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The Walk

Jason Sliger
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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason is a former full-time evangelist with Amazing Facts, now pastoring in Northern Michigan. He and his wife, Midori, have two children, Evangeline and Christian who are 3 and 1. His greatest desire is to have an experience like Jesus and be part of helping others be like Him too. He enjoys playing with his kids, photography and, when he can find time, playing the guitar.

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  • December 10, 2016
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Father in heaven. We are humbled that we can be your children. We are humbled Lord that you want to help us we are humbled by the invitation to walk with you not only here in this world but one day on the streets of gold and Lord we look forward to that time we pray that this morning's study would help us in that direction. Less now more and Jesus in these terms mean your Bibles to the Book of Romans Romans Chapter six Romans Chapter six and verse four. I'm going to share with you a little piece of advice this morning. That I believe if you put it into practice by God's grace. You will be in the kingdom of heaven how many of you like that kind of advice. That's really really what we're here for right we're not we're not here to build comfortable buildings comfortable churches although we praise the Lord for our church and and I enjoyed seeing the video last week of some younger versions of you all and. And the whole construction and you know really the masterpiece was how they put together this stained glass window behind were thing for for this but really what we're here for this is just a vehicle to get us to the kingdom of heaven and then. Romans Chapter six and we are looking at verse four the Bible says this is therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death. That like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father. Even so we also should walk in newness of life. It's very interesting that the Christian Experian. It's in the Bible is oftentimes referred to as a walk by we refers to baptism when we are baptized that we rise up again to walk in newness of life Romans chapter eight verse one the Bible talks about not walking after the flesh but after the Spirit efficient chapter five in verse fifteen walking not as the fools but as the winds. The second John verse for walking in faith Romans Chapter thirteen in verse thirteen walking in honesty second Kristine's five seven walking by faith and not by constantly throughout the Bible the Christian experience is referred to as a walk and I think there's a lot of interesting analogies that can be pulled out of the concept of walking when you walk you are getting further away from something but closer to something. Are you not. When you leave your car to go into the store you walk to the store and as you walk in you get further from your car but closer to the store and that's a fitting description of our experience as God's children. We are walking in as we walk we are getting further from the world by God's grace but closer to Jesus a man. We're walking. We're on a journey together. Now I remember one day many years ago before I had children. He had this idea about learning how to walk and we remember when your children first began to walk grandchildren and remember. It's a great experience when your children begin to learn how to walk for the first time and I and as I watched my children learn how to walk. What an amazing experience. It was very he is finally getting to that point now where she can crawl around and she's starting to pull herself up on her feet and I said Oh. Lord have mercy. I'm going to have three of them running around my house now. Right so. They learn that when a child is learns how to walk as a parent. Do you encourage them. Yes or no. Are you sure sure you'd encourage them you want you want and this is a very fundamental thing they need to learn to. Integrate into society they need to learn this process of walking. But here's the interesting thing when a child finally determines in their mind that they want to walk just like everybody else they may not think this but by virtue of making that decision. We want to walk. We are also acknowledging the risk that when we walk we might what is not what happens. You know I used to think that babies were diapers because they fell so much. I have hence been reeducated. But but when you when you learn how to walk you are taking the risk that you might fall and in fact. I really have to say might you will fall but when a child falls when they're learning how walking they fall. Do you say after getting you're never going to get it you must do this keep calling around on all fours. No As a parent. What do you do what do you do you encourage them. Come on you can do this get back up you know you you hold them in you you try to help them and you stand on the other side of the room to encourage them to come over that you do everything you can for them to learn because you realize how important it is to their existence and it's no different in our Christian experience we. Have some who have begun that walk today we have some who have begun that walk not too long ago in the past we had some that are yet to begin that walk in the future when they get baptized. We're all i different experiences but we are all walking. And it's funny that even now that I am thirty seven years old. I still fall physically right. You trip and you fall me. I've been walking for for thirty seven years but yet I still fall. Every now and then. Is it much different in our Christian walk. Turns me in your Bibles to the Book of Proverbs The wise man makes a very interesting statement here. You probably know where I'm going. Chapter twenty four. And verse sixteen Proverbs twenty four. And verse sixteen. The Bible says for the just man. Fall is seven times and rises up again but the wicked shall fall into mischief. What do the righteous and the wicked have in common. They both what they both what they both follow. But they have a fundamental different they deal with their falling in a different way. The Bible says the just land what does he do. What does THE BIBLE SAY HE SAYS THE BIBLE says he rises up again. Of course he gets out. That's what you said but the word that is used is rise up and that's an important word in the Hebrew that word means to endure what is it me. It means to endure and it's very interesting to me that Jesus tells us to march up to thirteen averse