Friday, January 9, 2015

a walk in the garden

Genesis 5:24 
24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5-6
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.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Jude 1:14
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Enoch is a man whom I have begun to greatly admire.  There are only two men in the Bible who did not die a natural death: Enoch and Elijah.  They were both swept up to heaven. Enoch may have just walked right up and Elijah was swept away in a chariot of fire. 
The references  of Enoch in the Bible are few, but speak of a man of great faith. He was a man born at a time when the world was growing worse and more wicked. He was in a time of great evil right before God sent the flood. Yet, he walked with God so well, that he is listed as a hero of faith, prophesied, and was taken right up to heaven.  When he was first mentioned it says right off, "He walked with God."  I have begun to realize this is what God has wanted all along from his creation and Enoch got it right. 
In the Garden of Eden, God would come every day and walk in the garden with Adam and Eve just to spend time with them. He would walk and talk with them, spend time with them, be with them.  It was a great time of communion and fellowship.  
God then was so pleased with Enoch, who walked with God, he took him right home with him. 
God wanted and called for more relationship of this kind and continually tried to get Israel to understand that simple relationship but they didn't understand. So he sent His Son, Jesus, to literally walk and talk with people on the earth, in the flesh.  Jesus walked and talked and explained that God loves us and wants to be with us. 
When Jesus was finally resurrected, he left with the promise of sending a comforter, the Holy Ghost. This then leads into these verses in Galatians 5

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Wow, God is still working on His plan and design of walking and talking with his creation, with his children.  He sent his Spirit to dwell in us so we could walk in the Spirit. We can walk with him and talk with him.  I just listened to a sermon on Youtube titled Walk in the Spirit by the late David Wilkerson. He spoke about a time he was seeking God for quite some time and asking God how to walk in the spirit. The answer finally came in the still small voice with three words "Just say yes."  He began to say, "I don't understand, God. What do you mean?"  God showed him that walking in the spirit is saying yes to what God says. God is to govern our lives and we are no longer our own. We just say yes!  We are not designed to say no, maybe, later, only yes.  Link to this sermon
I turned to this scripture that talks about saying Yes.

2 Corinthians 1:19-21

19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas[a] and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
He has always said Yes to the promises.  We are the ones saying no, doubting and mistrusting. We have the Spirit of God living and breathing in us and we are not following. We are not allowing Him to lead and guide us. We are denying the power and the dominion of God Almighty!!!!  It is time to say "YES!!!!!"   
2 Timothy 1:9
who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

His purpose is to have a relationship with his creation, with us, in which we are walking and talking with him everyday. It is to be deep relationship we look forward to and a time of fellowship and communion with Him. It is a time of developing more understanding of Him. 
Proverbs 3:6 says In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. 
Do you want God to direct your paths.  All we do should be to glorify Him. We need to walk with Him, and talk with Him daily so we can recognize His still, small voice. When we hear that voice, we can say 'Yes."  We will have no doubts and fears will be cast away because we are walking and talking with our dearest and best friend. The ultimate purpose of our life will be found as we are directed by God. 

As I was thinking about all of this, the old hymn, In the Garden came to mind and I began to sing it. I hadn't thought of it in years, yet every word poured forth with a greater understanding and depth, I have never had.  Tears of joy began to flow down my cheeks as I understood these words for the very first time. The time spent talking with God, walking with God and hearing His voice should bring the greatest joy we have ever known. May I really walk and talk with my Savior and have that Joy that causes me to tarry and listen to the sweetest voice I have ever heard. God bless.

In the Garden by Charles A. Miles

  1. I come to the garden alone,
    While the dew is still on the roses,
    And the voice I hear falling on my ear
    The Son of God discloses.
    • Refrain:
      And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
      And He tells me I am His own;
      And the joy we share as we tarry there,
      None other has ever known.
  2. He speaks, and the sound of His voice
    Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
    And the melody that He gave to me
    Within my heart is ringing.
  3. I’d stay in the garden with Him,
    Though the night around me be falling,
    But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
    His voice to me is calling.

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