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To walk with God means in Hebrew – halak- a verb-action word. It means these many things;
live, manner of life, keep a pace with, follow, go forth, go forward, continually, march on, move, run along, send, traveler, to and fro with, way-faring, be weak, whirl.
Interesting enough but according to Scriptures, God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, but he was not walking with Adam. After Adam and Eve sinned the relationship was broken and God had to call for Adam. Sin separated God’s creation from himself. When the Lord found Adam he was hiding in guilt and condemnation from God. God had to sacrifice a sheep and cloth them with a temporary covering to atone for their sin. This act never did restore relationship with God but what it did do was make a covering to appease God’s wrath, so that he did not destroy Adam and Eve and the whole earth, by his righteous judgment.
The law does not restore relationship with God. God always had to use a Moses or some kind of go between to lead his children. Still today, those still under the law are not in relationship with God, through Jesus the sacrifice, but are separated by sin. The law does not save; it only contains sin to keep it from spreading.
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. Gen. 3:8
Before the law in writing was given to Moses, Enoch walked with God and so did the other prophets. This relationship was based not on law but on grace. God sovereignty called certain individuals to do certain things and speak in his name. I want to point out a twofold operation of the Spirit of God that exists today. The prophets had the Holy Spirit come on them at certain times for certain purposes as the Lord desired but the Holy Spirit did not live in his people nor the prophets. Today the Holy Spirit lives in his people BUT he also comes upon his people to operate in the supernatural as he wills as well.
Getting back to my topic, walking with God or – halak-is a requirement for salvation. If you have never heard from God, never had any supernatural visitations, dreams, visions, inspirations, promptings, anointing, guidance, then it is doubtful that you are really saved. Salvation is about having the relationship that Adam had with God before the fall restored, not just believing in your head about an historical Jesus.
If you look at the prophets they all walked with God. Many Israelites did not walk with God even though they believed in him. That is why they fell into sin so much. They always preferred a Moses or a king to lead them in their relationship with God. This is still true today. This is also true for many who call themselves Christians. They follow Biblical laws or rules, regulations and principals of the Bible but they do not have a living relationship with God the Father by the sacrifice of Jesus who sent the Holy Spirit to abide with us and have relationship with us.
And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. Duet. 8:9
Are you in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit or do you just have a lifeless dry religion that you try to adhere to? Remember Jesus said that when you come to him that he will make life giving refreshing water spring forth from your heart. In other words life in God which is abundant and filled with power and victory!
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15
Ask Jesus to make you born again by his Holy Spirit and restore relationship with you and him. To have head knowledge about the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ is not enough! You must partake of his nature! Be filled with the Holy Spirit and walking in right relationship with God through Jesus Christ!
We have all heard of Romans 8:28, that all things are working together for our good but rarely will you hear the whole subject matter within its full context. Let’s take a look shall we?
Starting with the beginning of Romans chapter 8, let us look at who is speaking and to whom and why; as well as what is being said within its entirety. Most scholars believe that this book was the words of Paul the apostle to the church in Rome. Apparently there was no established Christian institution in Rome but rather a group of different families who congregated together in homes. Paul does not address a particular Church of Rome but different households. Paul uses the phrase, “all that are at Rome,” which were both Jew and Gentile. Paul covers in the book of Romans many topics but I want to address one in particular, that being; all things work together for good to those who love God.
First of all, we know that Paul is addressing the Christians at Rome, whom we know from history suffered great persecution. Paul says in Romans chapter 8, that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. To be “in Christ” is to be baptized into his death and raised to life by the Holy Spirit, in other words, born of God. Not baptized in water per say, but baptized into Christ. Remember there is a baptism of fire, not just water, just so you know. That fire is Holy Ghost fire. If you have water baptism but no baptism of fire, you may not really be born again. Baptism in water can be a religious exercise if not accompanied with baptism of fire, or being born from power from on high.
