Summary: This message will admonish listeners to press through their current circumstances and situations and remain faithful.
21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
JUST KEEP WALKING!
Enoch and Noah have something in common, in the fact that they were both delivered from the perils and trials of their world.
With Enoch, God took him out of the world.
With Noah, God destroyed the world around him.
But, in both cases, the Bible tells us, these men found the mercy and grace of God, not because they did any great thing, or were heavenly superstars, but the Bible simply says this about both men: “..they walked with God.”
Now, this may not seem like much, but in study and prayer lately, it has been impressed upon me that those who will be victorious are not the ones who are perfect, or never struggle, but those who in the midst of trouble, discouragement, persecution, ridicule, family problems, peer pressure, in the midst of every conceivable hindrance just keep walking!
Maybe not leaping, or bounding through the grassy vales, maybe not scaling mountain peaks, maybe not making a whole lot of progress, but people who will just keep walking with God!
I.)OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEFINED AS A WALK!
4 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.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
17 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.
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
From the time we begin our relationship with God, it is ordained that we walk and not sit still!
It is the intention of the Holy Ghost that we be continually progressing in the Spirit!
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
We are to continually be moving toward a goal! Some fly, some run, but most of us walk!
Whatever we do we must keep moving forward.
Our Christian walk has been defined as a race.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
However, this race is different than other races, for in this race it is not the fastest runner that wins!
Solomon said that the race is not always to the swift!
And Jesus said, This race is going to be won by those who endure to the end!
The winners will be the ones who ignore the distractions, and muscle cramps, and opportunities to quit and just keep walking!
Just keep moving forward!
We have all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare!
Why did the tortoise win the race?
Because he was faster?
No, of course not, but because he just kept plodding along!
The hare was running circles around him for a while, but soon lost his interest in the race and sat down to take a nap.
But, the old tortoise just kept walking!
I may not be running, I may not be leaping, but I am enduring!
I am just going to keep walking!
II.)IN GENESIS 13, GOD GIVES ABRAHAM SOME GREAT PROMISES.
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. 18 Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.