Grace For The Journey
Last week, in a couple of blogs, we looked into the Bible to see what it says about “walking with God.” The Christian life (which the Bible describes in many places as “a journey/pilgrimage” or “a walk”) is lived by faith. Biblical faith has both substance and evidence (Hebrews 11:1). The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:4 that Abel was accepted by God and saved when he exercised faith in the promises of God (substance) and obeyed what God said (evidence). Salvation always has been and always will be only by the blood. The Bible says in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” and the Bible says in Colossians 1:14, “In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Salvation is only by the blood and no one in this world can change that!
I want to continue our look at “walking with God” for a couple of days this week. Today, I want us to look at Enoch and see how he gave evidence of his salvation by walking with God by faith. According to Jude 14 the Bible shows us that Enoch’s walk with God not only produced a relationship with God but also life-truths that he and those living at that time needed to know about life and the future.
The Bible says nothing about Enoch’s first 65 years of life. These years were his years of development where he made his choices concerning life and what it was all about. Because that Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God, we know that he was brought up to know the Lord and at some point in his life placed his personal faith in the coming Promised Seed (Genesis 3:15). God reminds us early on in His Word that life is so much more than just growing up, getting a job, getting married, raising a family, and retiring in ease. Life is about whom you are, not just what you do. This life is the prelude for eternity!
Little is said about Enoch and, yet, we do know three things about Enoch’s life (or walk).
1) It had a Commencement.
It did not began at age 65 with the birth of Methuselah. The Bible simply states that, “after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years” (Genesis 5:21). This does not mean that he did not walk with God the first 65! I thank the Lord that I was saved early in life. I began my walk with God with the support of a loving family and church members. Through Christ’s presence and power, I have tried to be consistent over these years. I have not and will never be perfect, but I want my life to reflect the change that only the Lord can make.
When and where Enoch made the personal choice to walk with God is not stated but some where he made a choice to know God and let Him be all that He would have him to be.
2) It had a Consistency.
The Bible tells us in Genesis 5:22, “… Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters.” Enoch lived in very evil days that led up to the destruction of the world by the flood. Days when men who were called the “sons of God” allowed their fleshly imagination to fulfill unholy desires through their sinful flesh. Jesus compared the days that we live in “as in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:36-9).” Yet, Enoch was able to live for the Lord!
3) It had a Conclusion.
After 365 years of life, with the majority of those years walking with God, God took Enoch home (Genesis 5:24). This is a beautiful type of the Rapture where those who are “alive and remain (not dead)” will be “caught up” and be with the Lord eternally (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. This should be the desire of every child of God and is our blessed hope.
So . . . What Characterizes A Walk With God?
1) It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we are convicted of our sin and convinced of our need to know and accept Christ as Savior.
Through the Holy Spirit work, we acknowledge our sin, repent (or turn from) of that sin, accept Christ’s work of salvation on the cross and through the empty tomb, and ask Him to be our Savior and Lord (Acts 16:31).
2) It is through the Holy Spirit giving us the gift of faith that we obey and live for God.
This life is summoned up in Galatians 2:20, where the Bible says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”
3) It is by faith and obedience to God’s Word that we walk and stand for God.
The Bible says in Ephesians 6:13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
4) It is by faith that we live, or walk, before God.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
5) It is by faith that we resist the devil.
The Bible says in Peter 5:8-9, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
7) It is by faith that we commune with God.
The Bible says in Ephesians 3:12, “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.”
8) It is by faith that we overcome the world.
The Bible says in 1 John 5:4, “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.”
9) It is by faith that we please God.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
So … Where do you stand? Are you living and standing on the substance of God’s Word and giving evidence of that truth by the life you are living? Are you living, or walking, with God, by faith? How would you answer Christ’s question in Luke 18:8b, “Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?”
The Word of God is vital to our walking with Him.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”