By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Walk with God is a necessary ingredient in the life of a believer. Such a walk is not simply as that of a "fishing expedition" but a dedicated walk in the Lord. Prior to salvation one may have known of God; but after salvation one's relationship with God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, is vastly different! (Comment)
Noah and Enoch were sincere and upright in heart; lived an unblemished life, not tainted by the gross corruption of their times. Both are mentioned in the the Chapter of Faith (Hebrews 11:5-7).
There are many, in our present time, who are noted for their walk with God; having devoted their life towards the furtherance of the Gospel. Many have endangered their own lives that they might see the fullness of Christ in the lives of others.
I once was under the influence of the darkness of this world; until the marvelous breath of life came into my being, that of a spiritual birth in Christ! From that day forward the darkness of this world evaporated; as I began to walk with God; through His precious Spirit, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Scripture reveals: You were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (Ephesians 5:8)
Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly. His delight is in the law of the Lord. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of life, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper (Psalm 1:1-3).
The term sanctification (of being set apart unto God) is being little emphasized in our modern day Biblical teaching and preaching. Many great men of God, who walked a dedicated walk with God, have passed on to their reward, leaving behind their influence of sanctification, righteousness, and a holy walk in God. In a new generation of believers the emphasis on such terms has become of a lesser nature.
A Bible commentary noted: In the midst of abounding iniquity, there were some, whose love for Christ, His Gospel, and saints, did not waver. However, there were others whose zeal for Christ was greatly damped; the power of godliness, and vital heat of religion, being almost lost. And through a love of the world, and carnal ease and pleasure, the love of many grew cold (Matthew 24:12).
Scripture reveals the words of the Lord: I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore, from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works (Revelation 2:4-5).
A Bible commentary noted: The solution of this condition is threefold: Remember your former devotion to Christ; repent of the present lack of love and devotion: and return to the things that were characteristic of the first love.
Scripture reveals: If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away, all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). There is a decisive break with the old life at the moment of conversion.
A Bible commentary noted: A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God, who saved him. He should apply the biblical principles of separation and avoid what is against a biblical standard of purity; any association that will bring harm, harmful to the body, or to a weaker brother, offensive to the conscience, or failure to follow the example of Christ.
In a world of turmoil, mistrust, disunity, and sinfulness, it would behoove one to "walk with God" and the Lord Jesus Christ that would excel all else! Scripture reveals: Draw nigh (or near) to God, and he will draw nigh to you (James 5:8). There is an abundance of blessing towards such a walk in the Lord.
Jesus identified the Laodicean church as neither cold nor hot but lukewarm. He said: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door (that of one's heart), I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
This was an invitation to a church that needed a genuine walk with God and the Lord Jesus Christ! This text is also an evangelistic endeavor towards all individuals who are not walking with God as He intended.
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