Summary: A sermon that considers three important attributes required for a walk with God. Peace, price and place.
Walking with God, good for your health.
Peace, price, place.
GE 6:9 This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
GE 6:11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. 16 Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."
GE 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Walking is good for your health.
Some people are not that keen on walking – others love it.
I remember working in a factory once under a manager called Norman. Norman was a brilliant manager and was a man who was purposeful in all he did.
When he walked around the factory he walked quickly and purposefully. Norman, you could tell, was a man on a mission. Other people walked from one place to another in the factory and they weren’t that noticeable, but when Norman walked, people noticed because he was a man on a mission. He had purpose – he had focus and our very livelihood depended on his walk for he was the Manager.
In the same way I believe God wants you to walk with real meaning and effectiveness in your Christian lives.
Your walk is to be remarkable.
Here I am not talking about your physical walk but rather your spiritual walk.
Jesus referred to our walk – He said:-
JN 8:12 "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
In the Old Testament we read about Moses and in Genesis we hear of Moses that GE 6:9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
When we become a Christian we become a child of God on a journey with God and I believe that God wants us to walk with him.
This morning I want to suggest from the passages that we have already considered three important things that God wants us to know about our walk with him and the three things that arise out of that that we can do to help us walk with Him.
It is important because if you are not walking with God you could waste a day – a week – a year – a decade or even a lifetime.
There is a story in Pooh bear called looking for small.
It is a long adventure and eventually small is found –
Let me read you a little from the story.
And two days later Rabbit happened to meet Eeyore in the forest.
“Hello Eyeore,’ he said, “What are you looking for?”\”Small of course,” said Eeyore. “Haven’t you any brain?’”
“Oh, but didn’t I tell you?” said Rabbit. “Small was found two days ago.”
There was a moment’s silence.
“Ha Ha,” said Eeyore bitterly. “Merriment and what-not. Don’t apologize. It’s just what would happen.”
It seems to me that the whole world – success or failure is on a similar futile search as Eeyore unless the person is walking with God as Noah did.