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WALK WITH GOD

January 23, 2015

 

Text:  “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!” Psalms 119:1

My, yes! Doesn’t it sound good to walk with the eternal God, the maker, sustainer and savior of mankind?   Do you think such an undertaking would build the proper kind of character you want in your life? Given that it was meant to be a life-long builder of  character, could you be willing to commit yourself  to renounce everything else in life in order to advance to the likeness of God? And, would you  be so devoted to that God  to make a lifetime covenant of obedience and perpetuity with him?

Some persons of whom we read in the Scriptures walked closely with God, living lives of service and devotion to the God of heaven. Enoch had a long life (365 years). These seem to be years of great spirituality as he walked with God. His last trip with God  sums his entire life for he did not die, but he “was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24  We are also told that Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9 It seems that the Bible suggests this activity of walking with God is a course of life which builds righteousness and spirituality and a great  many other qualities of the person who associates himself with Jehovah God. But it is apparent also that this walk with God results in a day by day growth in spiritual  matters and that the enduring activity of listening to the Almighty God will produce godliness and goodness.  So, there is every reason to believe that if we learn to walk with God, studying and believing what he tells us, we will be blessed with the kind of  character that God urges us to attain to go to heaven. These elements of righteousness are not ours just because we say that we have them; they will be ours only after effort and persistence.

However, we are obligated to  the fact that the path that we must walk is God’s path. We cannot claim that this path is of our making, for it has been fashioned by God. Our duty is to obey it. God wishes that we accept his unquestioned direction in walking this path of life. We obligate ourselves to submit to its every direction and instruction. Consider God’s stipulation to Israel as he gave them the Mosaic Law.  “You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall posses.” Deuteronomy 5:32-33  If we are to walk the path of God we must do our very best to keep  its every direction or we shall stray from God.  Observe the Israelites as Jeremiah described their waywardness. “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, “‘We will not walk in it'” Jeremiah 6:16  Or, as Paul urged Christians, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise…”  Ephesians 5:15

Jesus is the overseer of the path where we should walk. He sets us upon the way of righteousness and gives us teaching and encouragement along the way. Jesus guarantees that this path has been secured by God’s authority and that his own authority comes from the Father. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.” John 14:6

There remains one important principle for the walk Gods commands us to take with him.  “He has told you, O man, what  is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to  walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 YES…humility.

REM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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