9: Walk of faith (2)

2Corinthians 5:7  for we walk by faith, not by sight.

part one here

And later on in that book (Hebrews), the  writer told us of those who have  moved on to the advanced level of faith, which is beyond confession and receiving, to the walk of faith.

He mentioned Enoch, Abraham and Noah

He said that by faith Enoch walked with God. And the bible recorded that was for a period of 300 years. God is invincible and to walk with God you need focus, and be able to see what is unseen. Faith is a walk, Enoch proved that. It is “with God.”

Abraham walked with God, acting on what he said to move from his father’s house and by faith he sacrificed his son Isaac.

He moved from the receiving to sacrificing by faith, walking a three-day journey so that he had an ample opportunity to go back on obeying God. God had told Abraham, walk before me and be perfect. And that takes faith. Faith for him became a walk of sacrifice.

Noah acted based on what God said, that there will be flood on the earth and for 120 years, built an ark based on that. Noah showed that the walk of faith involved building things for the future based on the word of God, building things for a world to come in cooperation with God.

Enoch walked by faith, 300 years; Abraham for 100years (from the time he moved from his father’s house aged 75, to when he died, aged 175); and Noah walked for 120 years, building that ark. It is a walk,not a day’s affair.

By faith Abraham and Noah did things beyond their time. Without Noah there won’t be you and without Abraham there won’t be Jesus together with the eternal implications for that.

The people the writer of the book of Hebrews wrote about confessed that they were pilgrims and strangers on the earth. They believed: here we have no abiding city. There actions therefore matched their confession and they moved into relevance for generations yet unborn.

Actions need to back your faith and in the specific area of your life-calling.

The bible says we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that we should walk in them. And we walk by faith and not by sight.

Let’s take a lesson from the devil to understand what it means to be a workmanship.

When the devil was made as Lucifer, we were told that musical instruments were part of his make-up.

That means he was supposed to be a major part of the worship-sphere in heaven.

Similarly, being the workmanship of God in Christ Jesus means we need to move forward in his purpose, power and personality.

For us to walk in them we need courage. In both the preceding and proceeding verses from the lead verse of the this piece (we walk by faith and not by sight in the 2nd epistle of Paul to the Corinthians), the word courage was mentioned.

And when Joshua was about to lead the children of Israel, to their dominion as the messenger of dominion as Moses was he messenger of  deliverance, he was told repeatedly to be courageous.

For the deliverance message, what was needed was confession but for the  dominion message, what is needed is courage.

For the deliverance message, God takes care of things in agreement with us, but for the dominion message, we take care of things in agreement with God. In the first we need the Holy Spirit to come into us, in the second, we come into the Holy Spirit, triggered by the event of the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Before preaching to the people about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, they were told about becoming witnesses. They were made to be mission-oriented.

They had been uprooted from Galilee and were devoted to Jesus and were focused on him.

They received power to go on a mission, not to feel good, but to walk by faith as they witness for Jesus in Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth.

The dominion message is primarily not “our” dominion, though it seems to be preached like that sometimes, as we re presented with a self-focused dominion.

But it is Christ’s dominion. We are his witnesses in whatever expression of dominion we have. We are to point attention to him, spread his name in all the earth, demanding that people bow down to the dominion of Jesus.

For the deliverance message we need to believe and confess but for the dominion message we need to believe and act.

And to act we need courage. We need to be directed by the word of God and not by any fear. We need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, recognise that and renew our minds to take territories for him.

But the children of Israel who left Egypt allowed fear to lead them into rebellion from God. They believed in the word to bring them out but not to bring them in. To be brought out was a moment, but to be brought in demanded a life-time.

Saul allowed over-confidence to lead him into rebellion and he lost out on the ultimate of God for him. We are not led by confidence, by our position, by what others say, we are led by the word of God, as we maintain a posture of humility and dependence on God.

But Saul lost sight of that and he lost the kingdom, though he still kept the position. The ordinary observer would think Saul has made it, not knowing that he is far from God and far from the walk of faith. People who equate dominion with position are in error.

It is about the kingdom. We can still keep our position in God as children of God, but we will lose out of the ultimate prize without an effective walk of faith, without an effective life of service to God, of kingdom orientation.

to be continued tomorrow

 

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