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WALKING WITH THE LORD IN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
A Study From the Life of Enoch
A – INTRODUCTION.
Once you become a Christian – and that is done according to Romans 10:9-10 – READ; then it is to be life of walking in a close relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.
Did you know there is a Divine Order to having and experience to the fullest, relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ? Here’s the order:
Colossians 2:6-7 and 3:1-2.
According to the Matthew Henry Commentary, “To walk with The Lord God is to set Him always before us, and to act as those that are always under His eye. It is to live a life of communion (participation) with The Lord God.” That is walking with Him intimately – which means in a very close personal relationship.
In order to grasp and fully understand what it really means to walk in an intimate relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ, we must take a look at one certain man in Scripture. Little is mentioned of him in the Bible, except that one statement about his life dominated his life. His name was Enoch. It says in Genesis 5:22, “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God … 300 years.”
THAT IS THE KEY TO WALKING WITH THE LORD – walking in a habitual relationship with The Lord.
Habit is any activity so well established, that it occurs without thought on the part of the individual; a chosen pattern of behavior established by long practice; customary and set apart practice that becomes a standard, thus regulating individual behavior; an individual’s habitual inclination to follow a set course.
Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher of the 1800s said: “Then came Enoch, who set before men the great truth of communion (participation) with The Lord God; he displayed in his life the relation of the believer to the Most High, and showed how near the living God desires to be to His children. Let us then endeavor to walk with The Lord God as Enoch did.”
What is meant by Enoch’s habitual walking with The Lord God?
Enoch’s walk with The Lord God was a testimony that he was well pleasing to Him.
The Lord will not walk with a man or woman in whom He has no pleasure.
If men or women walk contrary to The Lord, He will not walk with them.
To walk contrary means to be wayward, which includes being stubborn, difficult to please, fretful, erratic, turning from the right way. If we are anything of those ways, let us be quick to repent and turn away from those ways.
LET US NOTE LEVITICUS 26:13-24.
Spurgeon: “Enoch was a great man in his day, one of the most important of that period; hence we may be sure he had his trials, and bore the brunt of opposition from the powerful ungodly party which opposed the ways of godliness.
“Enoch was a family man; he had a wife and sons and daughters, thus he faced all of those challenges and commitments, yet he still walked with The Lord God, so he proved it can be done. In addition,
“Enoch lived in a very evil age. He was prominent at a time when sin was beginning to cover the earth, not very long before the earth was corrupt and God saw fit to sweep the whole population from off its surface on account of sin.
“Enoch lived in a day of mockers and despisers. He lived when few loved The Lord, and in a time when those who professed to love The Lord were being drawn aside into immorality. Enoch lived in a time when church and state were proposing an alliance, and fashion and pleasure ruled the hour, and unhallowed compromise was the order of the day.”
Matthew Henry Commentary: “Enoch was entirely dead to the world. And did not only walk after The Lord God, as all good men do, but he walked with The Lord God as if he were in heaven already. He walked not only good in bad times, but the best in good times.”
LET US NOW TAKE A DETAILED LOOK AT WHAT ENOCH’S HABITUAL WALK WITH THE LORD GOD WAS ABOUT – FOR HE WAS A FORERUNNER – A PATTERN – TO HOW WE SHOULD WALK IN AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD GOD TODAY.
B – ENOCH’S EXAMPLE ON HOW TO WALK WITH THE LORD INTIMATELY.
ENOCH WALKED IN A FERVENT FIRST LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD.
Fervent means to have great warmth of feeling; filled with passion.
The word passion means to have a deeply stirring emotion of enthusiasm, glowing with excited feeling, and an energetic and zealous – hot – pursuit of The Lord.
David – who like Enoch, also had a real fervent first love heart after The Lord – declares in Psalm 18:1, “I love You, fervently and devotedly, O Lord.” In Psalm 42:1 David expresses his thirsting, panting heart after The Lord.”
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN FIRST LOVE FOR THE LORD?
SINGULAR FOCUS AND ATTRACTION – Colossians 3:2, “Set your affections on the things above, not on the things of the earth.” Note 1 John 2:15-17.
Paul, the apostle, who was another who had an intimate desire and pursuit for The Lord expresses this is Philippians 3:10a, “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly].”.
Intimacy is developed and enhanced (built upon) by being alone with Him in the secret place – Psalm 91:1-2; through seeking His face – Psalm 27:8; by focusing on The Lord in the Bible – Isaiah 9:6 and 43:15 are excellent; and worshipping Him in spirit and in truth (reality) – 2 Chronicles 5:12-14, Amplified Bible.
ENOCH WALKED IN FRIENDSHIP WITH THE LORD. Friendship involves – spending quality time with one another.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, November 1: “There is no such thing as a private life … for a man or woman or child who is intimately aware of … Jesus Christ. God divides the private life of His saints and makes it a highway for the world on one hand and for Himself on the other. No human being can stand that unless he is identified with Jesus Christ. We are not sanctified for ourselves. We are called into intimacy with the Gospel (which is Christ).”
Walking in intimate friendship with The Lord involves talking to and listening to Him. It is to be similar to what Samuel expressed in 1 Samuel 3:10, “And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
Chambers, January 30: “Get into the habit of saying, Speak, Lord, and life will become a romance with Him.”
Walking in intimate friendship with The Lord is involving Him in our plans. Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.”
Chambers, July 5: “God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account.”
1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God.”
Practicing His Presence, by Brother Lawrence: “Any friendship is achieved by doing things together. The depth and intensity of the friendship will depend upon the variety and extent of the things we do. Friends must walk together; they cannot long stand still together.” Spurgeon: “Enoch had such interest in The Lord’s interests, thus The Lord God was interested in him and they walked together.”
