For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.
The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 5/10/2006
ARTICLE: Walking With God
May 10, 2006
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Walking with God
Never has there been more said about a man then this one single sentence. There have been great men of history who have thousands of pages of biography written in volume sets about their unmatched achievements, yet none of them say nearly as much as this simple verse about the man Enoch.
If great men such as Caesar with his mighty empire, Michelangelo with his angelic paintings, Shakespeare with his master-piece plays, Beethoven with his splendid symphonies, failed to walk with God, their lives appear as lives well wasted when compared to the greatness of walking with God. Glorious lives appear as tragic lives when measured by this true test of greatness. Some of the men that the earth praises for their genius the Heavens frown upon for their foolishness.
If the verse said, “Enoch conquered the entire world” or “Enoch had more riches and more wisdom then any other man” it would drastically pale in comparison to the magnificent fact that “Enoch walked with God”.
In all of life there is nothing greater then the Almighty God. Therefore can there be anything greater that man can do then to walk and live with his God? Men seek after power, privilege, pleasure, and possessions, yet the vanity of all these things, even combined all at once, is manifested when one comes to an understanding of the greatness of God.
The greatest blessing from the Lord is the blessing of the Lord. When a man comes to realize this reality of God, seeing Him in the truth of His wonder and worth, he will desire no richer portion or cry out for any finer inheritance then the Lord Himself. (Psalms 16:5). For such a man there is no higher Heaven then the presence of God and no deeper hell then the absence of God.
A life lived apart from God is a life lived in death and darkness. But a life lived in the presence of God far exceeds a life anywhere else. We sing in Church that one day in God’s courts is better then a thousand else where. But if we lived the way that we sing how marvelously different our lives would be.
Sin eternally separates men from God. So to be with God men must separate themselves from sin. “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully”. (Psalms 24:3-4). Though sin separates man from God eternally, self can separate man from God temporally. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands is the mark of a man who will live a life of poverty, both physically and spiritually.
In the life that God has given us, we all have the same amount of hours in a day. In all that God has given us, how much of it do we give back to Him? Christian, how much of your life is spent, not on sin, but on self? Family entertainment has replaced the family alter. Silliness has replaced study. Personal pleasure has replaced personal prayer. Careless downtime has replaced Christian devotional time. How much of your life is structured to serve yourself rather then to serve and be intimate with God?
In all that there is, there is nothing greater then God. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet is never intimate with the Lord? Examine your life. Examine your habits. Examine your desires. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). If you set your affections on earthly things you will live an earthly life. If you set your affections on heavenly things you will live a heavenly life.
When you are old and dying reflecting back on the years you have lived, will your memories be haunted with idle play and wasted time or will your memories be blessed with deep, passionate, intimacy with God?
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