Pentecostal Sermons and Bible Studies by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

An Excellent Day Walking with God

Summary:  Enoch walked with God, and He pleased God. What more could we desire! God’s Word the bible shows us some simple paths to walk that will surely enable us one day to hear the Lord say to us, “Well done, you have pleased Me.”

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Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Hebrews 11:5 ...before [Enoch] was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

That’s what the committed Christian desires — that is, to walk with God in a way that is pleasing to God. Our hope is that when this life is over and God takes us into His presence in heaven, we will hear Him say to us, “You lived in a way that was pleasing to me.” How to do that is spelled out simply and clearly in the bible. Let’s take a look.

Psalm 55:17, KJV Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Try to pray often each day. At the beginning and end of the day, also during the day. Long prayers, short prayers, seeking the Lord prayers, driving-in-the-car prayers, at-stop-light prayers, putting-the-kids-to-bed prayers, prayer for someone you are thinking of, and many other scenarios as well. The key is to develop an attitude, an ongoing habit, of prayer.

I was reading a devotional the other day, and it suggested what I believe is a terrific way to remain prayerful throughout the day. The writer said that as he encountered people, even just passing them by, he would offer a brief, silent prayer for them. Often just a few seconds’ worth. So I’ve been trying that and have been amazed at how easily it keeps my attention focused on the Lord.

Psalm 119:164, KJV Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Remember to praise God throughout the day. “Seven times” a day — seven being the number of fullness, completion. In other words, not a specific number of times, but often! Cultivate in yourself a heart of praise, of gratitude, of thankfulness to God for His goodness and His many blessings. Let there be a song of praise to the Lord in your heart and, when circumstances allow, on your lips.

Deuteronomy 17:18-19 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. [19] It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees...

Read your bible daily “all the days of [your] life.” Make the Bible your “daily bread.” Perhaps also you might start or finish the day with a good devotional or two that comments of the Word of God. And read the Scriptures themselves slowly, attentively, to savor their profound richness. My wife and I have developed a habit of reading God’s Word out loud to each other. One of us will typically read 8-10 verses, and we often stop to talk about what we just read. Then the other will read 8-10 verses, with discussion. And back and forth. We find this very edifying. And over the course of time we’ve found that this takes us through the bible typically in about one year.

Colossians 3:1-2 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. [2] Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Fix your heart and your mind on heavenly things. The derogatory expression “He’s so heavenly minded he’s no earthly good” is insulting and anti-Scriptural! As we read the four Gospels, we see Jesus, our perfect example, consistently directing His thoughts heavenward. Unlike Jesus, our problem is being too earthly minded! Take time to think about the things of God. Reflect upon “...his acts of power ... [and] his surpassing greatness” (Psalm 150:2). The apostle Paul is exhorting us to set our affections and our thoughts “above.”

Psalm 63:6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

When you awaken in the night, don’t think about problems, deadlines, and the next day’s stress. I know personally how easy it is to fall into that trap. I can remember having minor panic attacks when I woke up at night and thought of a rental house I owned that had been the object of vandalism. The key is to refocus your thoughts, not on your problems, but on the Solution, on God. “Remember ... [and] think of” the Lord. The nighttime is a great time to meditate quietly on God’s greatness and His goodness to you. Push aside those middle-of-the-night fears and anxieties, and replace them with prayer, praise, and reflection on God and His goodness to you.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” [37] Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Share your heart openly with the Lord. Express your feelings of love for Him. Talk with Him in prayer and praise. Tell Him you love Him! He greatly desires us to love Him. In fact, Jesus said that loving God is the greatest command of the bible. And as you pray, praise, feed on His Word, and think about Him, that love will grow. Also (see the final two verses below), focus some of your thoughts, energy, efforts, and love on other people. Jesus said that is the second-most important command of the bible — to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Romans 13:9 The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love your neighbor. That means things like: Don’t speak badly of him. Don’t be always irritated at him. Try to get a sensing of his problems and needs. Make an effort to get to know him. Extend yourself to him, as Jesus did to you. I will confess, it’s not always easy to love your “neighbor.” But it is of great importance to God that we do. If you don’t find loving others easy, ask God to help you see them through His eyes and from His heart.

Galatians 6:9-10 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. [10] Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Regard “all people” as potential ones to whom you can extend yourself and do good to them. Realistically, we know that no one can reach “all” people. So try something the Lord showed me years ago. At the beginning of each day, pray this simple prayer, “Lord, let me have a touch in someone’s life for You today.” It may be a kind word, or giving something to someone in need, or the proverbial “cup of cold water” to someone who is thirsty. The opportunities are limitless. Just ask the Lord each day to lead you to someone to whom you can express the love and grace of the Lord that day, with or without words.

And “especially” be sure to reach out to fellow believers. If opportunities or resources are limited, the apostle says to prioritize your fellow-believers, your brothers and sisters in the Lord. It is a virtual certainty that you know someone needy in your church that you could reach out to today, or this week. Bring them a meal. Take them out for coffee and some much-needed fellowship. Offer to pray for any needs they might have. This is loving our neighbor at its best. Again, the opportunities to express love are virtually without limit. Just ask the Lord to give you that “touch” in a fellow believer’s life today.

To summarize:  At the end of any day in which you’ve done a good number of these things, you can look back and say, “That was an excellent day walking with God.” And at the end of your earthly life, like Enoch, you too will be “commended as one who pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).

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