THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 8-13-06
LESSON TITLE: "WALKING WITH GOD: WALKING WITH THE FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT"
God has blessed us with another wondrous Lord's day morning and how glorious it is that we can join together at this time in the things of Christ. Thank you so much for taking part this day in our worship to God and we welcome you to this time of service before our God!
As most of you know, we will have the privilege of praising God in a variety of ways this morning. We will join together in song, we will study from God's matchless Word, and we will approach His almighty throne in prayer. I hope that we all will do our part to make every offering this day pleasing to God and acceptable in His sight. With this in mind, let's bow before the Father's throne in prayer!
I hope you are ready to sing, because it's time to lift our voices up before God. So won't you join together in the first song of the day. The name of the hymn, "Purer In Heart."
Perseverance is a difficult thing for all of us, especially in the day and time in which we live. When there are so many opportunities around us to have things, we often fall victim to our own desires and forget to put God first. Every time we go to the mall or into a store we see something we like and want. It doesn't matter that we already have something similar - we want the latest or the newest versions. Every time we drive down the road we see a car or a house we like better than what we have.
It is because of all of these earthly things that I say we have a difficult time today persevering and accomplishing what we need to for God. How easy it must be for the Devil to put stumbling blocks in our way when so many things are made today to appeal to our fleshly desires.
Perseverance is a Biblical topic. In fact, in 2 Peter 1:5-7, we see that Peter includes perseverance among the Christian virtues one must have to be pleasing to God. How can we then know that perseverance is something we are commanded to do? Let's look at what Peter goes on to say in verses 8 and 9 of the same passage, "For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins." Paul also confirms the need for perseverance when he said, "...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope," Romans 5:3-4.
Furthermore, in James 5:11, we are again reminded of our discussion this morning, as we read of an example which James used to help in understanding perseverance. The verse says, "Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." Who had greater perseverance than Job? He was a greatly blessed servant of God who lost everything at the hands of the devil. However, Job was able to persevere and remain faithful through the entire ordeal. Are we able to do the same? OR, when things start getting tuff do we just give in and fall away. When temptations seem to attractive to us, do we accept them and worry about the consequences later? We need to be more like Christ, learning to endure, and persevere no matter what may come.
Finally, in the book of Revelation chapter 2, and verse 10 we see our concluding thought on perseverance this morning. There John says, "...Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." What greater picture of perseverance do we have than this? If we will remain faithful to the Work of the Lord which is before us, then we will receive the crown which we all long for. The faithfulness which John describes here is a daily walk, until our time of death. God expects nothing more and nothing less, if we are to be found faithful in His sight. Will you persevere in your service to the Lord? Will you persevere in that service until your last breathe? If we will take it one day at a time, with God by our side we can do all things.
Our lesson of the day will again focus on series entitled, "WALKING WITH GOD." The specific topic of the day is, "Walking With The Father, Son, And Holy Spirit!" So I encourage you to stay with us this morning, and in just a few minutes I will be leading our thoughts together in this study from God's Word.
But for now, let's return to our songs of praise as we join together in the second hymn of the day. The name of the song, "Sinners Jesus Will Receive"
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Ray Sullins
Thank you for staying with us and now we will continue our discussion on "Walking With God."
Certainly we can go back to the scriptures in the Old Testament. As we saw last week, we can see many who walked with God. More specifically, I would like to begin today with Abraham as we look back in Genesis chapter 18. I find it interesting there in Genesis 18 because Abraham literally walked with God. You might recall the story there when the Lord as well as two angels came to Abraham and were with him there and they ate with him and stayed with him there that day and discussed with him about the fact that he would have a son. Also, the time when Sarah laughed. If you also though read on, we learn about that this is a time when the Lord goes on and talks to Abraham about the fact that the city of Sodom will be destroyed knowing that Abraham's nephew is there, Lot. So certainly, Abraham was concerned.
So when we talk about walking about walking with God, we have begun to learn that certainly we are talking about a spiritual or a figurative type thing that shows our faithfulness to God. But imagine, imagine a literal walk with God. Imagine the effect that it would have to be in the presence of Almighty God Himself as Abraham was.
