WALKING WITH GOD
By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
It is possible to walk with God. Examples of individuals walking with God are given in the Bible. God gives a qualification: “You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:2-3). Speaking to the Jews, God tells why He dealt harshly with them at times. They were the only nation He had “known.” Obviously God knows about all peoples, but this speaks of a special relationship. God's purpose in chastening the Jewish nation was to bring about their agreement with Him. Only when in agreement can two individuals or nations walk together. That is also true of those who would walk with God.
How does a sinner come to agree with God? He can do nothing of himself that will even please God. Proof: Paul wrote, “...they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” (Romans 8:8). It must be that God has a way of bringing sinners into agreement with Him. He has given us His Word, the Bible, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” (1 Corinthians 2:14). So then the lost sinner will not and cannot receive Bible truth is a spiritually profitable way. He may know certain facts, but that is the extent of his experience. Until the Holy Spirit makes the sinner alive, the sinner has no ability to understand the Bible because it is “spiritually discerned.”
If we would walk with God we must be made to agree with what God says. Truth is what God says about a thing: not what some man says or thinks regardless of his appearance. The Bible warns us of men who go about, “...transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works,” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). That preacher who claims to be teaching the Bible may in fact be one of Satan's ministers for they have the ability to look like “ministers of righteousness.” Beware!
The acid test of any man's religion and teaching is this: is it in agreement with the Bible? In the last few hundred years many men and women have come upon the scene who have successfully fabricated their own doctrines. We say successfully because some of them have large followings. “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of,” (2 Peter 2:1-2). Believe only what the Bible teaches!
Grace Bible Baptist Church
26080 Wax Road
Denham Springs, LA 70726