THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM

Program Air Date – 12-9-12

LESSON TITLE: “THE WORTHY WALK.”

WELCOME

Thank you for joining us this morning for the Living Word Program. It is always a privilege to have you with us for this time of offering to God. We welcome you to this service for our Creator.

Today, we have the opportunity together to worship and praise our God. This morning we will glorify our Lord through songs of praise and through the study of His perfect Word. Won’t you do your part to make this time together acceptable in His sight. Now, let’s begin our praise to God in prayer.

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It is now time to lift up our voice in praise to God. So, won’t you join in with the brethren at this time as we sing together, “We Have Heard The Joyful Sound!”

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DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

The Psalmist David always had a wonderful way of reminding us of just how great our God is. In fact, in Psalm 94 we see that he helps us to remember that it is only through God that we are able to bear the things of this life.

In verses 17 through 19 we read, “Unless the LORD had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, ‘My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O LORD, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Think of all the wonderful things David reminds us of here.

He said without God’s help his soul would have already been silenced. How true this is. If we don’t have God, our soul is empty, because it is the soul of man that houses the very essence of God. God fills us as his children and guides us through the soul.

He also reminds us that we can count on God to help us when we fall. He said if his foot slipped, God was always there to catch him. You see, we have the same privilege in Jesus Christ. He is always with us to help us and care for us when we have needs.

The final thing David mentions is in relationship to anxieties. He says that God is always with us as a comfort when anxieties come our way. Let me remind you that anxieties are fears which we have due to uncertainties or things we are unsure of, in this life.

Oh, how truly comforting our God is. Yes, our God is truly a great God. He is always with us to guide, guard and direct us in every walk of life. He is the only place we can find the true peace and solace that we desire in this life.

Now, the question is, do you have Christ in you? If not, why not? Choose today to accept His will, by confessing His name, repenting of your sins, and being buried with Him through baptism. Then, and only then, can you have the help from God that we are talking about today.

This morning we will begin a new series entitled, “That You May Walk Worthy Of The Lord.” Our specific topic today is, “The Worthy Walk.” So please stay with us through our next song and after that I will return with this study from God’s Word. Now it’s time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

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LESSON

By Ray Sullins

In Colossians 1:10 we read, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord…” This will begin really a new series of study as we consider the concept of walking worthy of our God in heaven. In fact if you go back to the very beginning of time even of God’s creation it has always been God’s desire that His children walk worthy, which means that they walk in such a way that is not only acceptable but pleasing in His sight. Meaning everything that we do and everything that we say really is about helping God to find pleasure in our right living or acceptable living as well as those who are giving it our best by not only studying and knowing what God wants but then putting those things into practice. So this morning as I said we will begin a series of many ideas concerning the walk of a child of God. If you go into the Bible and even if you have a computer program, or maybe even on your phones you can Google it, you can find the idea that is clear of walking worthy. Even if you just put in the idea from a religious standpoint of walking in or walking with you are going to find hundreds and hundreds of scriptures, if not even thousands, that indicate the idea that a follower of God walked in the things of the creator.

So this morning specifically then we want to introduce our discussion by considering the worthy walk of the Christian, the one who is a child of God, who has submitted to the will of God, and therefore is striving in their everyday actions to accomplish the tasks that God gives us through His word. So let’s return to our main text there once again in Colossians 1:10 but really to understand what He is talking about we must look at the context. Obviously, Paul here, an apostle of God by God’s will Himself it says in verse 1, is writing to the Church in Colosse and is trying to encourage the brethren I Colosse to know what it is that God requires of them. How they might not only as Christians be those found acceptable but how can they continue in the things of God. Really as he deals with in verse 10 the idea of you and I being those who might be able to walk worthy of the Lord He includes within that short context several ideas that are required if we are to be those who truly are walking worthy of God.

