Summary: In this message, let’s think about three men who walked with God. 1- Enoch’s walk of evangelism 2- Noah’s walk of obedience 3- Abraham’s walk of faith
INTRO.- ILL.- Some guy said: We work out too much. We waste time. A friend of mine runs marathons. He always talks about this "runner’s high." But he has to go 26 miles for it. That’s why I smoke and drink. I get the same feeling from a flight of stairs.
ILL.- Deciding to take up jogging, the man was astounded by the wide selection of jogging shoes available at the local sports shoe store. While trying on a basic pair of jogging shoes, he noticed a minor feature and asked the clerk: "What is this little pocket thing here on the side for?"
And the clerk: "Oh, that’s to carry spare change so you can call your wife to come pick you up when you’ve jogged too far." Did you ever go to far? Probably not.
Some jog and some walk, but most do it to hopefully either maintain their health or get healthier.
Physical exercise is good for anybody. No doubt about it. We’d all be healthier if we’d walk and do some strength exercises and especially, as we age. Physical exercise is good but there’s something better and it will last forever!
I Timothy 4:8 “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
The fleshly body will some day fail no matter how healthy we are. Jack LaLanne is 96 years old and the man many have called “the godfather of fitness,” but some day, just like everybody else his flesh will fail and he will go into eternity. BUT WHERE WILL HE SPEND ETERNITY?
Since we’re entering a new year it seems only reasonable that we need to think about godliness and our walk with God, because this will benefit us the most in the coming year. Paying attention to God always pays!
Everyone lives or walks the road of life, but how do we walk? How do we live? And for whom?
Psalm 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
There are two ways to walk in life: either with God or with the sinful of this world. Walking with God leads to life and blessing. Walking with the sinful (or in sin) leads to trouble, judgment, and condemnation.
ILL.- Bernie Madoff had plenty of this world’s riches because he “made off” with other people’s money, but look at where he is now: in prison for life. And consider where he may be some day in the future! (Matthew 16:26) We can choose to walk with God in this life or else we will walk with the world. It’s our choice. It’s one or the other.
BUT BLESSED IS THE MAN, whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
ILL.- George Muller once said: “The first three years after my conversion I neglected the Word of God. Since then, I have read the Bible through 100 times, and each time with increasing delight. When I begin it afresh, it always seems like a new book to me. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.”
The person who walks with God also spends time in His Word.
PROP.- In this message, let’s think about three men who walked with God.
1- Enoch’s walk of evangelism
2- Noah’s walk of obedience
3- Abraham’s walk of faith
I. ENOCH’S WALK OF EVANGELISM
Genesis 5:21-24 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
Enoch walked with God. How did he do that? What did He do in order to walk with God?
There is a good possibility that he literally walked with God. Anything is possible with God, you know! God could have come to him in a something of a human form, after all, Jesus came to earth in human form! He was God in the flesh!
Normally, we think that Enoch had such a close relationship to God (walk with God or fellowship with God) that he talked to him all the time. I would bet he did.
ILL.- Recently, I went to Seneca, MO, for a funeral. Truman Brady’s father, Kenneth, passed on Sunday, Dec. 12th, and his memorial service was on Wednesday morning at the Seneca Christian Church. Gerald “Griff” Griffin gave the eulogy and did an excellent job. He must have known Kob Brady fairly well to be able to do such a good job. After the funeral we walked outside to get in the car to go to the grave side service. As we were walking out Dorothy Griffin saw an old friend and his wife. It was his Reggie Thomas and his wife. Perhaps you recall that Reggie has for many years been the director of White Fields Overseas Evangelism, making trips to India, Africa and Haiti doing evangelistic work.