THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 2-10-13
LESSON TITLE: “WALKING DAILY.”
David once proclaimed, “How sweet are Your words…, Sweeter
than honey to my mouth!” Words can certainly be wondrous and of great encouragement. That having been said, let me thank you for joining us for the Living Word Program. It is always a privilege to have you with us for this time of offering to God.
Today, we have the opportunity to worship and praise our God. So let’s 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.
It is time to begin our song of praise. Won’t you join in with the brethren at this time as we sing the song, “The Great Physician.”
(SONG # 1)
We all like to please others and to receive recognition for it. There is nothing sweeter to our ears than hearing someone say encouraging words about us, because of kind and good things which we have done or said! How big our heads often swell when we are rewarded for our kind deeds or good actions.
The only problem is, we often forget the one from who we should desire the greatest praise or acknowledgment - that being God! Throughout the Bible we read about how important it is that we please God. In fact, some things are clarified as being required, because without them we can not be pleasing to Him. Let’s consider what the Hebrew writer said in chapter 11:6. There we read, “but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Here we see that we can not please God without faith in Him.
Why then do we see so many who do not have a faith in God today, yet they claim to follow God? What is faith? In the same chapter, verse 1, we read, “now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Here we see that faith is something that is hoped for, that we really don’t have concrete evidence to support. What do we mean by concrete? This means something that is solid or can be held in the hand. For example, we have faith or a belief in God, but we have never actually seen God Himself.
You see this is the very essence of faith, that being able to believe in something despite the fact that we can’t see it or haven’t seen it with our own eyes. Another example which might help us to understand faith is when we think of a far away place like Africa. Now, most have never been there, but we have faith that it is there because we have those who have told us so - eye witnesses! Likewise, if we can’t believe in God without seeing him, then we can not please Him.
Another important aspect of this faith is love. In 1 Corinthians the thirteenth chapter, we see that here love is discussed. In the opening verse we read that we can have a great faith, so as to do great things, but without love it is worth nothing. In verse 13 of the same chapter, Paul summed it up in these words, “and now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Here we see that even greater than faith is love, so without love it would also be impossible to please our God. As you and I know - God is love! May we all remember how important it is to please God in our every day lives, for this is the will of our Creator!
This morning we will be concluding our series of lessons entitled, “That You May Walk Worthy Of The Lord.” Our specific topic today deals with, “Our Daily Walk.” So please stay with us through our next song and after that we will return with this study from God’s Word.
We are happy to again welcome brother Brent Green as our guest speaker. Brother Green is a full time instructor at the Bible Institute of Missouri. We thank him for joining us today.
Now it’s time to join in our second hymn of the morning, the name of the song, “The Last Mile Of The Way.”
(SONG # 2)
By Brent Green
What a privilege it is again to open God’s word and study it. In this series we have been dealing with walking; walking in the sight of God, walking before Him as His children, walking as He has called us to. So as we begin to bring all of these thoughts together we want to consider what it means to walk daily before God. Even more so how do we begin that walk with God and how do we continue that walk with God?
I want you to begin with me in the book of Luke, Luke 9, there in verse 23 we read the following words from our savior Jesus, He says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and his himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Jesus says here that if you want to be His disciple, if you want to follow Him, and walk after Him on a daily basis what do you have to do? You have to take up your cross daily and follow Him. You may have heard it described this way before that in the heart of every man there are two things there is a cross and there is a throne. As long as we sit on the throne of our hearts we continue to put Christ on that cross. It is only when we submit ourselves to Christ and take up our cross as He has called us to then and only then can He sit on the throne of our hearts to be our King to be our ruler as we submit to Him as one of His disciples.
So if you consider what it means to take up your cross daily think also about what Paul said there in Galatians 2:20, he said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me,” well think about that fact. Paul said, “…it is no longer I who live,” he had taken up his cross to live for Christ, he had denied himself, or put his own desires to death, or put them subordinate to those of the Will of the Father through Jesus Christ. He said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” That is the idea of walking daily in Jesus Christ following His plan, living a life according to His standard, taking up your cross to walk daily in His sight. So if we consider what it means to walk daily we have got to ask ourselves the question, well how do I take up my cross initially? How do I begin that walk with Christ? How do I become one of His disciples? The details there in Luke 9:23 tell us that we have got to take up our cross but what does that entail? What does it mean to become a follower of Christ and how do we do that? Consider three basic facts you have got to understand to begin this daily walk.
