Sunday, April 24, 2011

WALKING BY FAITH Monday 25 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

READ: Galatians 5:24-26

According to 2 Corinthians 4:18, it takes you downplaying your physical senses to bring your spiritual senses into the limelight. Whatever is seen is temporal. Boy, do men love things that are temporal! If you love cars, houses, lands and other material things, you are not different from any other man. However, if you love the things of the Spirit and place them at the top of your hierarchy of needs, you will stand out. This season, the Lord will help you to value the unseen, eternal things far above the mundane.

In 1 Kings 18:41-45, the prophet of God declared that there was a sound of abundance of rain, right at the peak of a three-year-long famine. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight:” In other words, anyone who would rely on sight in his or her walk with God, will not be able to go far with God. In fact, such a fellow may not be able to go anywhere at all. The scripture above says faith constitutes the legs with which a believer moves. Without faith, there is no motion. As long as it is your senses you engage in an attempt to achieve that goal or vision, it will be ‘all noise and no motion’. But if you can put on the legs of faith, you will see yourself making progress. Why? Faith is language of the Spirit while sight is the language of the world. You cannot relate with God except through faith (Heb. 11:6). If you say you believe in God but you are not making progress, examine yourself carefully: sight might have been engaged and needs to be disengaged for the result that comes by faith to be seen. Once God has spoken, the matter is settled. God’s Word is enough for children of faith. If God’s Word is not enough for you, and you think you still need to combine it with candles and other ritualistic materials, you are not living the life of faith. If you wait until you see the result of an event before you believe, you are not living the life of faith. A place of faith is a place of honour. The three Hebrew children walked by faith into Nebuchadnezzar’s fire. At the end, their faith brought Jesus Christ into that fire, and thereafter, they were honoured by the same king who had earlier ordered them dead. If you can take a walk of faith based on God’s Word, it will bring you honour.


ACTION POINT
Faith constitutes not only the hands to receive from God but also the legs to draw nearer Him. It is indispensable!

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