I have a great concern that many Christians today fail to enjoy a personal relationship with their God. There is much “Christianspeak” on the subject, but little reality. Intimacy with God must be developed in the same way intimacy in any personal relationship is developed. There can be no intimacy without communication. God speaks very clearly to us through HIS Word. The Spirit of God illuminates truth to our soul and we have the choice to surrender to that truth thus demonstrating that we are hearing from God. We choose to surrender our will to HIS. At this point of surrender our will is broken and HIS will is embraced. Walking with God, growing in grace, and developing intimacy occurs as the believer makes the faith choice to die to self and embrace the truth. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) Maintaining a proper view of God will encourage the developing disciple to choose to walk in agreement with God.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
The process by which we learn to daily surrender is the process of brokenness. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) The classical Greek illustration for the word meek is that of a wild colt being broken and brought under control of his master. The self-reliant, proud believer will need to go through a series of events to break him of that carnal and worldly mindset.
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
For grace to accomplish an extraordinary work in and through our lives then our faith choices and our surrender to the word of God must lie in the category of extraordinary as well. God will break the believer of self-reliance, and with the diminishing of self-reliance will come a greater measure of trust in HIM. In what areas of your life is God breaking (or diminishing) attitudes or actions in your life?
Let me promise you one thing. If you choose to walk with God, you will go somewhere. And you will develop a personal God story that will give you many opportunities to serve others and glorify our God.
What then are some of the key elements in learning to walk with God. In Genesis 13, we find the first usage of the word “walk” in the bible. What is the significance of this first usage?
Genesis 13:14-17 14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.
God took Abraham to the land of blessing: a land that flowed with milk and honey; a land in which Israel would now forever call home. For the believer, to be at Home with God is to walk in harmony with the same. And a Christian is never at peace until he or she is at home with God. Are you right this very moment at home with God? Are you at peace with HIM? Or, is there an issue of disagreement? To walk with God and to develop intimacy with HIM, we must choose to surrender to HIS expressed will.
Jude 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Jude tells us to keep ourselves in the love of God. We must choose by faith to keep ourselves in the place of blessing. The place of blessing is to be at HOME with God.
If we make our home with God, we are going somewhere. Where are we going? The last usage of the word “Walk” is found in Revelation 21.
Revelation 21:21-25 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
What is the significance of the last usage of the word “walk” in the Bible?
The believer now in their glorified bodies will bask in all of the glory and splendor and privilege of the city of God. Our lives will be completely preoccupied with our God and HIS light.
Let me promise you something. If you choose to walk with God, you will go somewhere.
Eternity is a very big deal, and I am looking forward to it. But before we get there and enter into all of the privileges of that city of God, we have a journey of faith to Walk. It is the expressed will of God that we HIS children Walk in faith and glorify HIM. And to walk this life of faith, we must keep our gaze upon HIM. We cannot walk with one eye on the world and one eye temporarily trained on Christ.
Are you at HOME with God?