Not just Abraham but I would that you would turn with me over to the book of Exodus. In the book of Exodus chapter 33, we again learn something here about Moses, a man again who knew God, a man that the scriptures say spoke with God face to face as a friend, God spoke with Moses. But you might recall there when he went up on the mountain in Exodus chapter 33 and it was there that he obviously had been receiving the law from God. But it also was there when he began to speak with God about the fact that he needed their presence. In other words, Moses said, "God, we need your presence. You must be with us or we will not go. We have no reason to go unless you're by our side." So here we see the idea of God going or walking with them. But then it is also the place where Moses requested that God allow him to see His face. If you'll notice there certainly he says, "Please show me your glory," in verse 18. God tells him there in the following verse, verse 19, "No man has ever seen My face, but I will hide you in the cleft of the rock and as I pass by, I will remove My hand and you will see My glory." Well, I find this is a very, very interesting story because here again Moses walking with God, but yet not only that but in the presence of God. I want you to notice the effect that that had there in Exodus 34 because when he came down off the mountain, it says that, "His face shone." And in verse 30 of that text, it says that, "They were afraid him." Wow! Imagine here being in the presence of God and then being so magnified and of yourself from His glory and illuminated that it was hurting the eyes of Aaron and the Israelites to even look upon Moses. Well, do you see the effect that being around God had? Do you see the effect of being around One that is so wondrous and holy and magnificent? Do you see how that...? In fact, eventually there in the text, we go on in chapter 34 to read that Moses began to have to veil his face because it was so bright that he would veil his face so that when people would be around him, but yet not speaking with him that it would not effect them because it was so bright from being in the presence of God.
Now that's what our discussion is about this day, walking with God and how that the effect of being with God really has in our lives. What does it do to us? It changes us. It causes us to illuminate. It makes me to be a person that no longer is just about myself and what people can see about who I am, but what it causes is other people to see God in me. You see, that's the presence of God in the believer. And so when we look back to stories such as last week where we began and we look at great men in the Bible like Enoch there in Genesis chapter 5, a descendent of Seth, and when we look at men such as Noah, the great grandson there, and when we look there in chapter 6 and we find out that Noah was righteous. He was alone in his time, favorable in the eyes of God. Verse 8 says, "He found grace in God's eyes." But then I want you to notice with me verse 9. It says there, "Noah was a just man." Genesis 6 and verse 9, "Noah was a just man." He was perfect. He was complete and blameless in his generation, and thus he was considered to walk with God. You see, when we talk about walking with God in our discussion today and as we understand that walking with God and what it means and walking with the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the fullness of God, all of God, walking in God means that we are effected and changed and that no longer do they see my characteristics or my worldliness or the flesh coming through me, what they see is God. What they see is a desire to be just, to be discerning that which is right and wrong according to the Will of God, to be not only just but to be one here who is blameless or perfect in the eyes of God, and furthermore to be one who is continually seen as receiving the grace of God.
Well, it wasn't just Noah, but also Job. Job is another character I would like to look at briefly because in Job chapter 1 and verse 1, we don't read here that he walked with God, but we know that he did and we know that he did because of the type of man, the presence, what he illuminated and what God said about him shows us his faith. You know, I have always said and mentioned before on the program that we speak much more in our lives and in our actions of what is real and true than just the things we say. When people see God in me, think about how much more powerful that is than me just speaking about God. Well that's Job. He doesn't say that Job walked with God, but how do we know that he did? Read verse 1 with me. It says that, "Job was a man that was blameless. Job was a man that was upright and he was one that feared God and shunned evil." Four things there. He was blameless. He was without spot. Everything he did was about God or at least Godly and he wasn't interested in portraying or doing anything that was contrary to God. He also was one who was upright. He was righteous. He was striving to do again that which was proper or just in the eyes of God, and there it says that "he feared God," which means what? You're going to keep His commandments. And then finally there the idea of shunning evil. He stayed away from that which would keep him from being righteous and blameless and upright and a God-fearing man. Now how do we know that it was true? Not just because of the writer, but notice what God said about job in the same text if you'll drop down with me to about verse 6. It says that it was in the day that he begins to speak now with Satan and as he is speaking with Satan, he asked him to consider his servant Job. In verse 8 he goes on to say, "Have you considered my servant, Job. There is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil." Now how do we know Job walked with God? Because he lived the life that showed it. He spoke in a way that showed forth God. He lived in a way that showed forth God. Everything he did, every fiber of his being was about God's purpose and at least being acceptable in His sight. Are we like that? Are we to the point in our walk with God that we are walking with God so much that we begin to understand that what we are saying here, that what people begin to see in us is not so much our earthly nature, but as the Hebrew writer, as the Colossian writer, as Paul and so many others tell us in the New Testament the spiritual man, the godly man, the heavenly man that is God's, that illuminates God, that shines forth, that is so bright that it almost needs to be veiled it effects the world so much. Have you been that type of Christian that the world says, "Man put a veil on because you're too religious." Well, when that happens what a great thing. What a wondrous day. What a glorious day when we illuminate God in such a way.
