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December 1, 2020 2:00 am
Oftentimes we can move too fast in life, but it's good to slow down and evaluate our priorities. In the message "Enoch: Fact-Checking Your Walk," Skip encourages you to get back to the essentials to strengthen your spiritual walk.
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Like to ally with God please God walk with God. That's simplicity. I love the walk with God is different from jog with God or a chat with God uniquely visit with God is go have a weekly hour with God walk with God is consistent daily 24 seven strong spiritual life often make it more complicated than it needs to be today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip share so getting back to the essentials of your faith can give you a simplified but powerful walk with God at the end of today's program Skip and his son Nate sure about some ways you can clutter your life to cultivate your relationship with God like a prayer walk. I just sort of talking things out with the Lord helps me to just bring life down to its irreducible minimum. The other thing I would add is be honest with God just wanted tell him everything you're feeling because he knows everything about you anyway thanks Skip if you want to hear more. Please stay tuned after the teacher now want to tell you about a great resource that will help you tap into a deeper faith and more meaningful prayer life, Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China said it is possible to move men through God by prayer alone and down to other nine books on prayer said God shapes the world by prayer, the more praying.
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We get a little insight into pre-flood spirituality they hang with me on this one. This is pre-flood spiritual. This is antediluvian spirituality. And if you if you go back and if you just think what would really early spirituality look like Old Testament spirituality. Some people involved Old Testament Scotty harsh and legalistic and a whole bunch of rules and sacrifices no spirituality in its earliest years was just walking with God that's simple.
God was a companion with them what it says about Adam and Eve in the garden, God walked with them in the cool of the day. Don't you love that I take a walk early in the morning. I like to walk a few miles a day I get up really early and it's cool of the day and always think about what I'm working with you in the cool of the day. This is cool and so that's the idea. Early spirituality just hanging out with God daily intimate communion with God. That's how spirituality was defined in in the earliest revelations of same thing. Also in the book of Genesis with Noah in Genesis chapter 6 we are told the Lord saw the wickedness of man that was great in the earth that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Verse eight but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Verse nine this is the genealogy of no one novel was a just man, perfect in his generations. No law walked with God. Noah walked with God. There it is again also with Abraham. Genesis 17 the Lord appeared to Abraham and said to him I am Almighty God.
Walk before me and be blameless in Genesis 24.
Abraham sends out a servant to find a bride for his wife the Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and prosper your way. Same language. It's just so beautiful and stripped-down, and it's the essentials of water relationship with God is, what is it like to relate with God please God walk with God. That's simplicity. I love that you see a walk with God is different from jog with God or a chat with God or a weekly visit with God. Let's go have a weekly hour with God walk with God is consistent daily 24 seven. He let them in on everything you are walking with them you're always in his present silica radio playing in the background you you know the tune manager your part of the tune.
So again I want to turn this around you personally. What about you are you walking with God. That is, are you living to please him with that be your legacy that you are pleasing him because here's what you have to realize God does not exist to serve you. The universe is not some cosmic playground where you are here now and here here to discover who you are and your uniqueness know you are here to find out who God is and to live to glorify him. And when you do, that's when you find out who you are and what he can do through you. Revelation chapter 4 sums it up. The anthems of heaven. The people in heaven and the beings in heaven say, for thy pleasure. All these things were created, Jesus said, I always do those things that please him. Paul said in second Corinthians 5 we make it our aim, whether present or absent to be well pleasing to the Lord, we tell you why this is so crucial and why it is really the irreducible minimum rent.
Pleasing God becomes the determining factor for your life.
Everything else is easy when pleasing God becomes the determining factor for all all events. It is for the decisions in your life. Life becomes these would God do what would God have me do. What is the Lord's will in this when everything is sort of comparative bad as the standard. Everything becomes easy and what Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and everything else will be added to you. All you have to do is seek his kingdom. Look for his glory live to please him would walk with him. The rest will just fall into place. All you have to do.
It's that simple live to please walk with them. George Mueller, one of my heroes in the faith, said 90% of the difficulties in life are overcome. When our hearts are ready to do the Lord's will, whatever it may be less the disposition of our heart.
What I don't exactly know what your will is, but whatever. I find it out to be that I'm going to do tonight are looking to please him that fact checking your spiritual life.
Are you fact checking your faith let it be that simple, walk with him on the live to please send us a legacy of V-neck he please God walked with God, then we are left with 1/3 and that is the lessons of V-neck.
We looked at his life and his legacy. Now there's a couple lessons that the author is playing off of in the next couple of verses are next.
The last verse allows next couple of sentences.
Hebrews chapter 11 verse six he says, but without faith it's impossible to please him.
