Saturday, June 4, 2011

Walking With God

And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. -Genesis 5:24 (KJV)
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.  9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.  -Genesis 6:8, 9 (KJV) 

Early in the Word of God we find two men, Enoch and Noah, both distinguished by a powerful description of their lives and overall character.  They Bible says they both walked with God.  What exactly does this mean?  To walk with God means to live daily in fellowship, harmony, and communion with the Lord.  The one who walks with God is making a conscious effort, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to live a life which is honorable and approved by God.  With God’s help the endeavor to live this worthy life is met with at least an identifiable measure of success.  The character and lifestyle of those seeking to “walk with God” is recognized by those around them.  The blessings and spiritual power of the Lord rests upon such persons. 

How easily we might dismiss our own spiritual strength for walking with the Lord.  We often convince ourselves we are in no way capable of attaining such a level of spirituality.  Anytime we allow such negative and destructive thinking to rule us we are placed right where the devil wants us to be.  We end up giving up without a fight.  God has not called us to defeat.  The Lord has always called His followers to rise up and walk forward in spiritual victory.  Followers of Christ face a spiritual paradox; through surrender we find victory, through weakness we are made strong, and through death we are given life. 

Here is how this applies to us; by surrendering to the Lordship of Christ we find spiritual victory (Matthew 16:24).  The Lord takes our weaknesses and turns them into strengths (II Corinthians 12:9).  By dying to self and the old ways which ruled us we find life and spiritual resurrection (John 12:23-25, Galatians 2:20).  Walking with God is not for the super-saints or the ultra-spiritual.  Walking with God is for all believers.  We walk with Jesus Christ in faith each day as we trust in Him and seek His will.  You can, with the Lord’s help, walk with Him and experience His love and grace each day. 

To try to walk through each day without the Lord’s help is to become ensnared by the world.  On the other hand, to walk with Christ is to become liberated from the power of the world.  Christ liberates us from forces which would otherwise have controlled us.  Men like Enoch and Noah experienced the power of God through and ongoing walk with Him.  Theirs was a disciplined and focused experience with the Lord.   

Consider the power of a 40 day period designed to take you to a level of faith unlike anything you have before experienced.  Commit to arise earlier for prayer for 40 days.  You will be blessed in powerful and wonderful ways and your faith will be strengthened and renewed. 

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