Many sitting in churches today mimic Christians in some outward behavior and culture but have never really been born of God. They have not actually had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and made alive by his miraculous power. They know about Jesus but have never personally met him. They lack the power, even though they may have a form of godliness.
What power you ask? Dumanis Holy Ghost power; to heal the sick, raise the dead, speak in tongues, cast out devils and work miracles.
Those in Christ are not condemned. They are not under God’s judgment and nor will they face his wrath. Those walking after the flesh however, are in condemnation. These are those who are not in Christ, not walking in the Spirit because they have no life in them. Paul continues in the next verse to say that the Holy Spirit of life makes the Christian free from sin and death because of Christ’s atonement. It is very clear that Paul is differentiating between the Christian and the carnal unsaved person. Paul says that walking in the Spirit of God is now the perquisite for godly living and not the keeping of Old Testament laws and rituals. Paul tells us in this chapter that YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH IF THE SPIRT OF GOD DWELLS IN YOU BUT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE GOD’S SPIRT THEN YOU ARE NOT SAVED.
How do you know if you have God living in you? Paul says to examine yourself to see if you are really in the faith. If you do not personally know the God of the Bible it is likely that you are not saved. What does it mean “to know”? Well the Bible likens the “to know’ as the same kind of intimacy that a man and a wife have. Do you know his voice? Have you experienced his touch, his caress, his feelings, and his heart? Does he wake you up in the middle of the night to pray? Does he sing songs out of your spirit and weep with you in your sorrow? Do you feel his breath of life in your being? Are you certain without a shadow of a doubt that you really belong to him? Does God bear witness in your heart that you know him? Do you know, that you know, that you know, that you are saved because you know him?
If not then you need to surrender to Jesus and make him both Savior and Lord of your life. Knowing about Jesus and believing in him does not save you. Even the devil believes in Jesus. You must know him! Belong to him; be connected to his Holy Spirit by the blood of the lamb. Those led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. To be led is to have God direct your life, not you. You don’t make the decisions, he does. You listen in prayer and obey what his Holy Spirit tells you to do and where to go.
Paul next tells us in Romans chapter 8 that the sufferings of this present world are of no consequence in comparison to our eternal inheritance that we hope and wait patiently for. Paul lets God’s people know that the Holy Spirit which lives in his people knows our weakness and he will pray through us to the Father for help in all our struggles. God’s will is going to be birthed forth as the Spirit intercedes with prayers of intercession by groaning and moaning deep in our spirit’s as we seek his face.
Then right after that Paul says that all things are working together for our good. We can now see the connection. The Christian who walks in the Spirit and is suffering in this present world, prays by the Spirit that dwells in their spirit for God’s will which is birthed through prayer by the Holy Spirit, to work ALL things for our good. The reason Paul says this is because the Christian is predestined by God the Father, to be conformed into the image or likeness of his Son, Jesus Christ. So, why are ALL things working together for our good? So that we can be made into the image of his Son, that is in character and attributes. God has a destiny for each of us; a predetermined plan and that plan is being worked out by the Holy Spirit as he prays through us, God’s perfect will.
Who shall condemn those in Christ? Who shall separate us from God and his will for us? No one! This is because Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father making intercession for us as the Holy Spirit intercedes through us. Paul says that in persecution, trials, sorrows, hardships and even death; we are more than conquerors. We are living out a predetermined plan of almighty God for his purposes. Whether we suffer or are persecuted or even killed, we will come out the victor because Jesus conquered death! So, walk in the Holy Spirit and let him lead you. Even through the fire he will be with you and make all things work together for good, that is for God’s predetermined plan and purposes!
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What exactly does it mean to be blessed and how does one get blessed by God? The Hebrew word for “blessed” is ASHERI or BARAK. Whenever a person is blessed by God the word BARAK it is always used. This means that the blessing is initiated by God and is beneficial to the person receiving the blessing.
