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"For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

"Now the just shall live by faith ." Hebrews 10:38 (NKJV)


There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial feats. All over
Paris, he would do tightrope acts at tremendously scary heights. Then he had
succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the
tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow.

An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the
tightrope walker, saying, "Tightrope, I don't believe you can do it, but I'm
willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides
all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act
over Niagara Falls."

Now, Tightrope wrote back, "Sir, although I've never been to America and
seen the Falls, I'd love to come."

Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people
came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come
to the American side. Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is
suspended over the treacherous part of the falls -- blindfolded!! And he
makes it across easily.

The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, "Well, Mr.
Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?"

"Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it."

"No," said Tightrope, "do you really believe I can do it?"

"Well of course I do, you just did it."

"No, no, no," said Tightrope, "do you believe I can do it?"

"Yes," said Mr. Promoter, "I believe you can do it."

"Good," said Tightrope, "then you get in the wheel barrow."

The word believe, in Greek means "to live by".

This is a nice story. It raises the probing question, how often do we say
that we believe Christ can do it, but refuse to get in the wheelbarrow?

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

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