So here's to meta-faith Abel and V-neck look at their faith. Here's a guy who entered into faith that's able. Here's a man who walked in faith that scenic and NET springs off of that, he says, but without faith it's impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is number one and number two that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek to those of the lessons of V-neck the other way to please God is faith walk with God, you have to first come to God to come to God, you have to first believe God to believe God have to first believe in God, right, that's the starting point. You have to believe that he is, that doesn't mean that I just believe there is a supreme being up there name God or there's some being under what is called because a lot of it was all I believe in God. I believe God exists. The idea of the what the author of Hebrews is saying is you have to believe in the right God stipulated that sends again the emphasis there is on the word he without faith it is impossible to please him. He who comes to God must believe that he is you have to believe that the God of the Bible is the real God that this God is the right God the real God. A lot of people so I look for God. I've never found immune summaries 08. What about if his atheist can find a list of atheist can't find God, usually not always, but I found often for the same reason.
Police criminals can find placement pelican form were not looking for me.
Don't find him if you seek him. The Bible says you will find him there are answers and they will lead you to God, the right God so you have to believe the God who is God, and who is that God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Old Testament and the New Testament is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Trinitarian God of father son and Holy Spirit. You have to believe in the right God and come to the right, God, I used to work in the medical field before I became a pastor and I remember working at a local hospital in California called Westminster Hospital didn't even exist anymore but is a little hospital and I was called I was on call that night in the radiology department and a woman came in on the gurney a little bit and she had, she was nervous she did know was wrong with her and that she had a stack of books. Jesse was funny because one was on Buddhism as Christianity. One was all the different religions and psych.
She wanted to say I believe but I don't know what I believe in but I'm sort of covering all my bases and so it was a really good opportunity for me to just engage in a conversation so if a lot of these books were you reading what what what piques your interest. I'm sitting comparative religions and I'm nervous and I'm praying and crying out to every Chino. She said every expression, and so on. But it was really great to find out where she was coming from and to draw her toward the Lord during that evening so that someone believe that he is yet to believe in the light God number two not just believe in God, actually, but to believe in God personally. There is a personal God that he is a rewarder it says of those who diligently seek him. In other words, God is personal God will reward God will provide salvation to anyone who seeks that's the idea of this verse only a personal God can reward. By the way, only Christianity shows God as a rewarder. There's a lot of religions that show God as a punisher, a cosmic policeman but our God shows that God is a God of judgment.
But he is a rewarder one who blesses and provides those who diligently seek him only a personal God can reward a force cannot reward a higher power cannot reward and a great uncaused cause cannot reward only a personal God can reward just like when my puppy does something and I reward him or when a child is something in a pair reward chimp you to. It takes a person and God is personal. Proverbs 8 verse 17 I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently will find me that Scott is a rewarder Jeremiah 2913 you will seek me and you will find me when you seek for me with all your heart, that's God as a rewarder. David knew that inside a young Solomon his son first Chronicles 28. Nine.
If you seek him, he will be found by you, so we come to Ghana faith believe that God exists, but you believe in the right God the God of the Bible and you believe that is a personal God, because when you seek him, he will provide salvation for you and you will enter into a relationship with him or you can walk with God's personal did you know that Albert Einstein believed in.your people think he's the smartest guy ever.
He believed in God, but Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal God. Einstein said and I quote, certainly there is a God that's Einstein smart guy.
Certainly there is a God. Any man who doesn't believe in a cosmic force is a fool set Einstein but he concluded by saying, but we could never know him." He said. And I believe in God but God is unknowable. God is not personal. He's wrong on that account. Smartest guy in the world is dead wrong. God is not only somebody you can know God or somebody you can please you can walk with.
He is personal and is active in the life of his creation. So to say that God doesn't exist is fake news to say that God is not personal and active is also fake news. That's what you need to fact check.
God is not aloof.
God is not distant.
You don't believe in a deistic God. God wound things up and assert a step back and why I've read my blood. What people say guy that theologians yeah you know God didn't even know coronavirus was, that same coronavirus is God or the devil is God or somebody else or something else is God. To say that God is sovereign God is everything in control and it's fake news to say God doesn't exist. It's fake news to say God is not active in God is not personal.
He is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek so ask yourself, are you seeking God. Are you walking with God could not describe it. I could you actually say yet that that sums my life up. I'm a person who walks with God. I'm walking with maybe would be more appropriate to say you're not walking your your casually meandering with God aimlessly bumping around here and there, but not walking with. I read an article that was interesting.
