Walk

Walk (español abajo)

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

I love this verse because I personally love walking (and praying as I go). My best prayer time and devotions occur when I am walking.  Some like to kneel when they pray, or be in a prayer closet or church.   It doesn’t matter how you pray, what’s important is that we do. Enoc LOVED GOD, and he got to be with God in heaven forever, without going through the pain of death.  How nice!

Enoc walked with God because he believed in God.  If you don’t believe in God you will never seek Him, let alone walk with Him.  Walking with God has a lot to do with praying.  Enoc believed in God and walked with Him every day, even though he couldnt see Him.  This unseen  God was very real to Enoc.  The more Enoc walked with God the more he loved Him.  Enoc trusted Him more and more and poured his heart out to Him.  The more Enoc did that the more he saw how good God is and he loved Him even more.  One day Enoc looked up while he was talking to God and saw that he wasn’t on earth anymore but in heaven. He could also finally look into the loving face of his Heavenly Father for the first time.   Enoc said God  ‘am I in heaven?’ and God probably smiled and said ‘yes Enoc!  Wanna just stay here?’  (thats what I think happened)

There is a strong connection between my walking and my spiritual life (or ‘walk’). When I first went to the mission field I was surprised that it was not like when we went to other countries in the Army.  First off in the Army, we walked everywhere we went, and we slept outside usually.  As a new missionary, walking around by yourself and being outside alone with the ‘natives’ was kind of controlled.  Older, more seasoned missionaries felt responsible for you, so it was understandable.  When things got tough though, I would break out and go for a long walk by myself.  I wouldn’t understand anything anybody said, and they didn’t understand me, but there was a spiritual, magical connection.  Mostly though, I could speak to Godclearly and hear from Him, and usually be able to bring joy to someone along the way. Everything was new and weird.  I called it the ‘national geographic phase’ of my missionary serevice.  I’d return to the stifling, over-regulated mission house happy once again to be on ‘the mission field’.

David, the prophets, the disciples, Jesus, Moses, John the Baptist,  all were great walkers.  They walked alot and communed with God as they went. They saw His wonders in creation, sunrises, sunsets, clouds, stars, trees, laughing children, toothless old ladies breaking out into broad grins etc. and in the process WORSHIPPED THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.  

Once you take a walk everything is ok.  Have you ever heard of someone committing suicide while out on a walk?  I haven’t.  Most of that happens inside a  lonely little space.  So if you’re sad, or feeling like you are loosing your faith, go outside and take a walk.  You’ll be amazed how medicinal it is, mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally..

Walking is solitary.  No one can walk for you.  Walking means more than just your feet moving you forward.  Walking in faith also is a solitary thing. It’s something we must do alone.  Your Christian walk has absolutely nothing to do with church activities.  It has to do with who you are, no matter where you are or who you are with. A lot of well intentioned people will try to tell you how to walk, but I have found that it’s better to just politely block out the noise and focus on how the Lord is showing me to walk.  Usually the noisiest people don’t have a good walk themselves, so they want to burden you. 

It is important to walk how God wants us to walk, to be where He wants us to be, to serve those who He wants us to serve, in the way He wants us to do it. Very rarely will you be led to share your works, because others won’t understand.  A meal or encouraging hug at the right time to the right person might be more valuable for the Kingdom of God than notches in your Bible for someone who you convinced to say the ‘sinners prayer’ or that you paid for someone to study a 4 year degree program at a Bible School.  Walking with God means being led by God every day, in a way God can bless, because you believe in Him, because you seek Him. 

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 

Figuring things out and becoming closer to God is a daily struggle, not a lightening bolt experience.  Some people take longer than others (like me!).  Enoc did it everyday until he was 365 years old.  He didn’t even have his first kid until he was 65.  He took his time, plodding along with God until finally he became so much like God that God just took him.  Beautiful isn’t it?  It didn’t happen over night.  It was a long, slow, delicious process.  Enoc wasn’t following man, opinions, theologies, doctrines, etc.  He was following God Himself, walking with Him faithfully every day.

