Standing Alone & Walking With God
Genesis 6:5-9; Deuteronomy 5:33
8-26-13, * -- To be faithful as a Christian in an evil day, we must learn to stand alone. We will repeatedly face pressure to violate our Christian standards and go along with the crowd. Mankind faces constant pressure to compromise their faith:
There is probably no greater example of a man who stood alone with God in an evil day than Noah. God, sees the heart of every person and saved only Noah and his family from the great world flood; all others perished. “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Through repetition, the text underscores several points. Twice (Genesis 6:11, 12) it mentions that the corruption on earth was in the sight of God.
However, in mankind's eyes, “awe... things weren’t so bad.” They viewed themselves as progressive; but God viewed them as putrid. It’s God’s view, not man’s -- that matters. [..]
If we don’t consistently spend time alone with God in His Word and in prayer, we don’t have focus and strength to walk with Him. Without His strength we will not be able to stand alone as Noah did. The Apostle Peter writes that just as the early world was destroyed by the flood, so “the present heavens and earth by [God’s] word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (2 Pet. 3:7). His conclusion is, “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).
God has said that this evil world is doomed. (Revelation 21:1) He has promised “a new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). Like Noah, in light of God’s warning of judgment and His promise of deliverance in Christ; we must direct everything in our lives--our time, our money and our goals to Him. (John 14:6; Revelation 4:11)
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Stephen J. Cole here
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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