Kevin K. O’Connor
Main thought: To express the desire of Our Heavenly Father’s heart for us to learn the importance of walking with Him
Isn’t the joy of being in love wonderful! I’ll never forget the days of courtship with my precious wife Jan. Oh, how the heart would sing being with her, thinking of her, writing her, doing things with her – it didn’t matter as long as it was with her! In the same way our God loves us so very, very much. His Heart sings over us and delights in us and how His Heart must ache for us to join Him in the Love relationship He has for us. I’m so grateful for the story of Enoch and Elijah, examples of two people who learned the joy of walking with God. Just as God took them so He is preparing to receive those who love Him unto Himself.
I love stepping outside near midnight when the sky is clear and the stars are bright and the hustle and bustle of man is quiet. Or to step outside while the sun is shining and the birds are singing and the smell of flowers fill the air. During those times I feel totally immersed in His Infinite Love. Oh what a shame that we don’t take more time to experience His Love for us. How God and Adam must have enjoyed walking in the cool of the evening together and how He still aches to walk with us today. To be a loving spouse takes leaning how to love when the feeling may not be there, learning how to be a person of character who has said within the heart – to you I dedicate my life. God allows the dry areas of our lives to happen to cause the roots of our love to go deeper.
Relationships are two way and not one. And when you have a relationship where each are delighting in each other, watch out for you have an awesome thing! I believe that we need to learn the joy of walking close to His Heart. I believe that we need to learn the joy of walking a walk of passion with Him, having a heart that is consumed with thinking of Him and singing of Him. I also believe a relationship like this just doesn’t just happen, but is made to happen by our learning how to cultivate a walk with Him.
I love the following verse from King David who learned the Joy of walking with God; Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 73 In context: Psalm 73:27-29) And yet putting on the form of walking with him is so much easier because it doesn’t involve our total being like a passionate, loving relationship does. We need to truly be careful to stir each other up so as to help us all from sliding into a complacent walk with Him, a walk from the external and not from the heart; 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (Whole Chapter: 2 Timothy 3 In context: 2 Timothy 3:4-6) and another good verse that depicts how much we need to avoid external expressions of love without the internal fire of love and when I say “fire” of love, I’m not saying “feeling”. I mean the fire of dedication to the one we’ve committed our all to; Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: (Whole Chapter: Isaiah 29 In context: Isaiah 29:12-14)
It’s funny that when we’ve grown used to living a lie, how lies just become natural for us. A cold heart and love relationship just doesn’t happen, it’s slid into from our old lazy nature. Then it takes a heart that’s truly on fire for us to see where we’ve allowed our own selves to go. Just as it takes a heart that’s truly in love to wake us up from our lazy love life, so too it takes something outside of ourselves to wake up our spiritual love life. That something is The Spirit of God AND His Word! Just as pure clean water that continues to flow will gradually wash all impurities away from physical objects, So too will the application of God’s Word to a hungry heart reveal, convict, inspire, and motivate us to get ever closer to Him. James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (Whole Chapter: James 1 In context: James 1:24-26)
So, may we ever learn that the fire that springs from a passionate heart is so much more invigorating than one that is halfhearted and just so so. May we ever learn the joy that flows from a heart that’s full of fire and desire. Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. (Whole Chapter: Hebrews 10 In context: Hebrews 10:21-23) Christ truly has broken down the barrier of sin, now let us all learn how to press in and walk with Him!
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