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Walk With God

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What does it mean to walk with God?

From: Compelling Truth

God created us for fellowship with Him and He desires us to walk with Him (Micah 6:8). Before the fall, Adam and Eve would walk and talk with God in the garden of Eden, but after they had sinned, they were ashamed and hid when they heard Him coming (Genesis 3:8). Their sin separated humanity from God (Romans 5:12). But Jesus came to offer us forgiveness and restoration. The sacrifice of Jesus enables us to have a personal and close relationship with God through the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–17). When you put your faith in Jesus, your relationship with God becomes the most important thing in your life. You want to talk with Him, seek Him, and please Him in all your ways. This is walking with God.

Enoch (Genesis 5:24) and Noah (Genesis 6:9) were called men who walked with God. When you walk with God, you factor Him into your everyday life and your decision making. You spend time praying and talking with Him throughout the day.

If you go on a walk with your friend, what do you do during your walk? Besides the obvious, walking, you are having a conversation, sharing things that are on your mind, and listening to your friend do the same as you head to your destination. You stay focused on what each other is saying and do not get distracted. As a believer in Christ, you can walk with Him throughout your entire life here on earth until you arrive in heaven. God loves to be in relationship with us, and we can converse with Him through prayer and reading His Word, hearing His love and gaining His wisdom for us as we live our lives here on the earth (Psalm 32:81 John 3:1).

Walking with God means you are in agreement with Him and His ways (Amos 3:3). No one is perfect, but when you are walking with God your desire should be to see your own selfish desires die for the sake of seeing God transform you more and more into the image of His Son: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17; see also 2 Corinthians 3:18).

Another name for walking with God that is commonly used in the New Testament is “walking in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16Romans 8:4). When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left the Holy Spirit with us. The Holy Spirit, being on the earth and in us when we believe in Christ, is our direct link to God (Romans 8:9–1126–27Ephesians 1:13–14).

Walking with God is a way of life, and it is a choice. We can walk in God’s ways or the ways of the world, but we cannot do both (2 Kings 8:27Ephesians 2:2Matthew 6:24James 4:4). There will be sacrifices made no matter which path you choose, but walking with God is the way of eternal life (Hebrews 12:1–2). It will not be without cost, but it will be worth it (Matthew 7:13–14). Walking with the Lord means you live to please Him and not yourself. We cut things out of our lives that keep us from walking in the ways of God, because we are motivated by His love and a desire to be close to Him (Romans 13:14Psalm 1:1–3). We also depend on the power and work of the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk with Him (2 Corinthians 3:18Philippians 2:12–13).

People who walk with God display the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23). Christ followers live in contrast to the ways of the world surrounding them (Philippians 2:15). When Peter and John were arrested and brought before the authorities for preaching the gospel, the authorities took note of the men’s boldness “… and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). When you consistently walk with God, others will be able to recognize that, though you are flawed and imperfect, you have been with Jesus.

A Closer Walk with God

by Inspiration Ministries

“So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” – Genesis 5:23-24 NASB

As his faithful housekeeper struggled with a serious illness, English poet William Cowper turned his thoughts toward God. While he pondered the situation on this day in 1769, Cowper wrote a hymn called “Oh for a Closer Walk with God.”

Cowper recalled that he began writing this hymn before daybreak but fell asleep at the end of the first two lines: “When I awaked again, the third and fourth verses were whispered to my heart in a way I have often experienced.”

The words that came so easily to Cowper spoke of his heart’s desire to have a more intimate relationship with God. He wrote, “O for a closer walk with God, a calm and heavenly frame, a light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb!”

He looked back at his life, and asked, “Where is the blessedness I knew, when first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul refreshing view of Jesus and His Word?” He recalled the memory of knowing “peaceful hours,” but realized there was “an aching void the world can never fill.”

He knew the answer was to have a closer walk with God. He sought to be cleansed from the “sins that made Thee mourn and drove Thee from my breast.” And he wanted to worship God alone and remove every idol that had entered his life.

Can you recall a time when you were closer to God? Do you long to have a more intimate relationship with Him? Spend time with Him today, confessing your sins and eliminating any idols that have entered your life. Read His Word. Linger in His presence. Listen to His voice. Worship Him. Make knowing Him your highest priority.

Walking With God

Author:  Bill Sytsma, today.reframemedia.com

  Scripture Reading — Genesis 5:21-24

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Genesis 5:24 —

My family lives near a paved bike trail. When you walk down this path, you say hello to people as you pass each other moving in opposite directions.

If the person you meet is wearing headphones and listening to music, it is better to merely nod at them. If you are riding your bike, it is polite to announce that you are about to pass the people walking in front of you.

It is possible to have a lot of human interaction while walking on this path, without really getting to know anyone.

Often you will see two people walking together. They talk together, match each other’s pace, and enjoy each other’s company. They are more than mere acquaintances who happen to be on the same path.

We don’t know very much about Enoch. His entire life story is summarized in a few words. The outstanding characteristic of his life was that he “walked faithfully with God.” (See also Hebrews 11:5.)

When God calls us to walk with him, he is looking for something more than a mere friendly greeting as we meet him on the path. It is possible to recognize God as someone we admire as we meet him (often) on the path of life, but he wants more for each one of us. God wants us to match his steps, converse with him, and take time to get to know him more fully.