Summary: A sermon on the essential of walkng by Faith in our life.
Are You Walking By Faith Or Are You Walking By Sight
2 Cor. 5:1-21
I hope that everyone had a great afternoon. Some of us got a nap, some got to visit with family and friends. And some simply got to sit and watch T.V. and relax. How many of us made plans about what we are going to do tomorrow, next week or this money. We make plans assuming that we are going to be able to carry them out. But we have no control over our lives. We like to think that we do but if we are completely honest we don’t any control what so ever. Those plans we make are contingent on whether or not we are alive to carry them out. But are we walking in faith or are we just assuming that we will be here to carry out those plans.
There is a difference between walking by faith and walking blindly through life. I don’t stumble around in the darkness because I now have the Holy Spirit in my life to light and guide my way. Those that are lost are stumbling in the darkness. There are Christians who are not walking by faith. They are struggling through life in the darkness because they are not walking by faith. They don’t depend on God for their clothes, food, or housing. They are depending on their feeble abilities to succeed. They are not enjoying their salvation. They don’t develop a close and personal relationship with Jesus. They have no history of seeing what Jesus is doing and has done in their lives. Can you tonight look back through your life and see where God has blessed you, how He answered your prayers and how He has shielded you from evil. Has their been times you can’t understand how you lived through some event in your life. That was God being faithful to you.
An old Scotsman operated a little rowboat for transporting passengers. One day one of the passengers noticed that the good old man had carved on one oar the word "Faith," and on the other oar "Works." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man being a well-balanced Christian and glad of the opportunity for testimony, said, "I will show you." So saying, he dropped one oar and plied the other called Works, and they just went around in circles. Then he dropped that oar and plied with the one called Faith, and the little boat went around in circles again---this time the other way around, but still in a circle. After this demonstration the old man picked up Faith and Works, and plying both oars together, sped swiftly over the water, explaining to his inquiring passenger, "You see that is the way it is in the Christian life. Dead works without faith are useless, and ’faith without works is dead’ also, getting you nowhere. But faith and works pulling together make for safety, progress, and blessing.
How do we walk by Faith?
I. We are to be confident in our ministry because of our faith in Jesus Christ.
a. We are to be confident not matter what happens to us here on earth because we realize that God is in charge.
i. V.2-4 If our body dies we will be home in heaven.
ii. We must desire to put on Jesus every day.
iii. We are confident even though we can’t see Jesus with our physical eyes. We know that He exist even though we can’t see Him because we can feel Him and see what He has done in our life and the lives of those around us.