Walking with Jesus
By Brian Pepper
There is no question but that we are living very close to the end
of time. The tragedy is that there seems to be an indifference to
this, not only in the world, but in the Church also. Many of our
churches no longer have a prayer meeting, that is rather sad. It is
good that the Sabbath meetings are well attended. But there are many
who are not having that vital connection with the LORD that is so
essential in these days of peril. God's people need all the
spiritual help they can get. That is why St Paul urges us to come
together as often as we can for the encouragement that fellowship
with Christians gives us.
Blinding the minds of Christians
Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as the manner of some is but exhorting one
another and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
That is good counsel, especially for the times in which we are
living when the world that we live in seems to be falling
apart. Disaster after disaster, tragedy after tragedy, the horrific
things that are happening to our innocent children. Everything that
is happening today is a solemn warning that the end of all things is
close at hand. But the said thing is that Satan is behind the
scenes. Not only is he causing the upheaval that we are witnessing
but the Bible tells us that he is actually blinding the minds of
some Christians so that they are unable to see the need of a more
consecrated life and a closer walk with our LORD.
Perfect People walking with God
The Holy Scriptures tell us that those who will be translated
from this earth at the coming of Jesus will be perfect people, they
will be a sanctified people.
Revelation 14:5 says, "And in their mouth was found no
guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God."
That is the kind of people who will be walking on the streets of
gold. Before they were translated, they kept close to the Saviour.
Genesis 5:24 tells us about Enoch, "And Enoch walked with God:
and he was not; for God took him."
Enoch walked with God
I was surprised to find that Enoch was a family man. Somehow or
other I always had the idea that he was a hermit, or something like
that, a lone man, a man with time on his hands, free from the cares
and troubles of this world. Haven't you felt that if you were able
to get away from the things of this life, that the solitude, the
peace would bring you much closer to God. Yes, I was surprised that
Enoch was a family man, that he had a number of children (Genesis
5:22). So if Enoch could walk with God surrounded by crying babies
and domestic troubles, so can you and I.
People will often say "I find it so hard to keep up my
spiritual experience, troubles seem to crowd in to my life and I
lose out here and I lose out there."
I suppose that many of us have had this experience. However if we
are to maintain our walk with God, we must feed our minds on
Spiritual Food needed each day
A man attended a series of Revival meetings being conducted by a
famous evangelist. One night a call was made for folk to give their
testimony. The man got up and he said, "I have received great
help from these meetings and I feel sure that what I have learned
from these meetings will last all my life." I want to assure you
that no matter how good these Revival or Evangelical meetings may
be, they are not sufficient to last a lifetime. It is just like
trying to eat enough breakfast at one sitting to keep you going for
a lifetime. It is absolutely essential for you and for me to take in
spiritual food each day and the more that you study the Bible the
firmer your faith will be.
Here is a wonderful text, one that we can treasure,
6:22, "When thou goest, it shall lead thee: when thou sleepest,
it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."
The promise is that the Word of God will guide you. It will
watch over you and it talks to you.
A lady was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, so she went to
consult a very famous specialist. She told the doctor her symptoms
and there was a long list of them. The doctor listened to her story.
He asked a few questions, then arose from his chair, walked back and
forth and said, "What you really need madam, is to read the Bible
and especially the Gospels". The lady was quite indignant. She
felt that the specialist should have prescribed bottles of medicine
and pills. She went away very hurt and aggrieved. However after a
few days she started to think the doctor's advice over. She was a
church member but social duties and worldly cares had crowded out
her study of the Bible. She decided to take the doctor's advice. A
month later she came back to see the doctor. "Well", he said
as he looked at her face, "I see that you have been following my
prescription." Then turning to the desk he picked up a well worn
Bible then he turned to the lady and said, "If I were to omit my
daily reading of this Book, I would lose my greatest source of
strength and skill." And how true that is.
Prayer and Bible Study needed
There is a time coming when we will need to cling more and more
to our Bibles. Jesus has warned us that the deceptions of the last
days will be so strong and so real that many will leave the truth.
Matthew 24:24 says, "For there shall arise false
Christs and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders;
insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very
elect." With a warning like that we cannot afford to neglect the
study of God's Word.
We need to constantly study the Bible. I assure you that there is
nothing more important than Bible study. And there is a very good
reason for this. For when I pray, I talk to God, but when I read the
Bible, God is talking to me. So you can see how important that is.
For we need to know what God has to say to us.
Prayer is important, but Bible study and prayer are more
important. For then you have the perfect situation. You are talking
to God and God is talking to you.
Matthew 4:4 says, "Man shall
not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the
mouth of God." I am sure that most folk prefer eating fresh
bread for it tastes better than stale bread. Stale bread is only
suitable for making toast. And so it is with the spiritual life. One
needs to have a fresh intake of the Word of God. People are usually
very concerned about their food and clothing. They do not want to go
short of the good things of this life. But the sad thing is that
they are starving their spiritual life. They are losing out with
Bible study. They are not taking in the spiritual food that they so
badly need. And as I have just mentioned, if we do not study God's
Word then God cannot speak to us. For He speaks to your heart and to
mine through this avenue.
Another thing that is very important, and that is unless we
understand and know what is in the Word of God, we could be swept
away by the delusions of the last days. What a tragedy it would be
if through the neglect of studying the Bible we should lose our way
and our hold on Jesus Christ. We need to read our Bibles selecting a
passage of Scripture that meets our need. Something that is suitable
for the occasion.
God will be with us in trouble
When my wife was to have a gall bladder operation, she found the
promise given in
Isaiah 41:10 a great comfort, "Fear not, for I
am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen
you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right
hand." (New King James Bible) It is wonderful to know that the
LORD has promised to be with us as we face the trauma of an
operation or some crisis in our lives, that He will strengthen us
and put His hand in ours. For those who are finding the way hard
financially, especially in the present grim economic climate, the
LORD has a word of encouragement.
Psalm 37:3 says, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so
shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."
Yes, if we put our trust in the LORD, He will feed us. We will not
Let no man take thy Crown
With wonderful promises in the Bible like that you would think
that church folk would be anxious to claim them as their own. The
sad thing is that there are those who do not even read those
promises, let alone claim them. We need all the encouragement that
we can get, and the promises are there to do just that. All we need
to do is to read them and treasure them in our hearts.
Revelation 3:11 says, "Behold, I come quickly: hold
that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." We must
hold on till the end. It is vital that we do this. "Let no man
take thy crown", this is a very solemn warning. There is a
danger that by looking to man we could lose our crowns. We must keep
our eyes on Jesus, we must stay close to Him. Turn your eyes upon
Jesus. Look full into His wonderful face. And the things of earth
will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.