Think about the fact of what it says there in Romans 6:23, “The wages of sin is death.” We make choices in this life, some good and some bad, but when we choose sin it is that sin that separates us from God. “The wages of Sin is death,” meaning the payment, what will be the outcome of your lifestyle of sin that you choose to live? Death. It is that sin that separates one from God. But you know what? What we find there in 2Peter 3:9 gives us great hope, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God does not want a single person to die in sin; God does not want you do continue to be separated from Him because of your sin. God wants all men to repent, to have that change of heart that leads to a change of action in coming back to Him and doing what you are suppose to do in His sight; if you have never become a Christian if you have never began that daily walk with God. Well, the question again is how do I do that? Well, think about what Jesus said there in John 14:6 also, he said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Your sin separates you from God, God does not want you to perish He wants you to repent and come back to Him. How do you do that? You do that by following the way, Jesus way, you can have life by following the plan of Jesus Christ. That very plan that was paved for with His blood, that very plan that we find there in the New Testament, the very plan that He calls us to follow if we want to be those who are walking daily in His side as His disciples. How then again does one become a disciple of Christ? How then does one take up His cross daily? How then does one begin that Christian walk before God?
Well think about what we must do in His sight. There in John 14:15 Jesus simply said, “If you love Me keep My commandments.” If we are going to take up our cross we have got to look to God’s commandments, not the will of man, not the will of those of our own family parents or grandparents. We have to follow God’s will, it is His plan that saves not our plan and not the plan that someone else makes up. “If you love Me…” Jesus said, “…keep My commandments.” Well what are those commandments? Consider also Romans 10:17 as we answer this question of how do I become a follower of Christ, how do I take up my cross initially to become one of His disciples? Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” You look to that word where we learn about God’s commandments and where we learn about what He wants us to do to become one of His disciples. Think about also Ephesians 1:13, there it mentions those who, “…heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.” It is God’s word that gospel of salvation that brings salvation of man, that tells us we need to do to be saved, that shows us that saving plan. You see without God’s word we could not have salvation we look to that word, we see what He requires, we see His plan, and when we follow that plan we can have salvation. We can become one of the Disciples of Christ and we can become one who walks daily in the sight of God. Upon hearing that word you have got to take the next step. It does you no good to read the Bible and to hear it proclaimed if you don’t act upon what you hear, if you don’t have that belief as it would lead you to take that proper action. Think about with me what it says in Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him…” that is God, “…for he who comes to God must believe that He is…” that He exists, “…and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” If you are going to follow God’s plan to come to Him, to start that initial walk with Christ you have to believe that God is real, that He exists, that His promises are real, that He will indeed reward those who follow Him. You have to have that belief or as the Hebrew writer says that faith that pleases God.
Think about also other verse in the New Testament that would show us the necessity of needing to believe God’s word. Even the words there stated in John 6:69, the statement there that those there believed that Jesus Christ was the son of the living God. You have to believe that, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He is that anointed one, the Messiah who came according to the Old Testament Prophesy, that He lived a life, that He preached, He taught God’s word, then he revealed to us that saving plan, that He died on the cross for our sins. But He wasn’t overcome by death he arose the third day overcoming death itself giving us a way to overcome spiritual death. You have got to believe all that is contained there in the New Testament as Jesus Christ gave us those things.