As you look with me there I want to back up to verse 9, and there we read in the Bible, “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” Then he makes the statement, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord.” What is it that he prefaces this idea with? What is it that Paul here says that he is earnestly praying for? What is his desire? What does he really hope for as one who is inspired of God? What does he want for these people who are saints and Christians? What he says is that he wants them to walk worthy and what he includes in the worthy walk that is essential if someone is to walk worthy or even know what to do in order to walk worthy is what he says there at the end of verse 9; he prayed that they would be filled with the knowledge of his will. You know the question is clear, how can somebody walk worthy of God if they don’t know what God wants, if they don’t have knowledge? Where do we get the knowledge of God’s will? The Bible is clear, the Bible tells us many times, for instance in the book of Peter that the knowledge that was from God was given through his word and it provides for us there all things pertaining to life and Godliness, 2Peter 1:3. Again in the book of Timothy, in 2Timothy 3:16-17, we read there about all scripture being inspired of God completely and thoroughly furnishing us that we might, what, have knowledge. In fact verse 15 says that from childhood Timothy was taught the things of God, given knowledge of the scriptures that he might be saved. Then he goes on later in the same book to talk further about the knowledge of God and so we must know the will of God, would that certainly then indicate a worthy walk requires us to study? Well, certainly we know that the Bible challenges us time and time again to be students of the word of God, to be diligent, committed to our studies, and to learn what it is that God says that we might apply it in our lives. You see it’s one thing to say, “I know God, I believe in God, and I love God, and I follow God,” and then say, “But I’m not sure what He wants.” But it’s quite another thing when we prove it by faith by looking to His word and saying, “I know God, and I love God, and I follow God, and I want to know what He requires of me to be faithful that I might walk worthy.” You see that in and of itself indicates to us the need to understand there is a worthy walk and a way that would be not worthy. So how do I know that worthy way? Knowledge.

He also mentions there in verse 9 the concept of wisdom and spiritual understanding. You see he not only talks about knowledge but the application of knowledge and then doing what God says to be wise in our discernment as we weigh those things that God commands us. Then he says spiritual understanding the fact that we nee to turn to God to understand the way God desires. You know too many men on this earth, too many in the religious world are too accepting and satisfied with what men think, with what they believe, with what they want, with what feels good to them rather than spiritual understanding, Godly understanding, wisdom based on the worthy walk. The fact is God has always required His children to walk worthy according to His will and once again Paul here emphasizes in this text that the worthy walk begins with knowledge unto wisdom, that we know what God wants and we do it.

Not only does he stop there but after he then says that you may walk worthy of the Lord, he then gives us another you might say part of the recipe or part of the equation that is essential to that worthy walk. In verse 10 he goes on to say this, “…being fruitful in every good work…” What is required of one who follows God? Well, that we are fruitful before God. It reminds me clearly of what Jesus spoke of even in the great Sermon on the Mount. You might recall there with me in Matthew 7 He spoke there of the good tree that bears, what, good fruit but a bad tree that bears bad fruit. Then He talks about the fact that a good tree doesn’t all the sudden bring forth bad fruit and a bad tree doesn’t bring forth good fruit. So what is the point? The point is we are known by our fruits. But then there is another aspect of this where he goes on there to say in verse 19, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down.” If a tree is not bearing fruit, if it is not producing that which is good it is worthy for nothing or worth nothing, and unacceptable to God and therefore is only worth being cut down.

So as we think about again our discussion, the worthy walk of God, the standard God sets as a tree, and the standard of you and I as a tree that would bear fruit, bear the same exact type of fruit that God requires of us that we might be, what, once again found acceptable in before Him again pleasing in His sight. But again He doesn’t stop there because right after He mentions the idea of knowledge and wisdom and spiritual understanding right after he speaks of the need of spiritual fruit that is born by those who are worthy guess what he ends with there in the same verse 10. He goes on to say that we might be those who are, “fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Growth, you mean I’ve got to grow as a Christian? Yes and if you are not growing you are dying. The reality is that so many in the religious world want to somehow believe that if I just obey or follow Jesus even at any point of my life it doesn’t matter what else I do. No, Christianity requires growth in fact the Holy Spirit through the Biblical writers continuously condemns those who are satisfied with staying in status quo or elementary things. He tells them to move on, to grown in the things of God.

So therefore the worthy walk of God, the worthy walk of God as Paul through the Holy Spirit tells us here is one that includes that which is from God and the Will of God, His word. That which brings understanding unto wisdom, that which He says here is pleasing to God and not necessarily about me, and also that which brings about fruitful good works also based on the knowledge that we are trying to accomplish that God has given us. Then he goes on in the text to talk about the strength that provides for us from our Lord and our God, what we have in Him, the patience, the longsuffering, the joy. Oh, how wonderful it is when we know that our walk is the walk of God, the Godly walk, the walk that is according to His plan that is found in His word, and ultimately as we see here the walk the worthy walk that pleases God and not man.

