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ROBERT >> For the past several weeks we have emphasized our connection with God, how he made us to connect with him and how much we wants us to connect with him. We talked about the importance of staying in communication with God, talking to him in prayer, listening to him through his word, the Bible. But another way that we connect with God is by walking with God.

SINGING>> Blessed be the Lord God Almighty who reigns for evermore.

ROBERT >> Let me begin this morning by reading with you Genesis 5:21-24, where we read one of the most interesting stories in the Bible about one named Enoch, who walked with God.

Here’s what the scripture says. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”

Now, that’s very interesting, isn’t it?

In fact, one of the most interesting verses in the Bible is Genesis 5:24, where “Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him.”

You see, at a time when everybody was living eight or nine hundred years or so and then died, Enoch was just a young adult at three hundred sixty-five years old when God took him.

And the Lord took him directly into heaven. I don’t know about you, but I want to connect with God like that, so that one day when Jesus comes, he’ll take me home, too.

So let’s ask today, how can we learn to walk with God like Enoch?

Well, it begins with faith. I want to go with you, if you will, to Hebrews the 11th chapter, because here it speaks of Enoch, it refers back to that incident we read in Genesis chapter 5, and it explains to us what it really means to walk with God, and how it begins with faith.

Hebrews chapter 11, look at verse 5. “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

You see here in this passage that we learn how to please God the same way Enoch did, by faith; and that without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Notice a few things about this faith from verse 6 of Hebrews 11: How that we first must believe that he is, that God exists. You have to acknowledge that. The Bible declares it.

Genesis 1:1, as we first open our Bibles, in that very first verse it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It starts, the Bible, with the presupposition that there is a God, that he exists. And this vast universe, his creation, declares it.

Psalm 19:1, the Psalmist recognized this. As he looked up into the sky and he saw the vastness of this universe and its beauty and its design, he said, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament, that vast expanse, shows His handiwork.”

It’s obvious, he says. The only reasonable, logical conclusion must be that there is a God who made all of these things. They could not have just happened, just come about of their own. There was some mighty and powerful and great, wise being that put it all together.

Paul in Romans the first chapter deals with this same thought, telling us that, “The invisible things of God are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made.” He said all you have to do is look around and see there is a God. You can know that.

But you know, Paul went on to say in that chapter that those who knew God did not glorify him as God, and neither gave thanks; but they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless heart was darkened. And professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. They began to worship the creature rather than the creator.

You know, many of us want to make our own god so we can do our own thing. And so just as in ancient times they made those images, refusing to keep God in their knowledge, they did the things that were not fitting, they lived however they wanted to live, so today we may not have the images here in America so much, but we’ve taken God out of our knowledge.

Many have refused to admit the existence of God, that they’re ever going to have to give an account to God. They live as though there is no God. And folks, whenever we refuse to keep God in our knowledge, whenever we put him away from our life, the course is always a downward course.

The course of the unbeliever is a course into sin and all of the evil consequences of living such a life. When we refuse to acknowledge God, we’re left with no standard of morality, no one to answer to but self, and no reason to do what pleases God.

This is where walking with God begins, with a faith that there is a God, that he exists, that I’m going to give account to him one day. But it’s more than that. Not only did the Hebrew writer tell us we must believe that he is, but we must believe that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. This means trusting him for his promises.

If I know there’s a God, I believe that he exists, then I’m going to seek after him, and I’m going to look to him for that promise of salvation, for that promise to give us all we need to get home to heaven, to ultimately know that he will take me there someday.

Do we believe it?

Do we believe not only that there is a God, but that he will reward us if we’ll seek after him?

If we don’t believe it, then we’ll never please him. We might as well give up now, because we’ll never make it. But with that faith, God is pleased.

I remember Paul and Silas, when they were jailed in Philippi. And you remember there was a great earthquake that came and hit the jail and set all the prisoners free. The stocks and the bonds that were on the prisoners were broken loose. All the doors of their cells were opened up. The jailer knew that something supernatural was happening. He came and he fell down before Paul and Silas, scared out of his wits at the realization that there is a powerful God.

