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Walking with God

It has been many
years since the missionary to the Lisu people, Russell Morse, came to Watonga,
Oklahoma.  He was weary from the day and
needed rest.  My Dad, Herman Siemens,
took him to his house.  They walked and
talked in a garden of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.  When Dad died in 1979, I often thought about both
men walking and glorying in a walk in Heaven on the golden streets by the
glassy sea.
Walking with a
friend deepens a friendship.  Jesus
walked with his disciples, teaching them as they walked along.  Just as Jesus walks with us when we call upon
him by name today and every day.  It is
not the walk, but the fellowship that deepens our relationship with Jesus.  The lyrics of a song from long ago gives me joy. 
I walked today where Jesus
walked, In days of long ago.I wandered down each path He knew, With
reverent step and slow. 
What breaks the
fellowship with God?  Or should I ask,
what is holy living?  When the insistent
world takes our minds elsewhere than on God, and living his way, we lose that
closeness. 
What is our first
response when things do not go our way? 
Anger, standing on principle, jealousy, envy and self-centered
pride.  When we live in God’s way – our
first and last response is love and forgiveness.  This can’t take place unless we have asked
God into our hearts and daily lives.  We
live in and through Christ Jesus in an unbroken communion with our Lord and friend.   That, my friend, is walking with God.
Enoch was the
first man who walked with God for three hundred and sixty-five years.  He discovered the pure delight in walking
with God.  He learned to commune with God
through every facet of his life.  What
was the result of his close communion with God? 
He did not die.
And Enoch walked with God; and
he was not, for God took him (Genesis 5:22–24).
The beginning
step of walking with God is found in Psalm 37:3-5. 
Trust in the Lord and do
good
.
 Then you will live safely in the land and
prosper.
 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your
heart’s desires.
Commit
everything you do to the
 Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Did you find the
promises in these verses?  You will live
safely in the land and prosper, He will give you your heart’s desires, and He
will help you.  That is holy living.  Holy living is not giving up anything, but
adding peace and joy through faithful and obedient living.   It is learning to be gentle, kind and good.  (Galatians 5:22-23)
Noah was another
man who walked with God. 
This
is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only
blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship
with God
.  Genesis 6:9.  How long did it take for Noah to build the
ark?  How long did people taunt him?  How did his wife, three sons and their wives
react?  There are many questions we could
ask, but the bottom line is,
So Noah did everything exactly as God
had commanded him
.  Genesis 6:22. 
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in
every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23. 
Truly worshiping means
resting in His Promises and Love. 
Feeling and knowing His Presence surrounds us.  The desire to walk with Him, and place all
the world’s anxieties in the box marked – Trust Him – Do Not Open. Opening His
Word and let His Spirit speak truth and life to us – that is worshiping.  Casting away…all that is evil from your mind.  Do not
be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of
God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. 
Romans 12:2
A. W. Tozer states that
the goal of every Christian should be to ‘live
in a state of unbroken worship.’  This
can only happen when we walk with the Lord. 
When we walk with God, we need to leave the weights of sin, unholy
living, unhealthy relationships behind and cleave only to God Himself who gives
us rest, forgiveness, love and the joy of life.

 
He has told you, O man,
what is good,
and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.  Micah 6:8

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so
that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you
live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the
world.  Philippians 2:15

When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and
recognized these men had been with Jesus. 
Acts 4:13

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great
cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so
closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping
our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy
set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the
throne
 of God.  Hebrews
12:1-2



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