The Christian Walk
The word “walk” is a very common word in the Bible. My SwordSearcher Bible software tells me that the word “walk” is found in 203 verses, while the word “walked” can be found in 120 verses. I remember a couple of years ago when I preached Gen. 5:24, “Enoch walked with God ; and he was not; for God took him. There were only two men in the Bible who were mentioned to “walked” with God. The first is Enoch, and the second is Noah (Gen. 6:9). Today we will be talking about Christian walk. I would mention the same points I taught before but add some more things.
I. How it is used in the Bible:
A. Walk in the Scriptures often denotes how we live, how we act. How you conduct yourself.
II. What is to walk with God?
A. To walk with God means to have fellowship with Him. We are aware of His divine presence and we are in spiritual communion with Him (Amos 3:3). Just like lovers who hold each other’s hands intimacy, agreement, and care is there.
B. To walk with God is to talk to him regularly through prayers (Ps. 55:17) and to listen to His words through Bible reading (Prov. 8:33, Rom. 10:17). Let’s not do all the talking but learn how to listen. I remember my lecturer in Bible College who tells us to learn to listen more specially when praying.
C. To walk with God is to fear Him and to obey (Deut. 13:4) His commandments. God’s word is our rule in everything. Fear here means reverential trust with hatred of evil. For young people, and teen agers, obey your parents (Eph. 6:1, Col. 3:20)
D. To walk with God is to live a Godly and Holy life in the midst of the corrupt people around us even if it means standing alone. I would include here having fellowship with people whom you share the same belief and conviction, like those in the church.
E. To walk with God is to have faith in Him and to His promises trusting Him at all times. Christian walk is by faith only 2 Cor. 5:7.
F. To walk with God is to serve Him continuously and do this that will please Him. It is said that Enoch walked with God for 300 years.
G. To walk with God is to do things that will please Him. In Heb. 11:5 we are told that Enoch has a testimony that pleased God. Is God pleased the way we are living now. I know some brothers and sisters who would rather die that disobey the Lord and commit sin.
III. Walking by faith, not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
A. By faith we believe things we cannot see for now. We believe it because the Bible says so.
B. I cannot see heaven now. I cannot see the mansions mentioned by the Lord, but I look forward that when the time comes I will be there.
C. Like Abraham, we Christians look forward to a city not made by hands whose builder is God (Heb. 11:10).
D. Things may be difficult now and everywhere we see evil, corruptions, pain, sufferings, sickness, poverty, dangers, misery, death, etc., but by faith, we know that it is only temporary and when the Lord Jesus Christ comes, he will make all things right. He will wipe away all our tears.
E. Christian Missionaries around the world despite of persecutions, rejections, hunger, thirst, heart aches, etc., still persevere to do the Lord’s work because they walk by faith not by sight.
Illustration: The Blitz
During the terrible days of the Blitz, a father, holding his small son by the hand, ran from a building that had been struck by a bomb. In the front yard was a shell hole. Seeking shelter as quickly as possible, the father jumped into the hole and held up his arms for his son to follow.
Terrified, yet hearing his father’s voice telling him to jump, the boy replied, “I can’t see you!”
The father, looking up against the sky tinted red by the burning buildings, called to the silhouette of his son, “But I can see you. Jump!”
The boy jumped, because he trusted his father.
The Christian faith enables us to face life or meet death, not because we can see, but with the certainty that we are seen; not that we know all the answers, but that we are known.
IV. Walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18)
A. Walk in the Spirit here means to live according to the guidance, direction, and influence of the Holy Spirit.
B. Those who do not walk in the spirit are considered carnal or fleshy. Below are the sins of the “flesh” which Christians should avoid and never commit.
1. Adultery – This is sexual intercourse, usually of a man, married or unmarried, always with the wife of another. Forbidden by the law (Ex, 20:14; Deut. 5:18), Jesus broadens its application to include the lustful look that betrays an adulterous heart (Matt. 5:27-30). Jesus teaches that such evils as adultery come from the heart (Matt. 15:19).
2. Fornication – sexual relationship between unmarried people. The Bible uses this term as a general description for immorality (Mt. 5:32; 15:19; 19:9; Acts 15:20,29; 21:15; Rom. 1:29).
3. Lasciviousness – A term referring to immorality (Mk. 7:22; 2Cor. 12:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 4:19; 1Pet. 4:3; Jude 1:4). It especially refers to excess and lack of restraint, shameless conduct (Vine). It could be defined as “the stirring up of lustful desires which cannot be satisfied within God’s boundaries” (Bunnell). The Greek word (aselgeia) is also translated “filthy” (2Pet. 2:7) and “wantonness” (Rom. 13:13; 2Pet. 2:18). In 2 Pet. 2:7 this word refers to the moral perversion of Sodom.
4. Idolatry – The worship of false gods (Lev. 19:4; 26:1,30).
5. Witchcraft – Magic; sorcery; demonism; occultism (Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31; 20:6; Deut. 18:9-14; 1 Sam. 15:23; 2 Kings 9:22; 2 Chr. 33:6; Isa. 47:13-15; Jer. 27:9-10; Dan. 2:10; Mic. 5:12; Nah. 3:4; Acts 19:19; Gal. 5:20; Eph. 5:11; 6:10-18; Rev. 21:8). The Bible makes no distinction between “white magic” and “black magic.” Every form of involvement in spiritism is strictly forbidden.
6. Emulations – Jealousy; ardor in an unfavorable, self-serving sense; resentment toward others that have or are what we want (Gal. 5:20). “This springs from a desire for self-attention above interest in others” (Bunnell). The same Greek word translated “emulations” in Gal.. 5:20 (zelos) is also translated “envy” (Ac 13:45), “fervent mind” (2Cor. 7:7), “indignation” (Acts 5:17), “jealousy” (2Cor.
11:2), and “zeal” (2Cor. 7:11; 9:2). It is translated “envy” six times and “zeal” six times.
7. Wrath – Violent anger; vehement exasperation; indignation.
8. Variance – (1) Difference that produces dispute or controversy; to alienate; disagreement; dissension; (Webster) (Mt. 10:35). (2) Wrangling; contention; strife; discord; quarrelling (Gal. 5:20).
9. Strife – Contention; quarrelling; fighting (Gen. 13:7; Pr. 15:18; 17:1; 20:3; 26:17; 30:33; Rom. 13:13;)
10. Sedition – An uprising; a factious commotion of the people; a tumult; insurrection (Ezr. 4:15,19; L- k. 23:19,25; Acts 24:5; Gal. 5:20).
11. Heresies – 1. A fundamental error in religion, or an error of opinion respecting some fundamental doctrine of religion
12. Envying – Feeling uneasiness at the superior condition and happiness of another.
13. Murders – To cause someone to die; to put to death
14. Drunkenness – The condition of being intoxicated with alcoholic beverages (Eph. 5:18).
15. Revelling – Feasting with noisy merriment; carousing. (Way of Life Encyclopaedia by David Cloud).
V. Walk in wisdom (Col. 4:5).
A. Walk in wisdom is, to act wisely, upright and honest. To deal with the unbelievers on the strictest principles of integrity, so that they may not have occasion to reproach Christianity.
B. Do not be a stumbling block to your fellow men whether Christian or non-Christian.
C. Make the most of your time to win souls for Christ.
Christian walk is a steady, consistent day to day walk. Slow yet moving forward to reach a goal. Christian walk began by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, it must go on continuously, by grace through faith only. Will you do the same walk? Walk with Christ and reach the best destination beyond your imagination and dreams.