Romans 8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

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Caminar 

Génesis 5:24 Enoc caminó fielmente con Dios; entonces ya no estaba, porque Dios se lo llevó. 

Amo este verso porque amo caminar. Mis mejores oraciónes y devociónales son cuando camino. A algunos les gusta arrodillarse cuando rezan, o estar en un armario de oración o en una iglesia, ME ENCANTA CAMINAR Y HABLAR CON DIOS SOBRE LA MARCHA.  Creo firmemente en lo que la Fe en Dios puede hacer, incluso en estos días en que la palabra ‘fe’ está mal vista, incluso por los religiosos. Sobre todo, AMO AL SEÑOR Y QUIERO ESTAR CON ÉL. Enoc tuvo que estar con Dios sin pasar por el dolor de la muerte. 

Enoc creía en Dios. Lo sabemos porque Enoc caminó con Él fielmente. Si no crees en Dios, nunca lo buscarás. Nunca puedes ser fiel. La gente dice que no creen en Dios porque pidieron un milagro y no lo obtuvieron. Al igual que las personas que no creen en las curaciones milagrosas, nunca verán una curación milagrosa. Tiene sentido, ¿no? 

Hay una fuerte conexión entre caminar y espiritualidad. Cuando fui por primera vez al campo misionero, me sorprendió que no fuera como cuando fuimos a otros países del Ejército. Primero en el ejército, caminamos a todos lados y dormíamos afuera usualmente. Como un nuevo misionero caminando solo y estando afuera solo con los ‘nativos’ estaba algo controlado. Los misioneros mayores y más experimentados se sentían responsables por usted, por lo que era comprensible. Sin embargo, cuando las cosas se ponían difíciles, salía a dar un paseo largo. No entendería nada de lo que nadie dijera, y ellos no me entendieron, pero había una conexión espiritual y mágica. Sin embargo, sobre todo, podía hablar con y escuchar a Dios con mas claridad.  Generalmente podía alegrar a alguien en el camino. Todo era nuevo y raro. Yo lo llamo la “fase geográfica nacional”. Regresaría a la sofocante casa misionera, feliz una vez más por estar en el campo misionero. 

David, los profetas, los discípulos, Jesús, Moisés, Juan el Bautista, todos eran grandes caminantes. Caminaron y comulgaron juntos como uno. Además, hablaron con Dios y le cantaron a El. Vieron sus maravillas en la creación, amaneceres, puestas de sol, nubes, estrellas, árboles, niños, ancianas sin dientes que estallaron en grandes sonrisas y ADORARON AL CREADOR DEL UNIVERSO. 

Una vez que salgas a caminar, todo estará bien. ¿Alguna vez has oído hablar de alguien que se suicidó mientras salía a caminar? No! La mayor parte de eso ocurre dentro de un pequeño espacio solitario. Entonces, si está triste o siente que está perdiendo su fe, salga a caminar. Te sorprenderás. 

Caminar en la fe también significa hacer lo mismo todos los días, de una manera que Dios puede bendecir, porque crees en Él, porque lo buscas. Resolver las cosas, cada vez más mas cerca a El.

Enoc lo hizo todos los días hasta que tuvo 365 años. Ni siquiera tuvo su primer hijo hasta que cumplió 65 años. Se tomó su tiempo, caminando con Dios hasta que finalmente se parecía tanto a Dios que Dios simplemente lo tomó. Hermosa no es así? No sucedió rapido, fue un proceso largo, lento y delicioso. Enoc no estaba siguiendo a los hombres, opiniones, teologías, doctrinas, etc., estaba siguiendo a Dios mismo, caminando con Él fielmente todos los días. 

Romanos 8 Por lo tanto, ahora no hay condenación para los que están en Cristo Jesús, que andan no según la carne, sino según el Espíritu.

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