Summary: What must I do to walk with God? Read about three things that you can do to walk with God.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: TO FIRST PLEASE GOD, YOU MUST LEARN TO WALK WITH GOD
“For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: HEBREWS 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
What a great testimony to have, for a Christian to say, “I want to please God.” We could ask the question right now, “Have you pleased God this week?” I don’t know if you answered yes or not but I have to ask myself that question each day. I have to check in with God for myself and that’s what you need to do. I wonder are you trying to please God in the life style that you’re living? Is God pleased with what you’re doing?
Now look with me at Genesis 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not, for God took him.”
We read to you how Enoch had a testimony that he pleased God. That’s what I want to do. There’s a lot of people that don’t do that. They are trying to in a lot of ways to please man and self. But I believe we need to please God before we please anyone else. We’re here for one purpose and one purpose only and that’s that no one should perish. That the Lost should come to repentance. We are here to please God and to please Him we must tell people about Him.
There’s a lot of people that aren’t pleasing God with the lifestyle their living and the things that they are doing. There’s people that have gotten out of the way. We need some God fearing Christians today that are willing to please God.
I want to preach on: To first please God you must learn to walk with God.
In Hebrews Enoch had a testimony that he please God but in Genesis he walked with God. You’ll never please God if we don’t first learn to walk with Him. A lot of people are walking away from God.
John 6:66 “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” That’s sad when you have a Christian saved by His grace, they’ve been birthed into the family of God, their sealed with the holy seal of promise, borned again and then their not pleasing God because their not walking with God.
In First Corinthian 10:5 “But with many of them God was not well pleased...”
A lot of people think they can hide things from God. You can’t hid anything from God. It don’t matter where you’re at, if you’re a born again believer, God is watching you this morning.
Romans 8:8 “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Most people think about God and Jesus but they forget about the Holy Spirit. That’s what dwells in us on the inside. There’s a lot of people that leave out the spirit of God.
Micah 6:8 says that we should walk humbly with our God. Don’t try to get proud and boastful. Just walk humbly. If God isn’t first in your life, you’ll be last.
First John 1:6 “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.”
You can lie to me all you want to but the Bible says if you say you have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, you lie and do not the truth. God don’t like liars. You know why? The Bible says the devil is the father of it. There’s a lot of Christians that are lying and cheating and stealing against God today. You ever been going on a trip and decide to take a short cut? There’s a lot of Christians in the world talking short cuts on God. Coming to the house of God once a month is taking a short cut and you’ll never get where God wants you to be. Then you’ll come to church with $500.00 in your wallet and put a dollar in the offering plate. Then they think their some good tither and they’ve done their part. The Bible teaches us to give God our best. He gave us his best. There’s a lot of people not walking with God.