Do you remember what they told him?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household,” Acts 16:31.

That very night, even though it was after midnight, they taught him the word of the Lord. He took a sponge and he washed their wounds, indicating his penitence. And then that night he and his household were baptized into Jesus Christ.

You see, that’s where it begins. Walking with God begins with faith, a humble, believing, obedient faith in our God. And we know the good news, how he’s made a way for us all through his blessed son Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins.

But let’s take this lesson a little further. It begins with faith, but walking with God calls for a dedication to holiness.

In fact, the very name Enoch that you read about in your Bible, it means consecrated or dedicated. Before the flood, you might remember, it was a time when people were living so wickedly that God regretted having made the human race. But Enoch, he was an exception. He went in another direction. He walked with God. Enoch refused to be a man of his moral culture. He refused to surrender to the spirit of the time. He refused to be shaped by the world in which he lived. His life was one of separation and holiness, and his conduct was a rebuke to the ungodliness of his age. He stood out like a bright light for God.

And Jude tells us that he prophesied, saying these words, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,” Jude verses 14 and 15.

Only a man like Enoch, a godly man who was dedicated to holiness, has the right to give such warnings to others. If we want to walk with God like Enoch, we too must be dedicated to holiness.

Romans 12:1-2, the apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore we beseech you by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service; and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

Yes, when I think about the mercies of God and all that God has done for us through Jesus Christ, I can do nothing less than lay down my life upon the altar of God’s worship and service, to give myself wholly and completely to him. But every day I must make that commitment to give myself to Christ, to say no to Robert, to say yes to Jesus, to not allow this world to press me into its mold, but to be transformed every day, the word of God changing my life into what God would have it to be. So must we all.

2 Corinthians 6:14 through 7:1, the apostle Paul reminded us that light does not have fellowship with darkness, that we must be a separate people, that we must come out from among the world, that we should cleanse ourselves of all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

You might remember before going to the cross in John 17, Jesus prayed for his followers, that though they were in the world, they were not to be of the world.

So let us remember that though we walk in this sinful, evil world, that we’re not to be a part of it, we’re not to engage in that kind of sinfulness, but we’re to separate ourselves from it. In the world, but not of the world. He calls everyone to enter, you remember, the narrow gate, and walk the difficult path that leads to life.

Matthew 7:13-14, “Jesus said, Enter the narrow gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the path that leads to destruction, and many are they that go in there at; but narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and few are they that find it.”

Don’t follow the crowd, don’t go the way of the world. We cannot do that. If we want to walk with God, we cannot follow the way of the world and walk with God at the same time. Walking with God means that we have a faith that there is a God and that he’s gone to reward us as we seek after him. But it also means that we’re going to be dedicated to holiness, to righteousness, that we’ll listen to his word and we’ll conform our life to the life of Jesus Christ. But there is a final point today.

Walking with God means agreeing with God. Agreeing with God.

“As Amos asked, Can two walk together unless they are agreed, Amos 3:3.”

It’s a rhetorical question, and the answer’s obvious: No.

Two cannot walk together unless they be agreed. There must be agreement, harmony, understanding, compatibility for us to walk with God.

In 1 John 1:5-7, the apostle John explains to us “that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. And if we say that we walk with God or we’re in fellowship with God, and we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of His Son cleanses us from all our sins.”

You see, we can’t live in high-handed rebellion against God and go on our way and not have any care for his word and think that we can still be in fellowship with God.

No, we must strive, make every effort to seek the Lord’s will for our life, make every effort to be obedient unto him, and confess our sins, knowing that sometimes we do fall short, trusting the blood of Jesus to cleanse us of those sins.

As we walk in this world, there are going to be many times that our thinking, that our desires, that our ambitions do not agree with God’s. But to walk with God, we must submit our will to his will.

