“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” - Genesis 17:1
There were many examples given to us of people in biblical times who had walked before the Lord honoring His presence by the lives they lived, and who are great models for us to follow. These are just a few:
Enoch - "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not, for God took him" - "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God." (Genesis 5:25, Hebrews 11:5.)
Noah - "…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God" - "And the LORD said unto Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark, for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation" (Genesis 6:9b, Genesis 7:1).
Job - "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and avoided evil" - "And the LORD said unto Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil?" (Job 1:1, Job 1:8).
Zacharias and Elisabeth - "There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless" (Luke 1:5-6).
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had shown us the most perfect example - "That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him." - "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased" (Acts 10:37-38, Luke 3:22).
Honoring the Presence of God through a Holy Life
Every living and professed believer of Christ is expected to live, behave and conduct themselves in such a way that will bring honor to God, which can only be done as you continue to dwell in His Son Jesus, and obey His word.
If you are holding on to something that is contrary to the teachings of God, or doing something in the presence of God that is disrespectful to God, it is hindering your relationship with God. The very fact that you are refusing to let it go with all the excuses you may have, is clear evidence against your own self that you are allowing "that thing" to stand in the way of your relationship with God.
We therefore encourage you to let go, and get rid of any filth you are holding on to, anything that is in contrary to the teachings of God, and is hindering you from living as God requires, even if you don't think it’s a hinder.
Be determined in your heart that you will live your new life in Christ, the second chance you have been given, as a new man, being faithful and obedient to the commandments God has set forth for His people to live by, that you may have a prosperous and victorious life.
Be faithful to God, who is, has been, and will always be faithful unto you. This is all a loving and caring Heavenly Father requires and desires of His children.
Copyright © 2017 by Gale Wilcox. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.