Friday, August 4, 2017

“Walk by Faith, not by Sight”

From: Francis Harper

“Walk by Faith, not by Sight”
(2 Corinthians 5:7)

“We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal [temporary]; but the things which are not seen [with the naked eye] are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Although God and his Son, Jesus Christ, cannot be seen with our natural eyes [except by divine revelation], we know they exist in the realm of the Spirit. “By faith Moses forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king [Pharaoh]; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). Like Moses, we all need to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind. Isaiah prophesied: “Hear ye deaf and look ye blind, that ye may see. For I will send my servant unto you who are blind; yea, a messenger to open the eyes of the blind and unstop the ears of the deaf; and they shall be made perfect notwithstanding their blindness, if they will hearken unto the messenger, the Lord’s servant. Thou art a people, seeing many things, but thou observest not . . . ; The Lord is not well pleased with such a people . . .” (Isaiah 42:18-22).
Jesus healed many who were physically blind. He can also open our spiritual eyes to see the unseen realities of the spiritual world.
What are the unseen realities we need to see with our spiritual eyes that they may become real to us? Paul wrote, “. . . he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus said, “Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And when I go, I will prepare a place for you, and come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). These are some of the many precious, unseen realities we can believe without reservation.
Jesus said to Martha, “. . . whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea Lord; I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world” (John 11:26-27). He asks us the same question; “Believest thou this?”
Jesus promised, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth . . . which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14: 16, 26). “. . . when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth . . . and he will show you things to come” (John 16:13). The Holy Ghost, as invisible as the wind, has manifested himself in many helpful ways in the lives of believers and followers of Christ in every generation, including our own.
There are other “exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4); hidden realities, yet to come, such as the Lord’s coming “in the clouds with ten thousands of his Saints” (Revelation 1:7), “Then they who are alive, shall be caught up together into the clouds with them (1 Thessalonians 4:17). “He that overcometh shall inherit all things” (Revelation 21:7). And John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband “. . . and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:2-3). “The consummation will be glorious” (D & C 141:8b).
We need to visualize these things as if they had already occurred. The promises of God are sure. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). “Let us walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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