TOPIC: Walking With God – By David Ibiyeomie
The power of walking with God is to have His nature. When you carry God’s nature, you naturally command attention. You cannot walk with God except you have His nature.
Amos 3:3 -Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
1John4:8 – He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
You cannot walk with God except you have His love nature. God is not prayers; He answers prayers. God is not miracles; He performs miracles. God is love. God’s nature is the love nature. To say you have the nature of God means you are not going to be selfish because self is the opposite of love and God’s nature is not selfish.
In Gen 3:8-13, God came down in the cool of the evening to fellowship with Adam and Eve but selfishness drove Adam and Eve away from God to sin. When you no longer walk in the nature of God, you end up looking for who to blame like Adam and Eve did.
Gen. 3:12-13 – And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, what is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
You can’t say that you stole because of the hardship in the land; it is not true because there are people that have passed through worse conditions but never stole; stealing is a habit. Anything that leads you to do evil is as a result of ‘SELF’.
Selfishness is what draws man to evil because it is the nature of the fallen man; always looking for who or what to blame instead of accepting responsibility for the habits.
God wants you to come out of SELF so you can show love to Him and humanity in general. God will always demonstrate His nature through love. He came to meet the first man, Adam, to demonstrate His love to him. He came again through Christ to render love to humanity.
John 3:16 -For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Love is the point of self-sacrifice. Caring for others is the true proof of love. Every time self is destroyed, God is enthroned and where the love of God is enthroned, sin is also dethroned.
An unexpressed love is a dangerous love. God’s kind of love is not passive but active. Any love that is not expressed from you is fake. Love reaches out from within towards others. A self-centered person is heading for destruction. The reason for corruption is the nature of the fallen man. God’s nature steps out of self to step into others.
The rich fool in Luke 12:15-21 was so selfish that God described him as a fool for thinking of himself alone. That same night, he died. Every time you are self-centered, you are heading for a crash. Those who have true compassion will always be moved to action. Love is being warm, caring and affectionate towards people. God will never multiply you until you are dead to self.
The true nature of love involves giving up your will to the will of God. Love starts with when you submit your will to His own will whether it is convenient or not. If you decide to destroy self, you will always pass through temptation and challenges but the end result will always be glorious. There is no man that will want to truly love God that will not have tests. Trials will come to challenge your love for God. One test of true love is that you must refuse to compromise.
Daniel 3:16-19 -Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was won’t to be heated.
If you love God, there will be heavy challenges to test your love but refuse to compromise; even when you are under pressure.
God bless you