Friday, October 5, 2012

Walk, walk, walk the Bible way

I love the children's ministry song: "Walk the Bible Way."  It is a very short song. Like short Bible verses, the lyrics speaks profoundly about what walking with God looks like.  Here are some Biblical considerations about walking with God.  Enjoy reading God's word and even more so, let's put it into practice!

“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”  (Gen. 17:1) – Always be mindful of the presence of God and do right. (Gen. 24:40; 48:15; 1 Kings 9:4; 2 Chr. 6:14; Ps. 116:9)

“And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.” (Ex. 18:20) – God has standards that we must abide by.  His Words are not a list of do’s and don’ts, rather they are a guide through life (either directly or indirectly via principles). (Lev. 18:4; 26:3; Deut. 5:33; 8:6;)

“After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.” (Lev. 18:3) – Sometimes we learn, accept and adapt the wrong and sinful behavior from the culture around us.  We are to examine that in light of His word, and reject it if necessary. (Lev. 20:23; Isa. 8:11; Mic. 4:5, 6:16; Eph. 4:17, 5:8)

“Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.” (Deut. 5:33) – Walking with God means that you don’t pick and choose which of His commands you wish to obey.  (Deut. 10:12; 11:22; Josh. 22:5; 1 Kings 8:58; 2 Chr. 7:17; Neh. 10:29; Jer. 7:23)

“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.” (Deut.  8:6) – Walking with God means that you are mindful of Him.  Fearing Him is walking with Him.  Some people fear man, and so they do things that please man even at the expense of displeasing God.  You don’t do this when the object of fear is God. (2 Chr. 6:31; Neh. 5:9; Ps. 86:11)

“And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.” (Deut. 8:19) – Walking with God means that you are not going to idolize anything or anyone. (Jer. 7:6,9; Ezk. 20:18; Mic. 4:5)

“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,” (Deut. 10:12) – Walking with Him means that we love and serve God with all of our being.  This is complete, whole or entire obedience.  There is the balance of affection and action.

“For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;” (Deut. 11:22) – Walking with God is dependence upon Him and ever staying close by His side, or a cleaving unto Him. (Deut. 13:14)

“Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:” (Deut. 26:17) – Claiming faith in God is not disjointed from walking with Him.  Popular Christianity is ever so quick to say they believe in God, but deny Him in practice.  I don’t believe God accepts, nor validates lip service. (Deut. 28:19; 2 Chr.34:31; Ps. 26:11; Ezk. 11:20; Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Thess. 2:12; 1 John 2:6)

“In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.” (Deut. 30:16) – Walking with God is the place and position whereby God can bless us and we know that we are blessed. (1 Kings 2:3; 8:23; Jer. 7:23)

“That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 2:4) – Walking with God is walking in truth.  No double standards, not at home (Ps. 101:2) and not at church.  When you walk with Him it matters not where you are at.  It is so vitally important to walk in truth. (Ps. 116:9; Rom. 13:13; 3 John 1:4)

“Concerning this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father:” (1 Kings 6:12) – The walking is in the doing. (2 Kings 23:3; Ezk. 20:19; 37:24; 2 John 1:6)

“And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.” (1 Kings 11:38) – Walking with God guarantees His special presence.  Part of the joy of walking with someone is enjoying their company. (Rev. 3:4)

“Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.” (2 Chr. 6:16) – Parents must have a walk with God if they are going to raise their children for God.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Ps. 84:11) – Walking with God is walking uprightly.  It is to live sincerely, honestly before the Lord. There is integrity of heart.  (Ps. 86:11; Pr. 2:7; 1 John 1:6)

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.” (Ps. 89:15) – There is joy, when you walk with God. (Jn. 8:12)

“They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.” (Ps. 119:3) – Walking with God means that we do not characteristically practice sin. (Hos. 14:9; Jn. 11:10)

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” (Ps. 119:45) – Walking with God means the moral use of our liberty.  Our liberty is liberty to do that which is right, not a license to sin.  We have all of God’s word to mine for the things we ought to be doing, and we should praise God for it.  The Bible isn’t a limiting book it is a liberating document.

“My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:” (Pr. 1:15) – Walking with God assumes a separation from the ungodly.

“That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.” (Pr. 2:20) – Walking with God assumes a companionship with the godly. (Phil. 3:17)

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Isa. 2:3) – Walking with God means that God is the source and main instructor. (Isa. 30:21; Jer. 42:3; Ezk. 36:27; Mic. 4:2)

“O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.” (Isa. 2:5) – Wonderful, that we can walk in the light.  There are sorrows, pain, dangers, and snares that can be avoided because of walking in the light.  There can be much work accomplished by walking in the light of the LORD.  The ability to see things differently because of His light! (Jn. 12:35)

“No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:” (Isa. 35:9) – Safety and protection is a blessing to those who walk with God.

“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.” (Jer. 3:17) – Walking with God means that we stop serving Him in our own imaginations.  We don’t invent or innovate or manufacture our own worship.  We offer to Him that which He prescribes.  Worship is revealed not imagined. (Jer. 13:10; 16:12; 18:12)

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” (Jer. 6:16) – Walking with God is walking in the good way, it results in finding rest for our souls.

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amo. 3:3) – Walking with God means that you agree with Him, sometimes even if it is over and against our own sentiments. (2 Cor. 6:16)

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Mic. 6:8) – Walking with God is clothed in humility.  Not a "put on" to be seen by people for show, but a sincere and humble walk with God. (2 Thess. 4:12)

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:4) – Walking with God is walking in newness life.  We are done with doing our own thing, living our own sinful lives.  Now we get a chance to walk in newness of life!

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1) – Walking with God is not walking after the flesh.  It is walking after the Spirit.  We are led by the Holy Spirit of God, and we do what He prompts us to do.  (Gal. 5:16, 25)

“Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.” (Rom. 13:13) – Walking with God is walking honestly, not with or in carnality. (1 Cor. 3:3)

“But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.” (1 Cor. 7:17) – Walking with God means to dutifully accomplish the roles that God has given to us for ministry work, all this without a heart of complacency or envy or strife and divisions (or carnal activity).

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Cor. 5:7) – Walking with God is walking by faith, believing Him and trusting His word.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) – Walking with God is walking in the good works according to God’s program.

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” (Eph. 5:2) – Walking with God is walking in love.  A kind of love that is sacrificial and self-less.

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,” (Eph. 5:8) – Walking with God is to walk circumspectly or carefully and exactly with precision.   No one walks with God naturally or by accident.  We must be careful how we conduct ourselves.

“Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” (Phil.  3:16) – Walking with God means following the same path that other godly saints have trod.

“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” (Col. 1:10) – Walking with God is evidenced by being pleasing to unto all, being spiritually fruitful, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” (Col. 2:6) – Walking with God is continuing in holiness throughout course of life, not being dissuaded by opposition of sin.

 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” (Col. 4:5) – Walking with God is walking in His wisdom for every situation.  You can buy back the time, when you start to walk in God’s wisdom.  God has a way of multiplying what limited items we bring Him.  He makes us effective for service.

“Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.” (1 Thess. 4:1) – Walking with God is all about pleasing Him.

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