A man named Enoch pleased God. His story is told in Genesis 5:21ff, Hebrews 11:5ff and Jude 1:14,15 – you must read these accounts for yourself – the treasure is there. Enoch pleased God because He walked with Him; and it was mutual, God loved Enoch and walked with him. Enoch’s steps demonstrate Psalm 16:11: “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” How do we get our feet and spirit moving with God? Start your spiritual walk; Scripture describes a real relationship with God as a walk. I’ll share some real good steps, along with Bible references, so you can “walk the walk and talk the talk” of a believer with happy feet and a fulfilling life that pleases God and you:
- Like Enoch, you and I can walk with God. “Walking” is a synonym for friendship, fellowship, relationship with God through Christ. He’s our pathway, our gaol, our vision, our world view, our reason for existing, our purpose for breathing today. Jesus illuminates this walk in John 8:12 – read it and walk in the world differently. You will benefit greatly if you get your Bible now and read the Scriptures I name as you read my thoughts dedicated to you.
- You walk in/with/by God’s direction. Are you going God’s way? Scripture asks,“How can two walk together unless they are in agreement?” (Amos 3:3) But keeping pace is also necessary isn’t it? If you’re going to walk and talk with the Lord you must keep in step with the spiritual truth God reveals. As Scripture says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” God will take you places you’ve never been, He alone can walk you there. Many wander, bumping around like the ball in a pinball machine. Others are spiritual pretenders, proudly presuming God walks with them – but there’s only one set of footprints – theirs. Satan, the masquerading angel of light, deceives the careless who are “talking the talk” but not “walking the walk”. They end up in the ditch, but their “talk” goes on and on. Walking with God in agreement, pace, lifestyle and destination all mark the joyful way of Jesus.
- The walker moves forward in faith. (Hebrews 11:5,6; 2 Corinthians 5:7) Do you ever go to the ever-flowing “fountain of faith”? Read with eyes wide open Romans 10:17. Also, our feet walk on solid ground instead of quicksand because God is faithful – this is the one and only reason faith works! (Lamentations 3:22-26)
- Your faith-walk will be contested – regularly. There will be confusion, contradictions, conflict and control skirmishes – but the faith-walker overcomes with confidence in God. The Apostle John tells us how in I John 5:1-15. And Paul boldly says nothing can come over us that will overcome us. Read it and leap – Romans 8:31-39.
- God-walkers have beautiful feet! How can this be? The answer is found in Romans 10:15. Read it and find out if you can enter God’s “beauty pageant for feet”.
Here’s a personal favorite. God spoke it for Christians walking in the world: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:6ff)
Keep walkin’ – there’s no turning back. Remember where you’re goin’!
Love in Christ, Chuck
P.S.: Share your “walk” story? Let me hear from you.