Article written by Pastor Tan Kok Beng

15 January, 2023

(Christian Living 7)

The Bible instructs us: “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor.5:7). To walk “by sight” means to depend on the flesh – our human effort, education, and experience. This the “wisdom of the world” in which we have been indoctrinated from young and molded our worldview. The Bible reminds us that “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires…The mind governed by the flesh is death…The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God…Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God” (Rom.8:5-8). That is why the world is heading for death and destruction because they are “alienated from God and were enemies in (their) minds because of (their) evil behavior” (Col.1:21).

The Christian, however, must “walk by faith” because he has become “a new creation in Christ” (2 Cor.5:17). The believer is now led by the Spirit and not the flesh! This is to live our life constantly in trusting God and not ourselves knowing that “without God we are nothing; without God we have nothing and without God we can do nothing”. Also, without God and Christ we are lost and in darkness and cannot find the way to life. Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6).

Faith simply means taking God at His Word – that is, believing what He says is true and accepting it at face value, without question. Why? That is because He is the God of Truth and can never lie. He is the Faithful God Who will always do what He says and promises.

Abraham was 75 years old and his wife Sarah was barren. They could not have children, but God promised him a son. The Bible says, “Abraham believed the LORD and it was reckoned to him as righteousness” (Gen.15:6). Abraham believed God’s promise without question. At aged 100 years old, Abraham and Sarah were gifted with a son, Isaac, miraculously conceived and born. From Isaac came the Jewish nation. God honored his faith!

What Abraham did at hearing God’s Word is like what the simple old believer uttered, “God said it, I believe it and that settles it!”. One reason why many Christians do not have this kind of simple faith is because they tend to use their “intellectual mind” to try to logically figure out what or how God’s Word or promise will be fulfilled. Solomon the wisest king and scholar that ever lived advised: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge (submit) to him sand He will direct your path” (Prov.3:5-6). Trust God and not your own cleverness or learning.

The Word of God says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is (the great and faithful God of Creation) and that He rewards those who diligently seek him” (Heb.11:6). The Apostle Paul tells us that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom.10:17). Let us read, study and meditate on God’s Word regularly and our faith will grow from strength to strength! AMEN!

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