In reconciling the use of trials and tribulations of this world that God allows in our life to occur and God’s blessing in our life, this is what I feel the Lord has shown me. First of all the perquisite for blessings is to know Jesus Christ and be clothed in his righteousness. This we can see from the scripture, in Matthew chapter 5 verse.6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Not our own righteousness but the righteousness that comes by faith in Jesus Christ.
This blessing comes through having a humble heart. (Poor in spirit) If one will not humble himself before God and admit being a sinner then the blessing of salvation will not come. Pride is the negative attitude of the world, it is Satan’s attitude. Satan is uppity, prideful, boastful, thinks he is hot stuff. We can never get saved having this kind of an attitude. This is why God allows life trials and tribulations to occur in the lost so that they get humble and come off their high horse! God also uses the law, he shows the lost how evil they are and how they fall short of God’s expectations. He uses these things to bring us to salvation; because he loves us.
Simply put, a child who is rebellious and never does what he is told, needs correction and discipline for his good. We need correction and discipline for our own good! Even the Christian is constantly being humbled and made dependant on God. God will never use a Saul. That is a person who thinks that he has a right or is God’s gift to everyone. God will always use a David, one humble and small in his own eyes. The humble boasts only in the Lord, not in their own ability.
But to this one I will look, to him who is poor and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My Word. Psalm 25:9-10
To be blessed by God does not mean that you will not experience hardship! When you are blessed by God it is based on right relationship with him but also by certain behaviors. Remember that James said that “I will show you my faith by my works” In other words, if you have faith in Jesus Christ, your life will bear fruit to show that you have been born of God.
In order to perform these behaviors we must be led and moved by the Holy Spirit and not by laws, rules, and regulations. An example would be, if I give all my money to the poor thinking that I will earn kudos with God; then I am gravely misinformed. Cain’s sacrifice of his works was not acceptable to God because they came by his own hand and for the motive of winning God’s blessings. Ables’ sacrifice, on the other hand was expectable because his sacrifice was based on God’s requirements and not by his own works. Able knew that nothing that he could do in his own ability would make God love him more or accept him. Only the requirement of a sacrifice of a lamb (figurative of Jesus Christ) was acceptable.
This is the same way with blessings from God. They are delivered according to certain requirements and based on how the Holy Spirit directs. In other words, my giving must be initiated by faith in God’s Holy Spirit which always comes with a love and passion for what one is giving to. If I give out of a requirement of necessity, to get a blessing, then my giving will not be acceptable to God BUT if my giving is initiated by the Holy Spirit it will be done with a joyful heart, even if I have given my last penny. You see, it is all based on the humble attitude.
He teaches the humble His way… Psalm 25:9-10
If you read all of Matthew chapter 5 you will see the requirements for certain blessings to come. I will bring a short caption of some of them. As you can see blessings are not always material and may not occur until we enter heaven.
Requirement: the poor in spirit (humble) Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Requirement: those that morn Blessing: they shall be comforted
Requirement: Be meek Blessing: they shall inherit the earth.
Requirement: hunger and thirst after righteousness Blessing: they shall be filled
Requirement: Be merciful Blessing: shall obtain mercy.
Requirement: Be pure in heart. Blessing they shall see God
Requirement: Peacemakers. Blessing: called the children of God
Requirement: persecuted for righteousness’ sake Blessing: theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Requirement: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake Blessing: great is your reward in heaven
In order to be blessed by God we must love God, walk in his ways by the power of the Holy Spirit, be obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and God’s word, do not go after false God’s (idols in our heart) Deut. 11:22, 26-28
Obedience to the Holy Spirit, (God in us) walking in the Holy Spirit, listening to his voice will give you a life blessed by God. Remember that many are the afflictions of the righteousness BUT the Lord delivers from them all!
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21
Blessed is the man that endures trial: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
In conclusion, to be blessed by God does not always mean material nor does it mean that all blessings will be fulfilled in this life; some blessings will be fulfilled in eternity.
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