Walking with God
Sermon shared by John Chapman
Summary: Since the Garden of Eden, God has desired to walk with us and we with Him. Cain knew a time when God walked with him and reached out to him as sin grew in his heart. Does the beginning relate to todays world? Does GOD still desire us? Do we Ignore Him?
Audience: Believer adults
Walking with God
We first walked with God physically and spiritually, in the garden of eden. In verse Gen. 3:8 “And they heard the sound of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” We can see that Adam and Eve were so accustom to God walking in the garden that they knew what God sounded like, walking. What do you think God walking sounded like?
But after we were separated by sin from God, we did not walk with him physically anymore. Then we could only walk with him in our heart and actions.
Let’s look how Cain’s choices play out on his heart and actions.
And here God gives us insight into our walk with Him in reference to sin. Look in Gen 4:6,7 where God is talking to Cain. God knew what was on Cain’s heart. God is cautioning Cain, trying to help him. What does he say about sin? Gen 4:7 “Sin is crouching at your door and looking to have you, but you must master it.” Master it? How do we do that? There is only one-way, walk through life with God.
Lets look on down further in the story at the result of sin. Gen. 4:9 God asks Cain where Abel is after he’s killed him. When God ask Cain of Abel’s whereabouts Cain lies to God telling him he doesn’t know. Then Cain shows God contempt and says, “Am I my brothers keeper? Second generation sin here. Remember, Adam and Eve were ashamed of their sin and hid. We don’t see the same response from Cain. This was an amazing response to God. Sin had ruined Cain’s concept of right and wrong. Justice has become twisted up in Cain’s reality. Even when punished the scriptures say nothing of Cain’s repentance, only that he complains that it is too harsh and is worried that others will kill him. He’s focused on himself, an attribute we often see repeated in sin. So Cain had lost the sense of right and wrong, and became self-centered by not walking with God.
In verse 10 the Lord says, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Let me just point out here that there is a connection to our sin and relationships with others, another negative result to not walking with God. This example given here between Cain and Able is extreme, but opens to us the realism that our sin affects others. Let me ask you, what others are affected by your not walking with God; boss at work, sister, brother, mom, dad, husband, wife, children? How long can it go on before becomes more destructive. There was a time when Cain had the opportunity to walk with God and after passing it up sin ruined him.
So we need to learn how to walk with God. Lets see what the bible says about walking with God. In these verses you can substitute the word “live” to help have a better understanding of what “walk” means in the scriptures.
Isaiah 2:3 “That He may teach us concerning His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.”
Isa 2:5 “let us walk in the light of the Lord.”
Eze 11:20 “that they may walk in My statues and keep My ordinances, and do them”
Eze 20:19 “I am the Lord your God; walk in My statutes,”
Then in the New Testament with more of a spiritual tone.
1 Corinth 3:3 “are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men?”
2 Corinth 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
Gal 5:16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
Although “live” is a wonderful
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