But it is more than just belief it doesn’t stop there believing is one thing but you have to see the action in the heart of the one who would want to start that daily walk. I want you to see with me what the scripture says as we read together a passage from 2Corinthians. There in 2Corinthians 7 as you begin to read the word of God, as you begin to realize that you are not walking with Christ as you need to be, that your sin separates you from God; you believe the book that you read. What should that stir up within you? It is very similar to what Paul’s letter did as the Corinthians read it. 2Corinthians 7:8, Paul says, “For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do no regret it; though I did regret it. For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while. Now I rejoice, not that you are made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” Paul wrote a letter to the brethren there in Corinth and when they read it they were made sorry. There is a big difference between worldly sorrow and Godly sorrow. As you read God’s word, as you begin to believe what is written there, and you are understanding you are in sin that should produce within you a Godly sorrow. That is desire to want to change, a desire to come to God, a desire to follow all that He has given so that you can become one of Christ’s disciples. That is very different from the sorrow of the world. The sorrow of the world says I’m sorry I got caught, I wish I hadn’t got caught because now I have got to suffer the consequences and the punishments. But then once you suffer that consequence many times people go back to the same thing, they continue in that life of sin. That is not so for the one who would become a disciple of Christ. There is a lifestyle change you leave the sin, you leave that old life, you leave the old man because you understand that if you are going to be a follower of Christ if you believe all that which is written in the book that produces within you that Godly sorrow that leads to what? That leads to what we read there in verse 10 of 2Corinthians 7 that leads to repentance.
Repentance is that change of heart based upon what you have read, based upon what you believe that change of heart that leads to a change of action. That change of action has to be seen there you cannot continue in the same walk the walk of the world, the walk of darkness, the walk of Satan. You must begin a new walk as a new man, a new creature, Romans 6 that is seen in true repentance. Won’t you repent? It doesn’t stop there. Once you make that change as you decide to come to God you have got to be willing to make that confession both before God and man. Romans 10:10, it says, “With the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” With that idea consider with me also what John says there in 1John 4. 1John 4:15, we read the following, it says, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” There is necessity there it’s the requirement for one to become a follower of God initially, to be willing to confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Many were unwilling to make that confession the first century and many are still unwilling today to confess that very fact. That is what the Eunuch there in Acts 8 was willing to do, he said with His mouth before Philip as he was making his confession that he believed Jesus Christ was the Son of the living God. If you can’t do that Christ says He will deny you before the Father some day, if you are not willing to confess Him here on this earth.
But it doesn’t stop there. Consider with me further what you must do to become one of those that follow Christ to become one of His disciples. What we read there in Galatians 3:27 that all those who put Christ on in baptism have become His disciples, those who are washed there in the waters become those who have put on Christ. But I want you to see the imagery used in Romans 6 as Paul would write to the brethren there. As we began talking about what we must do to die to ourselves, to put ourselves on that cross that is to take up our cross daily so that Jesus can sit upon the throne of our hearts. Consider if you will with me what’s said there in Romans 6:1, here it reads, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” We have to die to the sin of this world, we have to die to the old man, we have got to put all of that behind us and be buried with Christ in baptism. And when we are buried with Christ in that watery grave our sins are washed away, we are forgiven by God, our sins are atoned for, and we rise out of those waters to walk in newness of life. When you rise out of those waters you have taken yourself off the throne of your heart, you have allowed Christ to be the King of your life, you have allowed Him to sit on that throne, and you have taken up your cross to follow Christ daily.
You know what happens when you are baptized into Christ and your sins are washed away? Acts 2:47, says the Lord adds to His church daily those who are being saved. It is God who adds you to His Church the body of the saved and that is how you become a disciple of Christ and that is how you take up your cross initially to become one of His followers. But you know what it is not just a one time thing, it is a lifestyle, it is a commitment to continue to take up that cross daily. Even there in the book of Acts, Acts 2, we see what those did there in that first century there in the book of Acts 2 as they followed that saving plan as we studied it just now from the scripture and what they did was not stop their Christian walk they continued it. There in Acts 2 specifically in verse 42, it says, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Also down in verse 46, again it says, “so continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.” They continued their walk with God; they continued their walk with Christ. We must continue ours. There in Revelation 2:10, if you are going to continue walking daily as a disciple in Christ after you become a Christian initially you have to continue that Christian walk. Revelation 2:10, the very end of that verse says, “…be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.” Literally there it is unto the point of death even if someone would require your life of you in this world you do not go back on Christ, you do not go back on God, be faithful unto the point of death.
If we are going to continue to take up our cross daily we have got to live that life daily, to be those who walk in the light daily, to be those who walk in the truth daily. John would talk about that in 1John 1 and in 2John. Make sure your daily walk with God continues as you live for Him each day. Take up your cross walk daily in this life.
(SONG # 3 - “There Is Sunshine In My Soul!”)
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