Written by His Grace Jan. 11, 2003

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

Walking with God

 

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (Whole Chapter: 2 Kings 2 In context: 2 Kings 2:10-12)

 

1 Corinthians 15:50-52 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

 

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.

 

Plants that are placed where there is an abundance of moisture have no reason to go deep and thus when major storms come along can easily be uprooted. But those plants that experienced drought know the importance of going deep for the water. So it is with our relationships with each other and with Him. We need to learn how to stir up the feelings of our hearts by our actions -- 2 Timothy 1:5-7 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. So we too need to learn how to stir up the passions of Love with our dedication to serve each other and Christ. By doing this the roots of our Love with grow ever stronger and will not be swayed by the dry seasons that come our way. Oh how our hearts hate those dry areas but we truly need to learn how to allow those dry areas to train our hearts how to persevere and press on; James 1:3-5 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

Learning how to walk with God means learning how to die to self. Learning how to love our spouse means learning how to put our selfish ways aside for the one we’ve dedicated our lives to. Those who have trained themselves to love like this have grown in the joy that comes from that dedication. Hebrews 12:10- 12 10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we 11 may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Notice the harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by discipline. So it is with our walk. You know, I never could run nearly as far as I could walk. Give me a pair of good walking shoes and a good path and I could put away some miles just by walking. So too, God isn’t so concerned with how much distance we’re covering in a short period of time, He desires us to learn how to walk a consistent walk, a walk of commitment and discipline. God desires hearts of commitment and dedication; Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. (Whole Chapter: Luke 19 In context: Luke 19:16-18)

 

If we look into that entire parable our Lord was speaking to us in Luke 19 we’ll notice that it’s not how much we’ve been given that is important, it’s how we use what we’ve been given. Even the servant that had been given little would have been praised if he too learned the joy of service. I love that song “Trust and Obey” for there really is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey. It seems that we get so consumed with the cares of this life and yet we try and set aside moments to think of Him and Honor Him. I don’t know about you, but no one had to remind me to think of Jan when we were engaged! Nor do they need to do so even now going on our 15th year together and so it should be with our Lord. And yet our old lazy nature thinks if we can set aside a couple times a week to think of Him then we can just do our own thing the rest of the week. This is no more walking with God than it is walking with our spouses. Our Life companions shouldn’t put up with lazy relationships like this and neither should our Lord. Is it any wonder when our love is lazy like this that some trials and difficulties come our way to wake us up!? Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 119 In context: Psalm 119:70-72) If we don’t stir our own selves up, then thank God that He knows how.

 

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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