The Walk

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The Walk

Preface

Many things I hear today in the Christian world either on TV or the radio are so defeatist in nature that I have to shut them off because they are more depressing and carnal than spiritual or uplifting. When I think about this I am reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:2-3 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal”. When we are first born again we do need milk so we can learn the basics of the Kingdom of God, but as we mature we must move into the things that will help us to make a difference in the world because this is what we are called to do (Hebrews 5:12-14). In these end times new Believers will be forced to mature and grow faster than ever before because the wicked one is about to be revealed, however if they have no mature Believers to show them how to walk then they are in real trouble. The time has come when we all must be mature to the point where we can stand fast in our faith, help others along the way, and be the Army of God (Ephesians 6:13-18, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Ephesians 6:10, Galatians 5:1, and 1 Corinthians 15:58). The battle is still the Lord’s, but we have a critical part to play and serving God does not mean sitting down and waiting for Him to do everything for us or waiting on the Rapture to happen…

The Word and Our Walk

Time for Meat

Proverbs 4:20-27

20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

24) Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

25) Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

26) Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

27) Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

I love this section of Proverbs for it gives us some very important nuggets of truth on how we should live as Believers!! While this is not in any way an all-inclusive scripture or list of the things we need to do, it does give us a lot of insight and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16) as to how we are to live. Starting in verse 20 it says to attend to my words, and incline thine ear to my sayings. The word attend here means to “pay attention” while the word incline means to “stretch out, extend, or to turn towards”. In other words God is telling us that what he is about to say is important so “Wake Up, Pay Attention, and Turn Towards Me”. Once we turn to him he tells us to “Not let them depart from our eyes” and to “Keep them in the midst of our heart”. This means that we should not turn aside or let His Words be lost from our view, and that we should “guard them in the center of our inner most being”. This is extremely important in a Believers life because in Mark 4 Jesus told us about the parable of the sower, and the three ways that we can lose the Word that is planted in our hearts (Mark 4:14-20). A crucial key here is that we must always remember that the Believers walk should never be reactive but proactive, and that in God’s Kingdom there is NO neutral because if we are not going forward then we are going backwards. If you study the children of Israel you will notice that after they left Egypt they always got into trouble when they would stop and make camp. This is a good lesson to learn…

Two verses come to mind when I read this; the first being Matthew 6:22-23 where it says “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness”. The question I always pose here is how do we keep our eye single? Answer, by keeping our eyes directed only on Jesus Christ. He is the pattern we should be following so it only makes sense that we should keep our eyes only on him. While this may sound simple, in reality it is anything but simple. In this world there are so many types of distractions such as garbage TV (Big Brother & the Walking Dead), filthy, sexual, and magic filled movies, and other idols such as sports teams or political figures and they even named a show after it called “American Idol”. Whatever it may be, if our eyes are on ANYTHING other than Jesus then we do not have a “single eye” walk with the Lord and our light could actually be darkness. James told that “a doubleminded man is unstable in ALL his ways” (James 1:8). Notice he said in ALL his ways, which means that every aspect of a Believer who is not single-eyed is unstable. The scary part is that may Believers may think they have it all together when it fact they are living in an illusion (or delusion) that they are A-OK with the Lord. I heard it said this way, people who are deceived do not know they are deceived, and I think this is where the scripture “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23) comes in. Of the entire Bible this is probably the scariest scripture for me. So how do we know if our eye is truly “single”? This I know, whatever occupies our time when we are not around other Believers is our true god. Do you spend time in the ministry God called you to, prayer, studying the Word or do you occupy yourself with things of the world? Our answer will reveal the real us! This does not mean God does not want us to have some relaxation, but if our relaxation takes up most of our time, our relaxation is sinful in nature, or we are supporting the idols of this world (bands, sports teams, actors, or even apostate preachers) then it is safe to say that we aren’t single-eyed. If these are the last days then there is no time to be consumed by ANYTHING in the world or the world system.