That said 87% of Americans own running shoes, but don't run. I wonder how many Christians are Bibles who don't walk. He walked with God. 300 years is that simple intimate consistency with God. I read a story a little article about this fully in Africa called jiggers. It's in South America, Central America and sub-Saharan Africa and I forget the scientific name, but these are little bugs that they get in them due to animals and people, and usually around their toenails. Her feet and was so what they do is they burrow themselves into the skin and they lay eggs and the eggs hatch And out when they when they hatch they grow and when the growing infection sets in, and that creature becomes unable to walk one traveler said that he was in Africa and saw a tiger so infected with these jiggers these fleas. It's Paul became so swollen it couldn't move or defend itself get that picture in your mind child about can't move can't defend itself is something that has crept into your life burrowed its way into your life into your spiritual walk. Some distractions let the Lord pull those away during this time.
Maybe you can't walk well enough so unique becomes a great example of a fact check. Don't complicate your life with God. Let it become down to just a life of faith where I walk with God every day just to please him. That simple walk with God and be free to lead us in a word of prayer. But I know that I'm speaking to somebody who have not been as not begun a walk with God.
Yet here you are tuning in and I'm glad you are you watching on a computer screen or by television, are you listening by radio or maybe you have come to church before. Maybe a lot may be sort of like you own running shoes, but you don't run you have a Bible you don't lock not walking with the Lord and outliving the police and listen back and change it can change right now on this Wednesday night or whenever you're seeing this archive service you can have a personal relationship with God so that your life is transformed, he gives you joy.
But then you live to please him, and the joy just gets more joyful gets better and better and better was alive walk with the Lord for a number of years and 11 not always been wonderful but the Lord's been wonderful they've been hard times a been wonderful time.
Good times and I have not always been as consistent as I want to tell you what it's real today as it was the – Jesus into my heart. He changed me and he's continuing to change me he brings me a sense of peace and purpose as well as joy and hope you can have that us not just religious talk is not just church talk all else were they say, when the music is playing and he's got about listen it's real water know for sure. We'll never know it's real you'll die not knowing it's real. Unless you try him like the man walked up to a and 80 as it was spout not what God doesn't exist and he walked up to the front of an auditorium and he was speaking and started peeling an orange and eating in front of the crowd in front of the speaker and he shouted up to the speaker set limit should question the orange that I'm eating is a sweet or sour and the speaker said I don't know what a stupid question. How would I know that it goes.
You'd never know it unless you tried. And you'll never know how sweet Jesus is. Until you try him you got on receive the gift menu got you appeal it open. You gotta take up buying you a taste and see the Lord is good because he is good to gotta make a personal you want to do that. Do it right now say this prayer mean it from your heart to the Lord alone and I'm a sinner. I admitted I know that. Forgive me if I believe in Jesus. I believe in you. God I believe in the God of the Bible. I believe you sent Jesus to this earth to pay for my sins to be raised victoriously from the grave and he lives right now. I turn for my pass.
I repent of my sin. I turn to Jesus as my Savior.
I want to follow him as my Lord, I want to walk with him liking every day of my life.
Help me to do that to keep it simple to keep it real. In Jesus name, amen Skip Heitzigs message from the series to present prayer love to talk with you. Just give us a call 800-922-1880 800-922-1880 Ellis hit into the studio with Skip innate as they share about some ways you can de-clutter your life to cultivate your relationship with God. Today we study the life of Enoch and how he walked with God and we can often add things to our life that complicate her relationship with the Lord. Skip water, subtract the ways that you've been able to simplify your walk God you were really good at complicating life, God is Artie simplified her relationship think of a God is independent and transcendent, and yet he says all you need to do to come into relationship with me is an act of faith to believe repentance and faith so apart from that early on as a Christian I did things sort of stripped my life of complications like for instance I used to when I was single go camping a lot with the backpack describe the woods out in the desert on the wilderness and just hang out with the Lord with my Bible and water, maybe a little food or just what if I was fasting, but I really wanted to get in touch with God, and I remember intentionally just losing all the stuff in life and then on a more modern level. I actually like to take walks with God. I like to walk sometimes in the area where I live and then talk to God, sometimes out loud, sometimes privately, but like a prayer walk. I just sort of talking things out with the Lord helps me to just bring life down to its irreducible minimum. The other thing I would add is be honest with God. You just wanted tell him everything you're feeling because he knows everything about you anyway so why not just spill your guts, so good. What a good reminder of always been reminded of people to treat God like a friend.
He is a friend to do things with him that you do with a friend taking a walk with God camping with God talking to God now that we realize the personality that God has grown more in touch in relationship with him. In fact, I remember when I was dating your mom that she would tell me a story that she would sometimes make dinner and sit down alone, but have a table set for Jesus like she was cooking dinner for him and she would just talk out loud I thought okay that's a little odd, but it's really cool at the same time.
I just love the idea of that relationship is a great way to get out of a person you want to be sorry. I got God make thanks Tiffany well the conversation encourage the right now is how you handle these teachings is not coming to others by connecting them to Jesus. Just call 800 962 892 for the connect/donate.com/standing to them again tomorrow.
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