Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Enoch’s Amazing Walk with God

Enoch’s Amazing Walk with GodHow We Can Have an Amazing Walk With God Beginning Today
Gen 5:24
24 And Enoch walked [in close fellowship] with and pleased God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]. [Heb 11:5.]
Heb 11:55 Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been in close fellowship with God. [Gen 5:21-24.] AMP

IntroductionWhat an amazing thing this is, to be in such a close and pleasing relationship with God that one day you just walk into heaven with Him without dying.

1. In The Beginning: Adam and Eve had such a walk/relationship with God. God came to visit them in the cool of the day. Unhindered by sin, they had amazing fellowship with God daily. Do you remember the joy of your salvation? Remember what it was like when you were first in love with Jesus!

2. Satan’s Scheme: In Genesis 3 we see the unfolding of Satan’s master plan to destroy humanity’s Relationship and Walk with God. ‘You shall be like God he said, when actually they became like him, separated because of their sin from God.

3. God response: in Genesis 3:15 the beginning of God’s plan of restoration with a demonstration of it in the shedding of the blood of animals to provide clothing, which is a fore shadowing of the shedding of the Messiah’s blood that we might have that close and God pleasing relationship or walk with God once again once again.

Heb 11:55 Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been in close fellowship with God. [Gen 5:21-24.] AMP

I. Where do we begin?

Salvation, Born again John 3:16 and Col 1:13-14John 3:16-1816 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world bto judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.Col 1:13-1413 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

II. What is next: Laying The foundation
1 Cor 3:10-11According to athe grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1. Preparing the Soil: If you have ever built or watched a foundation being built you know that the land must be prepared and that you must be careful as to what type of soil you build on. When we come to God as new believers we have sin and its results in our lives.
We not only need to repent from sin and renounce ungodly influences in our lives, but we may also need cleansing and healing from sins impact in our lives.

2. Build on Christ alone: We must build from the cornerstone which is Christ a foundation which from Him and Him alone.
3. Building a Relationship: Building that foundation requires a growing relationship. Relationships have several key parts.
a. Motivation, Interest, Interaction, Response, these are part of an ongoing cycle which must be kept fresh and alive.
Illustration in dating and marriage

III. Building on the foundation which is Christ

I Cor 3:12-1512 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, 1precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for bthe day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test 1the quality of each man's work. 14 If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet aso as through fire.

The Word of God as illuminated by the Holy Spirit is our primary and most important resource for knowing and developing a walk/relationship with God. Our prayers and our worship must be founded in the Word or we risk being led away from God by our own soulish desires and responses.
1. We need both Knowledge and Experience: Wisdom is gained by experience that comes from applying what we believe in life. The Greek values knowledge, the Hebrew does not separate knowing and doing what you say you believe. As Christians we must value both knowledge and wisdom gained through the experience of acting on what we believe.
2. Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev former Soviet Premier memorized large portions of scripture to get candy as a child but never came to Christ or served Him.
(Knowledge is not enough)

This foundation in Christ through God’s Word will also keep us from being caught up in the latest fads and doctrines.
We must judge our experiences and all we think and do by the Word. There are plenty of false teachings floating around in every generation and we can avoid them if we are in close relationship with God based on His Word.
False doctrines always have some truth. They also can take truth out of its biblical setting when it was not meant to be.

Examples:1. Taking Scripture out of context: Judas went out and hung himself and Jesus said go and do the same thing. These two scriptures do not go together. Christ never told anyone to hang themselves.
2. Talking to Angels instead of God. God assigns His angels to us. We need not seek them out as they are on assignment by God. Why talk to the messenger when you can talk to the Boss? When angels do show up in Scripture it is a big and often tramatic event.

The Enoch Type of Walk with God includes avoiding false doctrines which take us away from God is getting to know Him intimately and saying YES to Him Constantly and building our relationship daily.

IV. Simple Steps to a growing intimate walk with God.James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. NASU

1. Start where you are at and build little by little 5 min prayer, 5 min reading, 5 min worship
2. Find and fellowship with others who love God
3. Begin with a good study Bible and learn how to use it, read, read, read and study,
Then add an exhaustive Concordance
Then a Bible dictionary
These three resources will make you a good student of the Word!4. Learn to pray by using Scriptural prayers, start with the lord’s prayer
5. Listen to worship and praise music as much as possible
6. Spend more time doing these things than listening to others teach and preach or in reading other people’s books
7. Work on making God your best friend and seek Him out every minute you can

V. GET BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAY IN TONGUES when you do you build yourself up in God! Paul said he prayed tongues more than all the believers he wrote to and that praying in tongues builds you up in your faith.
1 Cor 14:18-19I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you all; NASU1 Cor 14:4Those who speak in a tongue build up themselves, NRSV
Prayer:Lord God, please forgive us for being so busy living our lives that we have not made you the priority of our lives. Father bring us close to you by your Spirit and through your Word that we might build a relationship that pleases you and that we might have walk with you even as Enoch did!
Father, if we have not built wisely then please show us where we must rebuild our foundation and help us to restore our first love with you.

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