As we consider that, I want you to understand with me the representation of God. When we say, "Walking with God," when we say that we are those who illuminate God and that we are showing forth for Christ and for the Father and for the Holy Spirit, what do we know about this scripturally? We know that the Bible tells us that "walking with God" means all three persons of the godhead. You might recall with me there in the book of Romans the actual mention of what often in our day and time is referred to as "the Trinity" which means the "three in one." But there in Romans chapter 1 you might notice with me and read in verse 20 where it says that, "From the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead so that they are without excuse." Here we see the concept, the idea of the Deity of God, the godhead, what makes up God. Well, we know. We know the Father. We know the Father says, "I will send My Son, Jesus Christ, My only begotten Son," John 3:16. We know that Jesus said in John 14 as well as through chapter 16, "I will pray that the Father send (who?) the comforter, the helper, the Holy Spirit," also God. The same God that Annanias and Saphira in Acts 5 lied against. They lied to God, the Holy Spirit. You see, when we walk with God, we are walking with the Father just as Noah and Abraham and Moses and Job and others that we have mentioned. They walked with God and they knew God as Father God. But that's not all because we've learned the full revelation. We have all knowledge revealed to us and we know that God is not only the Father, but God is the Son.
Where can we learn about that? Turn with me if you will to the book of Colossians. In there the letter to the Colossi church, Paul here is speaking about Jesus Christ, the part of God that also reveals to us a walk, a need to walk according to God. There if you will in chapter 2, verses 6 beginning, we find that it says this, "And therefore having received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk in Him." If you've received Him, if you've obeyed Him, if you've become faithful, walk in Him. And not only that but it goes on to say, "Rooted and built up in Him and established in faith..." (That's what we talked about last week) "...as you have been taught, abound in it with thanksgiving and beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophies or empty deceit according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ." Hear verse 9, "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the godhead bodily." What do we learn about that? Jesus Christ in the flesh. The body came and represented what? The fullness of the godhead. And what must we then do? Walk in Christ. Walk in the Father. Verse 10 continues on. How do we represent the fullness of the godhead and the body? "You are complete in Him who is the head of all principalities and power." Who is the head? Jesus Christ. The very son of God, God Himself, Deity. So yes, we walk in Christ. We walk in God the Father.
We also want to include the Spirit because scriptures talk about the Spirit. If you'll turn there a few books back to Galatians chapter 5, what is it that Paul is talking about to the Galatian church? He says that we must walk in the what? Verse 16, "Walk in the Spirit," and that is talking about with an article, the Spirit, God's Spirit. Walk in the Spirit. And if we do, we won't fulfill the lust of the flesh. He says that there is two options: Walking in the world, or walking with God. Walking in flesh or walking in righteousness. Don't walk in the flesh or unrighteousness, but rather walk in God, the Spirit. Then he goes on there if you might notice to say that there are things that are involved in walking in the Spirit, good and wondrous and righteous things. But yet, there are things that are contrary. Walking in the flesh. One will receive the crown of righteousness, eternal life. The other will be lost. I want you to notice down in verse 24 where it says there, "And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh and its passions that they might (do what?) live in the Spirit." Verse 25, "Therefore, let us also walk in the (what?) Spirit." Walk in the Spirit. Brethren, when we walk in God and people see God in us, they must see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and it is that then that illuminates from us so that people can see the fullness of God in our lives, that they might know that we are walking in the attributes of God, the characteristics, that they might know that we are walking in all respects just as God commands, that we might be fully pleasing in His sight. Just as we read there in Ephesians chapter 5, "We must walk in love. We must walk in the light. We must walk in wisdom."
These are all ideas that we will come to during our series in understanding what a true walk with God means. But what does it really mean? What did we learn today? That a true walk with God means (that) I walk with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and that that illuminates in this world and people know me as a child of God for I am blameless, striving to be upright, trying to do everything that I can that is according to His Will and His Will alone so that in the end not only will I be saved eternally, but on this earth, I will be known as His child and receive every blessing that He has promised.
Are you one who is walking with God? Have you walked with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Are you doing today what your God commands in order that you will receive the blessings now as well as eternal life in the end?
(SONG # 3 - "Stepping In The Light")
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