WEEK 4 - June 2nd, 2019

Post Featured Image

WEEK 4 - June 2nd, 2019

Hebrews 11: 5-6 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. 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.


Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Faith That Endures For Kids



DAY 1

Hebrews 11: 5-6 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. 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.

Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God, but with the fall came alienation, and a fracturing of relationship. Seven generations later came Enoch, and the Bible says he ‘walked with God.’ In Hebrew, walking means both movement and relationship. If you walk with someone you are traveling at the same pace, on the same path, to the same destination. You are together, experiencing communion and fellowship. There is an intimacy and a companionship implied. This means that Enoch was daily, moment to moment, in close relationship and intentional fellowship with God.

We know with our minds that God is omnipresent, all-present, we know that He is omniscient, all-knowing. But in the vastness of this sovereignty we forget that His all-presence means He is always with us personally, and that because He is all-knowing He understands our every thought and emotion. Practicing the presence of Jesus means intentionally remembering His presence and communing with Him when we’re stuck in traffic, washing dishes, sending emails or sitting in meetings. The possibility for this fellowship with God is there, and we so often go about our days blind and deaf to it.

“Let the presence of God be thy one desire; the will of God thy one choice; the help of God thy one trust; the likeness to God thy one hope. Let every day, the most ordinary one, the most difficult one, be a day with God, as one of the days of heaven upon earth, a day of which faith is the beginning and the end.” – Andrew Murray

Lord Jesus, help us to seek you in the everyday moments of this life. Help us to remember that You are with us every second, and to seek You and find You in the everyday moments of this life. You are walking through this life with us; help us to take Your hand and to walk with You in fellowship and intimacy. In Your Name we pray, Amen.




DAY 2

Hebrews 11: 5-6 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. 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.

Every person on this planet has a deep craving for connection. We seek to fill that desire in different ways, but it’s always there. We seek closeness, intimacy, and want desperately to feel understood. Today’s culture often preaches that we need to squelch this desire, that we should be completely independent and content with only ourselves. But this desire isn’t a bad thing. It’s an echo of why we were created, and who we were created to be in relationship with. Tim Keller said “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything.”

Only God can fill this void in our hearts for relationship and connection. C.S. Lewis said that “The fact that our heart yearns for something earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” When we try to satisfy this longing with people, careers, money, success, fitness, or health, we will always be left feeling empty and disappointed.

Enoch walked with God. He had an intimacy with God that satisfied his need for connection. He was in daily communion and fellowship with the God he was created to worship, and who loved him deeply while knowing him fully. Friends, this is the relationship you can have today. Cling to the Lord and seek to daily walk with Him.

Lord Jesus, thank you that you are ever present to us. Thank you that at every moment we can reach out and talk with you, be with you, commune with You. Help us to live in light of this. I pray that we would not let this reality be dull to us, but that we would ever be awed by Your loving kindness and grace towards us. Thank you that the only intercessor we need is Jesus and that You have sent Him to bridge the gap so that we could have this fellowship with You. The veil is torn. Thank you. In His Name, Amen.



Day 3:

Hebrews 11: 5-6 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. 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. 

What does walking with God look like? How can this closeness with God be attained? A large part of walking with God is experienced in our thought life, and our mindset. When bad, good, terrifying, or surprising things happen in your life, is your first instinct to immediately take it to God? Is it to ask Him why, thank Him, grieve with Him? When hard decisions come our way, do we make them based on our emotions, rationality, or circumstances, or is our first thought to ask our Father what He would have us do, and to consider deeply how the truth of the gospel should play out in terms of everything we do? Romans 12:2 says to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Because of the fall, our minds aren’t wired this way. We’re often distracted by the world we see around us and our own selfish needs, and our thought life is not reflective of a close relationship with our Savior. Our minds must be renewed by Jesus in order for this to be a reality.

But, walking with God is also more than just a state of mind, or a way of thinking. This perspective that starts in our mindset plays out in how we live in this world. It means an active prayer life, it means reading the word daily as more than just a checked box, and it means intentionally being a part of a gospel-driven community and living in fellowship and accountability with other believers who will help drive you to Jesus and away from your sin.

Walking with God is more than a list of dos and don’ts. It’s more than sitting in your house and meditating on deep, powerful truths. It’s having your entire life saturated by the gospel you believe and live by, every thought, every word, every action in close step with who God is, and what He has done for us. It’s a relationship.

Dear Lord, help us to seek You above all. Give us the desire to walk in close step with You in our thoughts, words, and actions. Help us to seek You more than the things You give us, and to truly invest in a deep, abiding friendship with You as the most important thing in our lives. Help us to be like Enoch, and to walk with You all of our days. In Your Name we pray, Amen.



Faith that Endures for Kids

Genesis 5:21-23 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not for God took him.

Hebrews 11: 5-6 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. 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.

I want you to think about something I know you’ve done before. I want you to think about going on a walk with your dad, or mom, or grandma, or grandpa. Sometimes you know where you’re going, sometimes you don’t. Sometimes it feels like they walk too slow, or too fast. No matter what, what’s your job? You just need to hold onto their hand, trust them that they know where you’re going, how fast you need to get there, and you just keep walking along with them, right? When you’re with them you should feel safe, like they’re taking care of you, and that they’re listening to you.

The Bible doesn’t say very much about a man named Enoch, but one of the only things it does say is that “Enoch walked with God.” Walking with God is kind of like this. Sometimes, you don’t know what He’s doing, or where He’s going, sometimes it feels like you can’t catch up. But your only job when you’re walking with God is to trust Him.

The Bible also tells us that Enoch didn’t die, but that God came and took Him to heaven. It says that Enoch pleased God. Do you kids want to please God? I know I do. The Bible tells us that Enoch pleased God because he trusted Him, and that it’s impossible to please God without faith. It says if you want to be close to God, and to walk with Him you have to first believe that He exists, that He’s real, and that He rewards those who want to be close to Him.

So if you want to be close to God, you have to first believe that He’s real. Then you have to trust Him like you trust your mom or dad when you’re walking with them and stay close to Him your whole life. He will always take care of you.

Jesus died on the cross to pay for all of our sins so that we would get the chance to be able to be with God like Enoch was.