There is one verse that I would like to look at in relationship tot that before we actually consider a few more passages that really begin to open up our eyes I would say in relationship to some other aspects of those walking worthy before God that is presented. Look with me there if you will in the book of Galatians again talking about this concept of you know walking worthy, walking worthy of those things that God has given us that he has accomplished that He has again shown us in His Will that we might be individuals who are not only interested in ourselves is as often is the case but those who are even interested in others, in loving others, in caring for others. One such place is found there, and this will certainly even be a discussion that we have later but there in Galatians 5, when he says walk in the spirit and he goes on to describe what that walk in the Spirit is all about nothing to do with sin or flesh but all to do with God and Holy and wondrous things. You see there again the importance of that walk, the importance of staying focused in those things of God, in pleasing our creator, in fully pleasing Him, and not about my own selfish thoughts and wants and desires. You see Christianity has never been about what is best for me it’s about what’s best for God. One of the outcomes of a faithful child is that we certainly benefit by many things that God gives us that then He will do all things for good and work all things to good in my life but still it’s about God. Do we understand that? Do we understand that the world doesn’t revolve around us, it revolves around our creator? Another passage I would like to briefl

y look at is found there in Ephesians 4 where he there challenges them if you will notice as a prisoner of the Lord he says to walk worthy of the calling with which they were called. You see this would include the concept of the call of Christ, the call that is for whom? For all, in fact John 3:16 says that Jesus died and that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life. So there is a call by God of and for salvation to come to God, to serve God, and to obey God and therefore are we going to walk worthy of it. You see it’s the same concept that we looked at back in Colossians, one who is walking worthy is focused on God, is focused on pleasing God, is focused on showing love to his God.

Another passage we would like to look at is found in the book of Thessalonians. Again, this one is quite significant in talking about the challenge that we have actually from God. That really pertains again to our daily actions and words, those things that we do whether we once again will be found as those who do what God says or not. But there if you will specifically look with me in the context that he considers of 1Thessalonians 2:13 right after he has talked about this need for a worthy walk notice what he says there, he says, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of god, which also effectively works in you who believe.” Now I don’t know if you notice that covers all of the things we just talked about in Colossians good works that works in you, the word of God, the knowledge, the information, the truth. Guess what these things pertain to? Guess what they help me to be as a Christian? Well, back up now if you will to verse 12, in verse 12 after reading verse 13 it says, “That you would walk worthy of God…” do what, “…walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.” Do you see what walking worthy is all about again? Do you see what the challenge is that the Church in Thessalonica was also given that they would be those individuals, brethren if you will chapter 2:1, who certainly are seeking the glory of God and not the glory of men as verse 6 indicates.

Again I’m afraid that far too often the world is satisfied with seeking their own glory or the glory of men, or the glory of a religion, or the glory of a denomination rather than the glory of God. But really even Jesus Himself said it best when He said that when we do the will of the Father it glorifies our Father in Heaven. Isn’t that what the worthy walk would be all about? Isn’t that what the examples we find throughout the scriptures would indicate to us? That we as those who walk worthy not only will be found justified by the love, grace, and mercy of God today on this earth but also blessed eternally. That is really where our lesson of the morning will end up in the book of Revelation as certainly the book of Revelation often deals with many concepts concerning final things. But early on in the book he is actually writing that is John the words of Jesus to be seven different churches of Asia minor and if you will think about there what is being said in chapter 3 and verse 4, he actually is addressing the church of Sardis. This is a church that was referred to as one that was dead, it was not really keeping up with the work that it needed to although it was doing some things that seemed to be perceived as good or right it was challenged to get its life right and to repent there in verse 3. But notice with me right after he tells them to repent because he knows that is they know that God is coming, notice what he says in verse 4, “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy.” What do you mean there is a need to be worthy in our walk with God? Notice they walk with Me and are worthy and what’s the outcome, white garments. What do you think they mean? White garments, purity. The idea of what heaven will be all about, the idea of being with God and enjoying the rewards of God.

You see our God loves us enough not only to give us the knowledge and the ability to know the truth all the truth unto salvation. But also to understand that if we obey His will we can walk worthy of His calling and as we walk worthy in this life we will be blessed. When we walk worthy in this life we also can receive the life eternal to come!

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CLOSING COMMENTS

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So, are you walking worthy before God that you may be found acceptable in His sight? Choose today to fully serve God and to do all things according to His Will! The reality is, Heaven will surely be worth it all!

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