ENOCH WALKED IN PEACE. It is difficult to walk close to someone when you’re uptight, burdened, worried, fretful, discouraged, etc., etc., and those things also make if difficult to walk out the call of God on our lives.
If we’re troubled by those things, then let us ask for the peace of Christ to settle in and on us, that we may walk close to Him. Psalm 37:1, “Fret not yourself” It means not to be overwhelmed with anxiety or worry. Isaiah 26:3, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You.” John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath (hand down) to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.].”
ENOCH PURSUED AND ENJOYED BEING IN THE LORD’S PRESENCE. Spurgeon: “In his daily life, Enoch realized that The Lord God was with Him as a living Friend, in whom he confided and by whom he was loved.”
WHAT ENJOYMENT ARE WE TO EXPERIENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD?
Fullness of joy – Psalm 16:11, “In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Acts 2:28b, “You will make me full of joy in Your presence.” To have joy is to have extreme satisfaction. David expressed that in Psalm 63:1-5.
Divine protection. Psalm 91 – entire chapter Spurgeon: “The blessings here promised are not for all believers, but for those who live in close fellowship with God.” Matthew Henry Commentary: “A great truth laid down in general, that all those who live a life of communion with God are constantly safe under His protection, and may therefore preserve a holy serenity and security of mind at all times.”
One can receive prophetic instruction from being in the presence of The Lord and seeking Him – 2 Chronicles 20:1-17. Enoch was a prophet, and therefore must have received much prophetic instruction and promise from The Lord God when he was in His presence.
You will receive gladness in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 21:6b, “You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence.”
ENOCH EXPERIENCED INTIMATE COMMUNICATION WITH THE LORD GOD.
Spurgeon: “Enoch walking with God signifies that he had very intimate communication with the Most High. When persons are constantly in the habit of walking together from choice, you may be quite sure there are many communications between them with which no stranger may interfere.”
Chambers, June 3: “What is the sign of a friend? Is it that he tells you his secret sorrows? No, it is that he tells you his secret joys. Many people will confide their secret sorrows to you, but the final mark of intimacy is when they share their secret joys with you. Have we ever let God tell us any of His joys? Or are we continually telling God our secrets, leaving Him no time to talk to us? At the beginning of our Christian life we are full of requests to God. But then we find that God wants to get us into an intimate relationship with Himself – to get us in touch with His purposes.”
ENOCH WALKED IN FAITH. Hebrews 11:5, “Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven.”
Matthew Henry Commentary: “Those who by faith walk with God in a sinful world are pleasing to Him, and He will give them marks of his favor, and put honor upon them.”
Spurgeon: “Enoch was always pleasing to God because he always believed, and lived in the power of his faith.”
Carroll Thompson, Doctrinal Foundations: “Faith is the basis of our relationship with God. Faith opens the door of man’s heart to God, and He is free to work in man’s life and draw man close to Himself. Faith is the channel which God’s grace flows into man’s life.”
Chambers, March 28 and July 8: “A life of faith is a life of walking without fainting. Faithfulness to Jesus means that I must step out even when I can’t see ahead. Are you debating whether you should take a step of faith in Jesus, or whether you should wait until you can clearly see how to do what He has asked? Are you faithful to Jesus, or faithful to your ideas about Him? Are you faithful to what He says, or do you compromise His words with thoughts that never came from Him?”
ENOCH WALKED HABITUALLY WITH THE LORD GOD BECAUSE HE WAS CONSISTENT. To be consistent means to have uniformity, not having fluctuation or variation. In other words, it does not depend on your emotions or circumstances. We are to be consistent in our life walk with The Lord Jesus Christ.
Spurgeon: “Enoch did not now and then climb to the heights of elevated piety, but he continued in the calm, happy, steady enjoyment of fellowship with God from day to day. It was not a run, a leap, a spurt, but a steady walk.”
Matthew Henry: “Enoch … walked not only good in bad times, but the best in good times.” Someone has said, “Being irregular in your walk with God in Christ will cause you to miss God’s full purpose for your life.”
Pursuing Psalm 1:1-3 and Psalm 119 will greatly assist you in walking consistently with The Lord.
ENOCH’S WALK WITH THE LORD GOD WAS PROGRESSIVE. The word progressive means to be moving forward; to be making progress.
Spurgeon: “Enoch’s life was progressive: for if a man walks either by himself or with anybody else, he makes progress, he goes forward. Enoch walked with God. At the end of two hundred years he was not where he began, he was in the same company, but he had gone forward in the right way. At the end of the third hundred years Enoch enjoyed more, understood more, loved more, had received more, and could give out more, for he had gone forward in all respects. A man/woman who walks with God will necessarily grow in grace and in the knowledge of God, and in likeness to Christ.”
C – CONCLUSION.
We have taken a look at what it takes walk with God in fullness and in the fullness of His calling.
Oswald Chambers, October 12: “In learning to walk with The Lord, there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride, but once we have done so, the only characteristic that exhibits itself is the very life of The Lord Himself. It takes time to get there, but keep at it. Don’t give up!”
Charles Spurgeon: “You cannot have a continual walk with God year after year, without being strengthened, sanctified, instructed, and rendered more able to glorify God. So I gather that Enoch’s life was a life of spiritual progress. He went from strength to strength, and made headway in the gracious pilgrimage. May God grant us to be pressing onward ourselves.”
BELOVED, PURSUE AND ENJOY WALKING INTIMATELY WITH THE LORD!