Walking By Faith Alone

1 Corinthians 14:26

26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

What is it to walk by faith alone? Is it even possible or healthy, to walk by faith alone? When I think about walking by faith alone, the Rambo movie from years ago comes to mind. Now, I haven’t seen Rambo lately, so my memory may be just a bit fuzzy, so please bear with me. You’ll see where this is going in a minute.

The Rambo movies were action packed and thrilling, at least from my perspective. When we look at the premise of those Rambo movies, it was always the good guy Rambo, taking on several enemy forces all by himself. Sure, he would get caught periodically, or be thrown into jail. Even caught and held by enemy forces. But in those movies, Rambo was always victorious in the end. And all while leading the charge by himself. No situation ever seemed to be too large to handle for Rambo to handle.

When I think about the Rambo movies, I ask this question. Can we be successful in our relationship with Jesus, if we walk that road alone? You may say well, if I’m walking with Jesus, I’m not alone. Right! You are correct in that, if you have Jesus in your life, you’re not alone, for He is always with us. But, don’t we need the fellowship of other believers to walk with us? Isn’t it easier to have another believer in Christ walking right along side of us? Someone who can help us back up when we fall. Because it’s not if we will fall, but when. If we look at Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 it explains why we need the fellowship of believers very well.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

 Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken

In Ecclesiastes it outlines why two are better than one. For starters, if two are working together it makes our load a little bit lighter, by having someone with us to help us out. If we fall down, then another one will be there to help pick us up. What if we are walking on a rocky path, we trip over a rock and sprain our ankle, to the point we can’t walk. If we are alone we can shout for help, hoping that someone can hear us, and will come to our rescue. Maybe we have a cell phone we could call for help, if we can get a signal.  With someone on our walk with us, we will always have another hand to help us up. And yes, three strands of cord are definitely stronger than one. Have you ever tried tying something down with a single strand of rope, only to quickly realize that well, it wasn’t such a great idea. Note to self, always use at least three strands of rope.

I believe that God created us to be in fellowship with other believers. To have a church family that we can call our own. No family is perfect, we all have our share of trials, and tribulations. After all, we are all flawed human beings. But, it is definitely wonderful to have someone there by our side, who can help us back up when we fall. There have been times in my life when I have tried walking with Jesus alone. Looking back on those times, I have to admit they were difficult. Even though Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, we really need to be surrounded by a family of believers to help us along the way, as Jesus guides the ship of life for us. I’m so very happy to have a church family to walk with me, on this journey of faith. Life is difficult, if you don’t have a church family to walk with you. I would encourage you to find a biblical church to call your own. Place that into God’s hands in prayer, and let Him guide your decision. With God’s guidance you can’t go wrong. God will lead you on your journey if you let Him.

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