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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Edifier du jour-2 Corinthians 5:6-9 (NASB)
6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord-- 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight-- 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
If you're a younger believer, you might have Out of the Gray's Walk by Faith going thorough your head. If your walk goes well back into the 80s, you might have Petra's Not by Sight getting called out of the memory banks. Either way, you've likely heard "walk by faith, not by sight" on about a monthly or so basis in various settings. What does that mean? Hebrews 11:1 says that "faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." While we don't have Get Out of Hell Free card in our pockets, we know that God is perfect, we're not and that Jesus died to bridge that gap between us. I can't prove that definitively, but we are altering our lives and sticking our necks out for a guy who is alleged to have risen from the grave two millenia ago. None of us were there, but we've seen enough indirect evidence that God exists and that the Bible tells His story to be able to take confidence in that our sins have been forgiving and that the believer will spend eternity with God.

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