil One takes pleasure in inflicting these injustices on those made in the image of God!

    In September 2005, a Vietnamese pastor was released from a terrifying 15-month imprisonment. He had been rotated to five different prisons, was sometimes in rooms with 100 criminals and other times in a solitary cell. He had been attacked by prisoners with HIV/AIDS. He confessed to feeling alienated from his family and his church after his release. The feeling worsened. Six months after release he uttered the words, “I only discovered real loneliness when I got out of prison. My colleagues, my own brother and even my wife don’t understand and won’t believe what I tell them.” Persecution is not good!

    People much prefer the more positive reports of those who seem to flourish in persecution. It is truly amazing that for many, the persecution they suffer becomes a means of receiving grace! They testify of God’s strengthening presence in the harshest conditions. They report on God’s miraculous provisions in times of extreme need. And so persecution and suffering become an occasion for God’s comfort, often through others.[1]

    RESPONSE: Today I will resist the temptation to glamorize persecution and the persecuted. Instead I will pray unceasingly for those being traumatized.

    PRAYER: Lord please bring Your comfort to our brothers and sisters who are hurting from persecution today. And bless those who provide much needed trauma counselling for the persecuted church.

    1. Christof Sauer and Richard Howell (ed), Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom: Theological Reflections (Johannesburg, SA: AcadSA Publishing, 2010), pp.331-332.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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