Walking with Jesus

“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 ASV

Let’s start in prayer: Dear heavenly father, as we read this, open our eyes and understanding; give us ears to hear what you are saying. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Walk.  I love to: walk, take the dog for walks, and go to the gym and walk on the treadmill. Current events show people walking, holding signs, and walking with a purpose.  So let’s talk about walking.  Where do we walk? Why do we walk and how do we walk? We = being followers of Christ. 

The verse above says that God will speak to us and tell us when we are on the path and if we veer off, he will tell us to get back on it. He will tell us to walk to the left or to the right exactly when it is time to walk to the left or the right. 

The word walking may indeed mean literally walking in some verses. In some it is a symbol of how you live your life. And in some verses it means both. Faith often takes an obedient action to make it happen – like you can’t just pray inside your head for your mountain to move, but rather you must SAY (there is the action) “Mountain be moved!” It is so similar for walking – our faith shall make us move. Walking is definitely a literal as well as symbolic word for our world today.

Where?

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

Go to all nations, all people, and go everywhere you can. This blog can reach everywhere in the world that has internet.  I can’t physically go (at least not right now with a global pandemic and limited resources).  Thank you Jesus that this verse doesn’t say to walk to all nations.

Jesus walked a lot – the disciples walked a lot – the Apostle Paul walked a lot – the Israelites walked for 40 years in the wilderness – and granted it was the main form of transportation in those days.

Why?

The verse above also says to go and why” “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” – but let’s get into it deeper. Jesus healed, forgave and redeemed.  The disciple also healed – in the name of Jesus. They taught Jesus’s forgiveness and the life changing power of redemption and turning away from sins. If we are Christians we should be doing the same.

“The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Matthew 11:5 KJV

Christians are followers of Christ. How can we follow a man who walked on Earth almost 2000 years ago (died and rose again then ascended to heaven)? Sometime I like to seriously think about it. We cannot see him. How do we follow him?  We have the Word of God and we know the Word of God is also Jesus. And Isaiah said (above) that God will guide us with his voice. But the 12 disciples actually saw Jesus in the flesh. However, if we walk really walk, the way we were told to walk, we shall know Him without seeing Him. He will reveal Himself and Make His completed work manifested in our lives.  We do not need to see to heal the blind but we need to walk to heal the lame.

How?

So how do we walk? The Bible has no shortage of answers to that question. Here are a few:

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” Ephesians 5:8 ESV

Since I talked about love and light yesterday, I won’t get back into it. But let’s discuss the following two more: walk by faith and walk in spirit.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NAS

NOT by sight. We cannot see Jesus here on earth anymore. We cannot see angels or demons.  We cannot see the spirit world.
Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.

Children believe every silly story you tell them and it takes quite a few years before they learn the difference between real and make-believe.  The Bible says we need to believe like children. Simply because the Bible says it, I believe it.  The difficult park about that is actually getting there.  I find I have to talk myself into it some days. Sometimes I just repeat: “His word says it and I believe it” and repeat it until I believe it. God says we can ask for help believing.  Thomas believed, yet doubted the resurrection and Jesus mercifully showed Thomas Himself.  Jesus will reveal Himself to each of us the way He needs to. You just have to try to believe.

As I talk about often – I am praying some huge prayers. Prayer for lives to be transformed. Prayers that require perseverance.  I cannot see any progress, and if I think I saw a glimpse of progress, the enemy covers it up with chaos and sin.  But the Bible says God is working on those prayers. Right now as I type, God is deep inside of those love ones, whom I pray for, and he is working. Right now as you read this, God is slowly manifesting His completed work in my love ones lives.  The Bible says he is and therefore He is!  Can I get an Amen?!

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 KJV

Walk in the spirit; live in the spirit. I already said we cannot see the spirit world – so how do we live there? I don’t know. So many times I am able to look past my earthly problems as see God’s hand in it. I see the greater purpose. I have peace about it and I know God is in it.  The spirit is there – past the distractions of this day. It is also close, deep inside you.

Galatians 5:16-26 talks all about overcoming your flesh in order to walk in the spirit. It’s a great passage to dig into. (I have previously in this blog and may do it again, but not today).

As we think about walking – of course there was the bonus round of walking:

“Shortly before dawn, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea.”  Mathew 14:25 ISV
Peter saw it and was eager to do it Himself. You see, with Christ – eyes steadfast on Him – we can do all things! Yes, I believe if Jesus could walk on water and Peter could for a couple steps – than so can I! I am not sure what it would accomplish, and I am sure I have not told to by that voice behind me as describe in the first verse I have quoted today.

The point of all this walking is that Jesus came to transform us.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 NAS

We can then being transformed through Christ, walk in newness of life.  If you are not walking with Jesus (having a friendship with him) Please click the link below.  If you have already asked Jesus to be in your life, yet you are not walking in this newness – seek Him. Maybe you aren’t walking close enough with Him, maybe you have started to walk away without realizing it (ignoring that voice which is telling where to walk), and maybe you realize you have walked away and need to come back.

There is therefore now no condemnation – be covered in grace and turn (away from sin) towards our redeemer! Then walk this way: walk healed like the lame, walk in love and light, walk in faith and God will help your unbelief, and walk in the spirit and truth, and walk in newness of life.

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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