Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Faith to Move Mountains (part 2 - Examples:Enoch)

Have you noticed the “great ones” were all about pleasing God?  Noah walked with God.  David had a heart for God.  Moses was already pleasing to God and his desire was to know God more so that he could please God more.  Abraham blindly obeyed God which gave him a unique relationship with the Creator, one that pleased God. 

“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Gen. 5:24

Enoch is a man that we don’t know much about, but what we do know exudes a walk and relationship with God that was greatly pleasing to God.  So pleasing in fact that God took him home early.  Why?  Did God need the company?  Was he sparing him from some evil turn later in life?  God took him off this earth and into the presence of God to experience the greatest joy that any child of God will experience, an eternity with God.

How can I live like Enoch?  What lifestyle should I imitate to be found pleasing to God? 

    “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” Heb. 11:5

Enoch was commended as having pleased God.  Then if I can find out how Enoch pleased God, then I can imitate his lifestyle and consequently please God.  Read on...

    “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. “ Heb. 11:6

Faith is the key to pleasing God.  Without it, it is impossible.  Anyone desiring to draw near to God must believe two things: 1) That God exists, 2) That God rewards those who seek Him.

What does that mean?  Believe that God exists.  The demons believe, but do they please him?  God rewards those who seek him.  How?  What reward?  Rewards can be defined a thousand different ways depending on who you are asking.  And then there is that part about “anyone desiring to draw near to God”.  That refers to desire, desire for God, desire to become closer to God.  Of course, only God can give you this desire.  The desire for God comes from him because left to ourselves we run from God.  So, if God gives us the desire, it must be perfect but we taint it, spoil it, diffuse it, minimize it, hide it, squash it, exchange it, ignore it and do anything but foster it, nuture it, and seek it.  The idolatry of self, exchanges the glory of God for the glory of self thereby effectively muting the desire to draw near to the Most High and Holy God.

Does your heart yearn to be “one of those people”?  To be a Noah, Abraham or Enoch.  My heart does.  It simply starts by believing that God exists, without doubt and having faith that God will not ignore you if you are seeking Him. 

Meditate on this concept today.  Be reminded that God exists, always has, always will.  He is exists in the good parts of the your day as well as the difficult parts of your day.  He is always present and He knows everything.  Then think about Moses who was already greatly pleasing to God and he desired more.  Imagine getting to that place...and remember, God will reward those who diligently and earnestly seek Him.  It’s kind of ironic isn’t it?  Why would anyone need to be rewarded for doing the very thing that we were created to do?  Worship and Obey.

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