Next Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about; seeking whom he may devour”. The word sober here is the Greek word “nepho”, which means to be calm, temperate, and dispassionate (not influenced by emotion, rational, and impartial).  The Greek word for vigilant is “gregoreo” which means to “watch, give strict attention to, and be cautious”. As we can see from Proverbs to the New Testament God’s message is the same because we are to be on paying attention to God’s word and turning towards it, and then we are to guard our hearts. But why Lord? Verse 22 tells us why for it says “…They are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh”. Is your life a wreck? If so are you single-eyed? Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and “Whoever believes in me will have rivers of LIVING WATER flowing from their innermost being” (John 14:6 & John 7:38) so if you are not walking in this then look around your life and see where you may be looking elsewhere instead of straight ahead to Jesus 100%. We must understand that the Word of God is one of our greatest assets, and when we add prayer to the Word then we are a weapon that God can use to defeat the enemy every time. Is this why David said “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11). You bet it is so if you are having sin issues GET INTO THE WORD and get SINGLE-EYED!!!

Continuing on we see in verse 23 that it says to “keep our heart with all diligence” which means we are to “Guard our Inner Man like a guard on a Guard Post”. Remember when we read 1 Peter 5:8 earlier? Remember when it said to be “Be sober and vigilant”? We must remember that the forces of satan are always wandering around looking for someone to devour so if we are on guard can he devour us? NO!! This is why the “real” Believers walk should always be one that is “proactive” and not “reactive”. The last part of the verse means “for out of it (the inner man) are the sources of fresh and living waters”. This is important for us so that our spiritual lives do not stagnate for Jesus told us himself that “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly (innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). We can now see that from the Old Testament to the New Testament we are meant to have “living water” flowing from our inner most being because this is how we will either be completely victorious or utter failures. The living water that flows is what shows the world that we are different. We must remember that our lives may be the only testimony for Christ that people will ever see, and Jesus said “For I say unto you that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven”. As we know, saying you are a Believer and walking as a Believer are two different things so we must always walk The Walk so that our light is always shining for the world to see.

In verse 24 we are told to “Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee” so does all this mean? This sentence read in the Hebrew means to “Turn aside from a twisted, perverted or distorted mouth and put perverse speech far away from you”. The Amplified reads like this “Put away from you a deceitful (lying, misleading) mouth, and put devious lips far from you”. There are so many verses that cover how we should talk as believers, but it is sad to say that many can only bring up the ones that have to do with money or promises. However, there are many more scriptures that have to do with our daily walk with God (Proverbs 18:21, Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 15:4, and Matthew 12:36) than about claiming anything. James said that our tongue is so powerful that he called it a “fire and a world of iniquity” (James 3:6) so it is easy to see if we are going to walk as we were told to by Christ then we will need to control our tongues and what we say. So now we know that once we guard our hearts we must then make a conscience effort of watching what we say because “a good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good” (Luke 6:45). However, it can also be said that “a wicked man out of a wicked heart brings forth that which is wicked”. If we are talking as we should, then the promises of God will naturally flow in our lives because we will always be speaking what??? God’s Word! Proverbs 18:21 tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” So death (as in dying spiritually or naturally), and life (the living waters) are in the power of our tongue, and we have the final say in our lives and in many cases we also have a big say in the lives of others. Our tongue is so powerful that we can crush or lift anyone up we want at any time, and that power is ours to wield. We must always remember whatever comes out of our mouth is what we are feeling in our heart so what should we be filling out heart with? Bingo, God’s Word!!! However, if you look at the end of Proverbs 18:21 it says this “and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”. I love how this verse reads in the Amplified “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words”. In other words, whatever you speak you will reap and what you reap will be based on what you have sowed with your tongue. So since life and death are in the power of our tongues then we should always choose life for ourselves and others. Over the years I have seen and heard about many Believers leaving their Churches because of how the people in those Churches talked to them and about them. Even though at the end of the day we all have to make the choice of how we live our lives, we must also remember the power that our words have and how those words we speak can shape those around us… This gives a new meaning to the old saying “If you have nothing good to say about someone then don’t say anything at all”. Our tongue can be a very powerful weapon for the kingdom of God or it can be a very powerful weapon for the kingdom of darkness, and we must all be on “guard” as to how we speak to people because we are also liable for every idle word we speak (Matthew 12:26).

