WALK WITH GOD

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel

INTRODUCTION

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)

WALK WITH GOD
SEPARATED FROM GROSS CORRUPTION

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.

INFLUENCE OF THE DARKNESS
OF THIS WORLD

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).

IN MIDST OF INIQUITY

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).

LEAVING ONE'S FIRST LOVE

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.

A LIFE THAT REFLECTS
THE NATURE OF GOD

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.

DRAWING NEAR TO GOD
AND THE LORD JESUS 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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