It’s as Jesus said in his prayer in Matthew 26:39, “Not as I will, but as You will.” Or as he said in verse 32, “Your will be done.”

That’s the attitude with which we must live in this world of sin and darkness.

We must always say, If the Lord wills, James 4:15. A lot of people claim Jesus as Lord, but they will not submit to his will for their lives. Oh, they talk the talk, but they do not walk the walk.

Jesus asked,” But why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46.

A businessman who was well known for his ruthless behavior once told Mark Twain, “Before I die, I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.” I’ll climb Mount Sinai and I’ll read the ten commandments aloud at the top. And Mark Twain said, “I have a better idea. You could stay in Boston and keep them.”

Check your walk.

Does it agree with God?

We have a little time, so let me tell you one more point about walking with God today. It is a lifetime commitment.

You know, Enoch walked with God, not for a day, not for a week, not for a year, but for a lifetime. He kept on keeping on for three hundred sixty-five years.

Oh, I know some are faithful for a little while, maybe for weeks, maybe for months, maybe for years; but the real test of discipleship is lifelong faithfulness.

Jesus, in Matthew 10:23, said it’s those who endure to the end that shall be saved. We’ve got to keep on keeping on, never giving up.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, when the apostle Paul spoke of that glorious resurrection day when Jesus could come again and we’d all be raised up and we would win the victory through Jesus Christ and be received into his heavenly eternal kingdom, Paul concluded that chapter by saying, “Wherefore be steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

We know that God is going to reward our diligent efforts, our constant faith in him. So let us keep on keeping on to the very end until that day when our Lord comes again.

Hebrews 12:1-2, the Hebrew writer said, “Seeing you are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses.”

He was talking about all those faithful men and women of the past. He said they’re looking on. He pictured them as though they’re looking on, encouraging us by their example, inspiring us to keep on in faithfulness just as they. He said seeing them, you “lay aside every weight, the sin which so easily besets you, and you run with patience, with endurance, with steadfastness, you see, the race that’s set before you. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Oh, these others encourage us, but Jesus Christ can help us complete the race if we’ll keep our eyes on him, that one who went all the way to the cross, all the way back to heaven again.

Revelation 2:10, he promises,” Be faithful unto death, in the very face of death, and I’ll give you the crown of life.”

Oh, how can we achieve a life of faithfulness? One day at a time.

Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me,” Luke 9:23. Every day we must say, Today I’m going to live for Jesus. It’s like the old proverb about eating an elephant.

Someone asked, “How can you possibly eat an elephant?”

To which one wise person added, “One bite at a time.”

When your life is done, when the Lord comes again, the only thing that’s going to matter is this: Am I walking with God?

Like Enoch, if we walk with God down here, he will take us to be with him up there.

So if you haven’t already, begin to walk with God today. Obeying the gospel of Christ in baptism, put to death the old man of sin, be raised to walk in newness of life, as Paul described it in Romans chapter 6.

If you’ve quit walking with God and you’ve turned to your own way, turn back to him today. Pray that he might forgive you.

You need to confess sin?

You find God’s church today, and you pray with that church. And if you’re looking for a church home and you really need to get involved and start working for the Lord, start serving him, start living that godly life like Enoch, then you let us know here at The Truth In Love.

We’ll try to hook you up with one of those congregations that are serving the Lord. We want to help one another, and we want to help all others to walk with God.

Whoever you are, whatever your need, we hope you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven today.

SINGING>>Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness. Open my eyes, let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you.
Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you’re my God.
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.
King of all days, oh so highly exalted, glorious in heaven above. Humbly you came to the earth you created, all for our sake became poor.

Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you’re my God. You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.

I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross.

Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you’re my God. You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.

Beauty that made this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you.

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SINGING>>The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace, and give you peace, and give you peace, and give you peace;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you, and be gracious;
the Lord be gracious, gracious unto you. Amen, amen, amen, amen.

 

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