The next area of The Walk is what are we looking at? In verse 25 it tells us to “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee”. Reading it once again in the Hebrew it reads “Let thy eyes (mental and spiritual faculties) show regard to (pay attention) to the front, and let thy eyelids look straight (be level, just, and lawful) ahead”. So not only should we guard our hearts and watch what we say, but we are to keep our eyes (our mental/spiritual faculties) paying attention to things in front of us, be level headed,  and be diligent to only look at just and lawful things. This may sound “legalistic”, but should we be watching things that do not give glory to God (R-Rated movies or shows that are obviously wicked) or even movies or shows that do not have any moral value? We should be able to answer this with an “Absolutely Not”! But is this really legalistic? If so then Paul was VERY LEGALISTIC for he wrote in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. In addition, as we pointed out earlier Jesus told us in Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light”. This is so important for Believers because what we allow into our minds will find root if we are not careful. When I was meditating on this, I realized that the only way our eye can be single is if we are keeping our eye(s) constantly on Christ and no one else. Colossians 3:2 tells us to “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]” (Amplified). If we view our eyes as a camera and projector, then it will be easier to understand this concept. As a camera our eyes are the lens, and whatever comes into that lens is passed and recorded onto the film of our minds. So, if we are filling our lens with junk then what is getting recorded on the film? You guessed it junk, and the longer we allow this junk into our minds the longer it can take to get it out. Now on the other side of the coin, as a projector what comes out of our mouth is what we have pulled in from our eyes into our minds. Life and death flow from our tongues, so once again what we fill ourselves with is what is going to come out and what we allow our eyes to view is what we will become. Think about when you are driving, what happens when you look at the side of the road for too long; which way does your car go? If we are going to be able to walk the walk that Jesus has called us too we must learn to train our eyes only on him. Once again “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). Since we know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith we should be “Looking unto Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2).

The next step is to “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established”. In the Hebrew this means to “Make level, smooth out, or prepare the track or entrenchment for thy feet, and let all thy journey, manners, and habits be firmly set, fixed, and settled”. Wow! From this we can see that “The Walk” with God is not wandering around in some disorganized fashion or waiting for “God” to do this or that for us, but we have to “Prepare our feet so that our journey, manners, and habits are firmly fixed and settled”. Does this sound like reactive Christianity? Absolutely NOT! Many Believers get into binds in their life because they do not know what they are supposed to be doing, and they do not spend time in God’s instruction manual to find these things out. King David put it this way “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). If we want to start “smoothing out and preparing our path” then we MUST be in God’s Word. Once again, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). So if we are to have light on our path to make it smooth and fixed then the only way we will EVER be able to do this is to have God’s Word fully flowing out of our hearts. What I find interesting is that while all three aspects are separated in Proverbs 4 (heart, eyes, and feet) is that they are really interconnected to one another.

The final part of the walk is too “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil”, which means to “not turn aside to the right or left side of the road, and to remove our feet from doing things not pleasing to God”. This as well as verse 26 is a conscience effort on “OUR” part to refrain from doing evil and doesn’t mean to wait on God to do it for us. In the book of Hebrews it clearly states that we have the roll of “…laying aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). From this we can see that “WE” are to lay aside every weight (encumbrance or burden) and the sin (violation of God’s law), and run (spend one’s strength in performing or attaining something) the race before us. Many Believers wonder why they are having so many issues walking with God, and I have had issues myself but this is where we must draw the line in our lives. Are we going to run the race or sit on the sidelines? The Bible tells us to not be weary in well doing, however many Believers it would seem have fallen asleep. What is amazing is that in the natural realm it is impossible to walk and fall asleep unless you have a disease that is known as (narcolepsy). As we get closer to the revealing of the anti-Christ system it is important for us to start picking up the pace for there are many battles to yet be fought and the world needs us.

In closing, this is just a short synopsis of the Believers walk, but it is a great place to start. We must always be guarding our “Inner Man”, watching what we say, keeping our eyes on Jesus only, and continually preparing our path because it just takes one lapse in any of these areas to cause us major issues. Remember God’s Grace is always there if we need it, however God is looking for Men and Women of Valor in these last days…

God Bless You All in Jesus Name and Feel Free to Pass This On!!!

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