What's in mean to walk with God
7.16.15 What does it mean to walk with God?
Got questions.org says: There are several people described as “walking with God” in the Bible, beginning with Enoch in Genesis 5:24. Noah is also described as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9). Micah 6:8 gives us a glimpse into God's desire for us: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Walking with God is not an activity reserved for a select few. God desires all of His children to walk with Him.
What happens when we walk with someone? Imagine that you and a close friend are enjoying a walk down a country lane. You are in close proximity. You talk, laugh, listen, and share your hearts. Your attention is focused on this person to the exclusion of almost everything else. You notice the beauty around you or an occasional distraction, but only to point it out to your companion. You share it together. You are in harmony, and you both enjoy the peaceful camaraderie.
Walking with God is like that. When we enter into an intimate heart relationship with God through faith in His Son (Hebrews 10:22), He becomes our heart's greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing His voice, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our all-consuming focus. He becomes everything to us. Meeting with Him is not an activity reserved for Sunday morning. We live to fellowship with Him. A. W. Tozer states that the goal of every Christian should be to "live in a state of unbroken worship." This is only possible when we walk with God.
Just as walking with a close friend requires saying "no" to many other things, so walking with God requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction. If you were on a walk with a friend, but you brought a kazoo and played it the whole time, the walk would not be satisfying for either of you. Many people attempt to walk with God, but they bring along kazoo-like habits, sins, worldly entertainments, or unhealthy relationships. They know these things are not God's choice for them, but they pretend everything is fine. The relationship is not satisfying to either of them. To walk with God means that you and God are in agreement about your life. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3, KJV). To walk with God means you have aligned your will with His and seek every day to consider yourself "crucified with Christ" (Galatians 2:20). You don't have to be perfect, as none of us are (Romans 3:10). But your heart's desire is to be pleasing to God, and you are willing to let His Spirit conform you to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
When the Bible speaks of "walking," it often refers to a lifestyle. We can walk in the ways of the world as well (2 Kings 8:27; Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:7). In the New Testament, walking with God is often called "walking in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4). To walk with God means we choose to glorify Him in every way we can, regardless of personal cost. And there is a cost. Walking with God also means we cannot also walk with evil people as companions (Psalm 1:1-3). We choose the narrow road over the broad way to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). We don't live to please our sinful flesh (Romans 13:14). We seek to eliminate from our lives everything that does not enhance our walk with Him (Hebrews 12:2). We apply 1 Corinthians 10:31 literally: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." God’s ways are reflected in our thoughts, our actions, our motivations, and our life choices because we spend so much time with Him.
It is not difficult to identify people who walk with God. Their lives are a stark contrast to the world around them, like stars in a nighttime sky (Philippians 2:15). They produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) rather than the fruit of fleshly desire (Galatians 5:19-21). In Acts 4:13 Peter and John had been arrested for preaching and were brought before the authorities. "The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus." When we walk with God every day, the world cannot help but recognize that, in spite of our imperfections and lack of knowledge in some areas, we have been with Jesus.
When we walk with God, we are not walking ahead of God, meaning walking ahead of His revealed will and where He desires we should go. Walking with God also means that we are not walking behind God or lagging behind God’s revealed will for us. When we walk with God, it means we are in step with Him, we are going to make the right turns, head in the right direction, and since we are walking with God, it is easier to fellowship with Him. This makes Amos 3:3 make more sense since it says “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
The original Hebrew meaning for walked implies that Enoch went to and fro with God, continually conversing with him and growing closer to him. In him, we see a new kind of believer. He walked arm in arm every day with the Lord – the Lord was his very life — so much so that at the end of his life, he did not taste death but was translated out of life (Heb 11:5). Like Enoch, those who walk closely with God are translated out of Satan's reach — taken out of his kingdom of darkness and put into Christ's kingdom of light (Col 1:13).
Light along the journey website says: First, to walk with God means to follow Him. Twenty times the Bible records Jesus uttering these two words: Follow Me. If my life is focused on God, then I will be looking toward Him, as Jesus looked to the Father, to sense where He is moving in the world, to know the path of love, the path of obedience, and sometimes the path of suffering He would want me to take. If I am to walk with God I must endeavor to follow Him.
Second, to walk with God means to be shepherded by Him. Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved pieces of sacred poetry, and for good reason. We all have a desire to be led by still waters; we all must pass through the valley of the shadow of death. To go through the good and bad of life, the blessing and the trial, with a loving Shepherd by my side is precious indeed. But as the prophet once spoke, just like a sheep I am prone to wander off the path, and I must purpose to focus on God and let Him shepherd me.
Third, to walk with God means to abide in Him. The night before He died Jesus took great pains to explain to his disciples the mystery of abiding in Him, and how vital it would be to their lives. Just as a branch is created to draw life and vitality from the vine, my spiritual life and vitality comes only from Christ. I cannot walk with God without the practice of abiding in Him.
Lastly, to walk with God means to see Him as the goal and destination of my journey. There is a reason why mystics throughout the ages have used a labrynith as a spiritual exercise. To walk through a labrynith is to encounter many twists and turns and seeming changes in direction, and yet to know there will be an end to the journey within the center, and that every step taken will have actually been a step toward that blessed center. So it is with life. Though my steps be many, and often seemingly take me away from my goals, I can look toward God as my center and my destination. I can rest secure that my journey will surely lead me to Him.
So let's all start walking closer to God, we can walk with a friend and have a relationship so why can't we do the same with God, I know sometimes people must think I'm really crazy because I go down the street and I'm singing God's praises and enjoying myself. I always feel at my best when I'm concentrating on God. If you don't spend time with God even if it's just walking down the street and enjoying the beauty that He has made, then go out today and take it all in.
God I come to you thinking you for the times I spend with you. I want to worship and praise you and you alone. I know I fail you and I am really sorry for those times. Please forgive me in those times. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen