Four Marks of a Life Spent Walking with God
- ENDURANCE, despite the certain, often prolonged silence of God.
Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old the LORD appeared to Abram…
Restated: During the many years of silence between him and God—Abram learned to continue to follow God simply because he believed in God. (Approx. 25 years!)
- DEPENDENCE, when we finally stop trying to save ourselves.
…and said to him, “I am God Almighty;
Restated: Rich with examples of his own attempts to achieve his own blessing, apart from God, Abram was brought to a place of trusting in God alone for blessing and power in life.
- El Shaddai = first use of this name of God: God, the Almighty over all. This is the name that pops up especially when God is talking to Abraham and his sons and grandsons about keeping His promises to them, to give them a land of their own, and children of their own from wives who were otherwise barren.
- “I am God Almighty, and you’re not!” = this is the message that God spends a lot of time trying to get across to us today.
Why do we need to learn to live in dependence on God? Because if we do not learn to trust in God completely to accomplish His will, His desires, His blessings in our lives—we will limit ourselves to obtaining only that which we can secure for ourselves, on our own.
- OBEDIENCE, which is the evidence of our love for God.
Walk before Me, and be blameless.
Restated: Those who walk with God increasingly make choices of simply obedience to Him, along with increasingly frequent repentance.
- “Walk”: A life lived in His presence, going in His direction, and increasingly holding His hand.
- “Be Blameless” = maturity and completion demonstrated in speech and behavior.
- Cf: Phi 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on…
Why should we seek a life of increasing obedience to God? Because it is through obedience to the Word of God that we demonstrate our love for Jesus.
- John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” = in obeying Jesus’ commandments, as found in the Bible, we demonstrate practically our love for Him, and open ourselves up to experience the love of God for us in a deeper way.
- BLESSING, which becomes an increasing expectation as we begin to understand the magnificent, relentless grace of God.
2 “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly.”