From: Francis Harper
Come Walk With Me - Message for 11/3/17
“Behold, my Spirit is upon you; wherefore all thy words will I justify, and the mountains shall flee before you, and the rivers shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me” (Genesis 6:36 IV).
These words spoken to Enoch so long ago, are being spoken to each of us today. He is saying to all—calling all—to come and walk with him in the power of the Holy Spirit. What an invitation!
After one year on earth, most of us learned to walk, physically. It took me about two years! I remember anxiously waiting and watching for that first step of our children. Their muscles had to develop and strengthen. It took time for them to even stand alone. Then we coaxed them to come to us. Finally, they took those first unsteady steps, and we praised them! What great sorrow it is for parents whose children are never able to walk.
Likewise, our Heavenly Father is anxiously waiting and watching for each of us to learn to walk in the Spirit. We need to yield our lives to “the enticings of the Holy Spirit . . . even as a child doth submit to his father” (Mosiah 1:120). The Lord is always ready and waiting to extend his strong arms of mercy and grace to assist us in our walk with him. He neither “slumbers nor sleeps” (Psalm 121).
“And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion [the people of God]. And it came to pass, that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is fled” (Genesis 7:77-78 IV). The King James version simply says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24 KJV).
The people of Enoch, who were caught up to God, are a type and shadow of things to come in the near future. “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that they who are alive at the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who remain unto the coming of the Lord, who are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then they who are alive [like the city of Enoch], shall be caught up together into the clouds [these are simultaneous events] with them who remain, to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17).
Jude also speaks of this great gathering of God’s people. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints . . .” (Jude 1:14). John was also aware of the great gathering of the saints [living and dead] which will soon happen: “For behold, he cometh in the clouds with ten thousands of his saints, clothed with the glory of his Father . . . (Revelation 1:7).
I want to be lifted up to meet the Lord with you! But we will not be worthy to meet the Lord, with his gathered saints, until we have totally yielded ourselves to him and are walking in all his ways, even as the people of Enoch.
“He that saith he abideth in him [the Lord abides in us by his Holy Spirit] ought himself also to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). And the Spirit and the bride [the church] say, Come, And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come” (Revelation 22:7).
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because the people would not be gathered unto him (Matthew 23:36-37). How tragic it is for anyone to refuse when he says, “Come,walk with me.”