thirteen he that endure it unto the end the same show was. So positive. So. Solomon is telling us here a fundamental thing the. It is important to our salvation that if we fall that when we fall that we what we endure we rise up again we don't wallow in our misery we don't stay down there. We don't give up on the whole experience but we rise up again we endure unto the end you here's an interesting thing. The Bible tells about a man back in the Old Testament book of Genesis his name was. Come if you remember him. What do you remember about ina. The Bible says He walked with God in God What God took him but let me ask you a question did he not sin. He sure did. Bible says All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God What did you not do when he sinned what he rose up again he God backed up. He was a just man he endured unto the end and he continued that walk with God he got back up and he continued to move forward drawing closer to God and eventually where did that end up in him being translated into the kingdom of heaven. The just man the righteous man the child of God endures until the end. Listen you are going to fall. You are going to stumble you're going to slip along the way you're going to make mistakes that you regret but the just man the Bible says rise it up again he endures unto the end when you make the decision to walk as a Christian you are acknowledging that at some point you might slip along the way but God will help you to rise up again. Or go with me in your bias to the book of Matthew Matthew Chapter fourteen. I will look at a story I like to try if I can I like to try to find a story to illustrate these different concepts that we see in the Bible. Matthew Chapter fourteen. Verse twenty two Bible says this and straightway Jesus constrained his the cycles to get into a ship and to go before him and to the other side. Well he sent the multitude away and when he had sent the multitude away he went up into the mountain apart to pray and when even was come he was there alone. And the ship was now in the midst of the sea tossed with the waves for the wind was contrary and in the fourth watch of the night. Jesus went unto them. Walking on the sea. Now this was a time when they wanted to force Jesus to become the Messiah and he was dispersing the crowd he told his disciples get into the boat go to the other side. Well he sent the multitude away and I always love the story that when Jesus was on this mountain top experience where they wanted to make him a king here on this earth he departed and he went to the mountain to spend some time with God spent some time in a solitary place but then in the middle of the night as the story is told there is a storm that comes on the lake and Jesus gets out and he walks on the water to go to his decide how do you like have seen that. Well apparently the cycles weren't too thrilled when they saw it. Right. The Bible tells us that they were a little fearful notice what it says as it goes on in verse twenty six and when the disciples saw him walking on this team they were troubled saying it is a Spirit and they cried out for fear but St way Jesus spake unto them saying Be of good cheer it is I Be not afraid we're there for a when they saw Jesus walk on the water. You think you would have been middle of the storm middle of the night winds blowing both chopping around all over the place. Jesus is no longer put into dentally this experience is after that one when Jesus was actually in the boat with them. Remember that time he stood up and said Peace be still. This is after that. Now they're there all alone and they see this mysterious being walking on the one of them says their friend you probably would have been as well. I know I would have. But the best part of the story is now where the Bible says this. Verse twenty seven. But stray with the spoken and same Be of good cheer. It is I Be not afraid. We don't need to be afraid when we are in the presence of God. And Peter answering and said Lord if it be though did me come unto thee on the water. What a prayer request. I mean. Peter. Listen you are a fisherman you understand the physics of water right there in the middle of the storm here and he's saying Lord if it be thou bid me to come unto thee on the water and the next verse is absolutely amazing. Verse twenty nine and he said no you don't get it he said what he said Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship he what walked on the water to. What an amazing experience. Peter walked on water is it possible physically speaking to walk on water. It's not right. If I went to Lake Michigan and said I'm going to everybody. I'm going to walk on water. What's going to happen. You would have said that is not my pastor. But it just doesn't work. It doesn't work that you can walk on water. But here's the amazing thing to. Jesus can speak one word and make the impossible possible. Did you catch that he said Come one word for letters and that one word created the ability for Peter to do the impossible. Now listen carefully you as you walk the Christian experience humanly speaking you are doing the impossible. You can do it on your own there is no way that you can walk the way God wants His children to walk by yourself. You are in the same situation that Peter was in if Peter had just gotten out of the boat he would have sunk. If you try to walk the Christian experience you are going to sink if you do it on your own but all you need is the Word of God to give you the power to do the impossible. Not only the Word of God but you have to believe in the one who is speaking that word it Peter believed Jesus he couldn't Jews could have said come and Peter. It's going to stay here in the bush I know he says it but I don't believe that he can do it. So he had to believe in that word. And as he believed in that word he was able to do what got us. So he says come and Peter does the in. Of all let me break this down for you make it very simple. How do we walk. How do we walk with Jesus. Of course is daily but even make it more fundamental than that when Peter was in the book and Jesus said Come. By Peter's actions. What was he saying to Jesus. Yes or no he was saying yes by his actions he was saying yes I'm going to obey walking with Jesus is very slim. When Jesus asks you say yes when Jesus says this is the way I want you to go. You say yes Jesus when Jesus says this is what I want you to do you say yes Jesus when He said When Jesus says this is something that is not good for you and I want you to give it up you say yes Jesus when God comes and says I want you to rearrange your schedule so that I