Sunday Morning Podcast April 3, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:1-9 (7) 

1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, and house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 

4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up in life.  

5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 

6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst 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 confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 

Giving and Taking. Walking by faith.  We need to help each other to walk by faith.  Whether husband, wife, son, or daughter, etc., it’s critical that we support each other.   To support takes being a giver.  Sometimes one might be needy, and weak, seeming to be primarily a “taker.”  But if their spirit and motivation is to give, it is their spirit that counts with God.  To be a giver, ..having encouragement from someone is vital.  Yet even without it, God will “keep us.” If we walk by faith.

It’s not always easy to give. In a marriage if one is always a giver, and the other a taker, the union will suffer.  Ephesians 5:22 tells the wife to be submitted to her husband. Ephesians 5:25 tells husbands to love their wives, even as the Christ loves the Church.  It’s not hard to submit to a sacrificial love.  To submit, and to love, both must be givers.  Then their mutual desires will be, to not be takers. This is a picture of “The Church, (Ephesians 5:31,32).” Ephesians 5:21 says “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”  We must be submitted to one another, to help one another.  How?  By walking by faith, and not by sight. The “fear of God,” is simply to please Him, by living holy every day. That’s how we submit ourselves.  Giving of ourselves to God, and therefore for others. Not being measured outwardly (or sight), but by walking after the Spirit (or faith.)  Our giving to one another, is also to walk by faith, …and not our sight.  Walking by sight, is to allow our life to be “swallowed up”  by self.  Self collapsing into more self.  Losing faith.

You must have your heart right, to help or give to others.  Even after your heart is made right through Salvation, even then you must continually choose to walk by faith.  And not by how things seem or “look” humanly.   Continually cultivating a spirit to give,  so faith can overcome the tendency to walk by sight.  Christ set the example.  He gave His all, so that we could also give our all.  We must not settle for how the world, and worldly religion masquerades as faith.   It is helpful to remember that no matter how weak and needy one is, God is able to help them be a giver in heart (or in attitude).   It is the pathway of walking by “sight” (or self) that is one of the definitions of being a “taker.”

Are we a giver, or taker?  Are we walking by faith, or sight?