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Have Faith 

Sight is not faith

Second Corinthians 5.7

Inspiration came from: http://forthright.net/2013/09/30/have-faith/

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • October 6, 2013, In the year of our Lord, 2013

 

Prelude

  1. If you let go, and 
    1. let God,
    2. what will happen?
  2. We can quote Second Corinthians 5.7, but 
    1. can we live it?

      7 For we walk by faith, not by sight (2Co 5.:7).

    2. What does that mean?

Persuasion

  1. Faith Waits 
    1. It waits on the Lord to act, because
      1. He always has.
      2. It knows that God will provide, because
        1. He always has.
        2. It does not try to force the Lord’s hand.
          1. Abraham and Sarah tried it, but
          2. that did not work.
    2. We all have issues in our lives,
      1. something that tests our faith,
      2. making us want to walk by sight.
        1. It might be a job,
          1. wanting to know it will always be there;
        2. it might be a relationship,
          1. hoping it will always be what we want;
        3. it might be a struggle with doubts,
          1. wanting to have all the answers;
        4. it might be physical needs,
          1. hoping that the source of help will never go away;
        5. it might be sickness of mind or body,
          1. wanting perfect health forever.
    3. We want to see,
      1. believing that will give security and peace of mind, but
      2. sometimes tomorrow is not like today,

        13 Consider the work of God;
        For who can make straight what He has made crooked?
        14 In the day of prosperity be joyful,
        But in the day of adversity consider:
        Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other,
        So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
        (Ecc 7.13–14)

  2. Faith Trusts 
    1. Sight is not faith.
      1. We quote Second Corinthians 5.7 academically, but
      2. we need to live it in reality.
    2. We think that seeing is believing.
      1. However, seeing is not believing.
      2. While faith knows,
        1. it knows because it has been given adequate testimony
        2. to turn that knowledge into trust.

          1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb 11.1).

          1. Faith might be blind, because
          2. it did not see the event, but
            1. adequate evidence exists
            2. to know that God is real.
    3. Perhaps we cannot see now answer or solution, but
      1. faith knows that God has brought us this far,
      2. He will carry us all the way to the end.
        1. God promised to lead Israel out of Egypt and
        2. to take them to the Land of Canaan.
          1. He leads them out,
          2. they cross the Sinai peninsula,
            1. they come through a valley
            2. to be deposited on the shores of the Red Sea.
              1. Then the Egyptians catch up to them.
                1. A mighty army at their back and
                2. a huge body of water in front of them.
      3. Then Moses speaks,

        13 And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exo 14.13–14).

        1. Then the Lord tells Moses to raise his rod,
        2. stretch it out over the Red Sea, and
          1. divide it for Israel,
          2. showing them what it means to have faith.
  3. Faith Knows 
    1. Faith knows that God is faithful.
    2. Our faith in God
      1. hangs upon the character of God.
      2. Is He a God of truth?
        1. Yes, of course!
        2. Then when He makes promises,
          1. He shall keep them.
          2. Hear what Paul told the Philippians,

            19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phi 4.19).

            1. He was doing that before I knew Him,
            2. He will continue doing it especially now that I know Him.
    3. Watch God fill your needs and
      1. let that reality bolster your faith.
      2. However, without faith we want to focus on
        1. the unique circumstances,
        2. the difficult situations,
        3. the insurmountable obstacles, and
        4. our present emptiness.
  4. Faith Fulfills 
    1. He who has faith
      1. knows fullness of spirit
      2. as it waits for God’s answer.
        1. Faith has experienced numberless times
        2. when the Lord did the unexpected.
    2. Faith delights in God’s present activity,
      1. pondering what he will do
      2. in the new challenges of today.
    3. When God moves, He opens the heavens.

      8 “Will a man rob God?
      Yet you have robbed Me!
      But you say,
      ‘In what way have we robbed You?‘
      In tithes and offerings.
      9 You are cursed with a curse,
      For you have robbed Me,
      Even this whole nation.
      10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,
      That there may be food in My house,
      And try Me now in this,”
      Says the Lord of hosts,
      “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
      And pour out for you such blessing
      That there will not be room enough to receive it.”
      (Mal 3.8–10)

      1. When I first learned of my kidney disease and
        1. my uninsurability,
        2. I wonder how I was going to make it financially.
          1. But I did.
      2. When I first starting using computers,
        1. I wondered how I was going to afford it, but
        2. I did.
  5. Faith Asks 
    1. Faith does not make demands of God, but
      1. it asks Him, because He said to ask,
      2. then it waits to see how the Lord will work.
    2. Faith later becomes embarrassed that it ever doubted, because
      1. it sees that God was working all along.
      2. Faith discovers what Paul said,

        20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Eph 3.20).

  6. Faith Moves 
    1. Even at 75 years of age,
      1. Abraham left Ur and
      2. traveled to Canaan, even going to Egypt.
    2. Faith may not know what will come tomorrow, but
      1. faith knows the One who owns tomorrow,

        33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt 6.33–34).

    3. Think about the man, Job, who spoke these words,

      7 “But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
      And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
      8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you;
      And the fish of the sea will explain to you.
      9 Who among all these does not know
      That the hand of the Lord has done this,
      10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
      And the breath of all mankind?”
      (Job 12.7–10)

      1. Who is running this world?
      2. You or God?
        1. Do you think you can do a better job than He can?
        2. If not, why worry? Have faith!

Exhortation

  1. Is God worthy of your trust? 
    1. I think the Scriptures show that He is.
    2. If you believe in God,
      1. not trusting Him,
      2. denies your affirmation of belief in Him.
  2. If He can create all things, 
    1. if He can continue to operate this world,
    2. if He watched over you while you were in the womb, and growing as a child,
      1. can He not take care of you now?
      2. Why is it that He has been able to run the world until now, but
        1. the issues of your life are too much for Him?
        2. Do the affairs of this world distract Him from caring for you?