Dare I even approach the subject of walking with God? It seems to me that this is a subject that is so often thought to only be taught by the likes of priests, pastors and missionaries and a privilege reserved for this same group of people. On the other hand, the Bible tells us of such regular men who walked with God. Is it possible for regular ordinary me to walk with God? I say that and it seems ironic because over the years I have had many people ask me to pray for them because they felt that they were not “spiritual enough” to pray. However, the Bible says, “All men were made in His image and likeness.” (Genesis 1:27) God is spirit as are we. We are so comfortable with acting, feeling, thinking in the physical realm but, we are as much spirit as we are flesh. It’s about time for us to get in touch with our own spirit and the spirit of God. Let’s look at how these men of old, walked with God. What did it mean when they did this and how is it that we can connect our spirit with God in this present age? The topic of the Spirit of God seems to be one that is shrouded in mystery. I hope to demystify this relationship for those that want to know and want to engage with Father God in this way. I knew in the midst of my struggle to grasp this reality, that I struggled so much because I would better be able to explain the “how to” for someone else someday.
There are a few men in the Bible who are said to have walked with God. What exactly did they do? In Genesis chapter 5: 22-24, the scripture says repeatedly that Enoch walked in close fellowship with God. In Genesis 24: 40, Abraham declares to his servant that because he had walked faithfully with God, he could tell the servant some things about what God would do. He knew Him. Abraham’s faith in God was a result of spending time with God. I would say fellowship is just that…spending quality time with someone. God loves to spend time with us. Have you ever been walking with someone? If you have not, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite things to do when I lived in Los Angeles county was to meet up with a good friend of mine and go for a stroll around the beach or some other scenic area. It wasn’t so much about the location rather, about the fact that I was with my good friend. I trusted her, I enjoyed her company and we would often end up somewhere sharing experiences, feelings and our future plans. I cherished those moments and I periodically needed to have that time with my friend. Walking with God is kind of like that. I would suggest that if this still sounds a bit cryptic to you that you actually identify a good friend in your life and practice opening up with them as you take a walk. Then when you are ready to, do the same thing but, this time purpose in your heart to discuss those deep topics of your heart with God. Literally, have a conversation. I used to put on headphones so people would think I was singing. In time, you will learn to speak in your spirit and hear what is being said to you in your spirit. Spending quality time in fellowship opens the door.
The next matter that I know to be important to walking with God is obedience. In Genesis, chapter 6:9 there is a reference to Noah being righteous. Not only that but, he also walked in close fellowship with God. I would say, righteousness is to be godly…or God-like. How can I do that without to spending time getting to know God and then, to do what He does. If I am to emulate the character of God, I have to obey the wisdom and direction of God because I, and you, are really not that awesome. However, we all have access to the Awesome One! This was tough for me. The more I read scripture and went to Christian functions, the more I thought, this is too much effort. I can’t do this…I can’t wear that. I was caught up in religion and feeling confined by rules. I messed up…now I got one foot in hell. Where do we get this nonsense from? Romans 10:9-11, says that salvation belongs to those who confess Jesus as Lord, and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Disobedience doesn’t send us to hell but, it does offer us over to the consequences of that sin. Sometimes the consequences are physical but, almost always results in distancing ourselves from God. These are the times in our lives that we may not consciously seek fellowship or direction from God. Really, we start walking away and stop listening when we don’t want to obey. We end up only hurting ourselves because we stop letting the All-Knowing Spirit of God guide us.
The natural outcome of continuous fellowship with God is gratitude. I find that people who choose to spend quality time with God and obey His guidance, have more joy than those that don’t. We recognized and are grateful for all the messes that God has helped us to avoid. We recognize and are grateful for every good thing that comes our way. Sometimes these are things that we didn’t even earn or seek, they just come. You know a sincere thank you goes a long way. Simply being appreciated often is its own reward. I will bend over backward to help someone who has a good attitude but the ingrate…nope! I’m not saying God will leave us hanging when we are ungrateful but, I am saying that He likes to be appreciated as much as you do. To say thank you is to acknowledge the relationship between us and the fact that something (a gift) came to you from someone (a giver). When you are walking around with a grumbly, ungrateful disposition that is a good indicator that your fellowship with God is lacking. You might need to do a spirit check and plan some intentional time getting connected with God.
When you need a spirit check or, even when you don’t really, the habit of worship creates an atmosphere that the Spirit of God love’s to linger in. (Psalm 22:3) Go in your room or some place you have to yourself and worship. If you can’t sing, not to worry…you can play a worship CD or, something that I was taught, that I absolutely love is listening to soaking music. I prefer to do this at night but, it’s a great habit to have in the early hours of the morning as well, before other issues of the day cloud the mind. I will put some reference sites on the end of this blog so you know what I am talking about. These prayers and music instantly take my mind to a place of connection with God. Some people meditate on a scripture, or sing the scripture. You can even sing a new song (Psalm 96:1) from your heart to God’s heart. For me, I have realized that I can’t worship God and “other things” in the same place. Having a certain place in my home where I establish as a place to worship helps me not to worship other things, things that may cause me to become disobedient. My obedience brings unexpected blessings, which in turn sparks my gratitude. It’s all sort of connected actually.
The bottom line is that relationship is everything. Our connection spirit to spirit with God is the most important relationship that we will ever have. Fellowship…walking with God takes intentional effort but, it really is life. When we come to this realization, we want to spend time with God spirit to spirit often, we want to obey because He knows what’s good for us and we want to make the effort to get into His presence just because we enjoy one another’s company. It seems like this is just part one of this discussion. There are deep and personal things God wants to share with you and I. As always, I welcome your comments on this blog or you can send me a private message on the “send me a message” page.