can spend time with you in the morning so that you can come to church and we can you say yes when Jesus asks you to do something you say yes and in saying yes you are walking with Jesus three simple. It's not a complicated thing saying yes Jesus is walking with Jesus. Now. Of course the story doesn't end there doesn't matter what I said when you learn how to walk you're taking the risk that you're going to let me let me show you how you fall next verse the Bible says that this continue with verse twenty nine and he said Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship. He walked on the water to go to Jesus verse thirty. But when he who is he. But when he saw the winds boisterous he was afraid beginning to sink and cried saying Lord save me. That's right. He took his eyes off. Jesus. How do we follow what is it that causes us to fall. According to the story. What did Peter do. He started looking at the storm around him. He started looking at what was going on around. He saw these big Amory way in the wind and everything like that. And as he saw it fear gripped his heart and he began to lose his foot and slipped back into the water. And as you realize that cold water was coming up his calf up to his knee up to his leg up to his waist as he felt himself sinking into the water. He did the only thing that he knew he could do at that time and that was to cry to Jesus. A simple prayer Lord save me. Verse thirty one. It says this and ten minutes later Jesus stretched forth his hand. And the next day. Jesus came to his aid. Come on now. Correct. The preacher. What does it say. When Peter prayed their prayer Lord save me how quick was Jesus to answer that risk that prayer. Faster than you could think it happened when he cried and said Lord save me. Jesus was there instantly stretch for grabs. Hand and pulled him up on to that solid foundation the just man fall seven times and rise up again. So here's a couple things we walk by believing in the Word of God and saying yes Jesus. It enables us to do the impossible. We fall when we start looking to other things you know what does Jesus say he says Look unto me and be ye be what Look unto me he says and be saved all the ends of the year when I keep my eyes on Jesus. It helps enable my salvation Look unto me he says and be saved. So I fall when I begin to look at things around me. I fall when I start listening to other the other people are saying about me I fall when I start getting attracted by the things of the world. I fall when I get involved in in worldly forms of entertainment. I fall when I take my eyes off of. Jesus. That's how I fall. And when I realize that I'm slipping into the slew of Despond into the quad mire of sin. There is ONE prayer to pray Lord save me. And from the store you can bet that just as quick as Jesus answered the prayer of Peter he will answer your prayer is. Just like that he will be there to answer your prayer. To put you on a solid foundation. A couple more passages and then will close per script in chapter ten. Sometimes we need a bit of a reality check. Person at the instant twelve. And one scripture says this. Wherefore. Let him that think if he's standeth take he lest he fall. If you think you're doing OK. Be careful. That's what Paul is saying if you think you've arrived. Be careful. That's a policy. If you think you're better than other people. Be careful. That's what Paul is saying Let him that think if you stand it take heed lest you fall. The difference between a child learning how to walk and me walking the spiritual walk is that I need my Heavenly Father my Daddy to have his hands underneath my armpits holding me up and helping me constantly to walk. Praise the Lord I don't have to do that much. But that's the difference. I need I need Jesus there to hold me up I need I need that help every day to guide me and to keep me faithful and walk in the spiritual I just can't do it on my own if I do try to do it on my own if I say Daddy please stop. I can do this on my own I'm going to fall. And now to my favorite text. Micah Oh I love this text so much. Micah Chapter seven. Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Jonah and then Micah Micah Chapter seven. Don't miss this one Chapter seven in verse eight. Mark it down. Mark it well in your notes. Micah Chapter seven ever say the Bible says this. Rejoice not against me. Oh mine enemy. When I fall. I shall raw. It's when I sit in darkness the Lord shall be a light unto me Let the people of God say amen. This is what we say to say to him when we fall. Rejoice not against me O. mine enemy when I fall. I shall arise. There is no other option in the mind of the saint. The same does not even entertain the possibility of staying down the same does not even entertain the possibility of giving up on the Christian walk. That is not doesn't even enter into their mind. The only option in the mind of the righteous is to get back up again. We Joyce not against me. Oh mine enemy when I fall. Don't forget that you might need it. This next week if you slip along the way if you stumble along the devil tries to get you to think you just need to give up. When I fall. Arrives this into the steps the Christ page sixty four says this We shall often have to bow down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of our shortcomings. But we are not to be discouraged. Even if we are overcome by the enemy we are not test off not for saken every ject of God know Christ is at the right hand of God who will also make it. Intercession for us. Had you been at that experience where you've had to fall down and weep at the feet of Jesus because of your shortcomings. That's a good place to be your help me Lord help me. I've fallen again I've tried to do it all myself. I've stumbled again. Lord help me remember Jesus loves the answer. It's there ready to give you the strength to do the impossible last text Jude. Book right before revelation. Jude I can't help and and on this Bible passage Jude verses twenty four and twenty five last Bible passage. Jude verses twenty four and twenty five Scripture says this now unto him. That is able to keep you from a like that some translation say stumbling others say falling. Now under him. That is able to keep you from falling and to present you won't listen before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy to the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty don't minion and power both now and for ever. Now and to him that is able to keep you from falling. According to the Bible it is possible to not fall or couple Amiens you like that idea. I know about you but it hurts me when I fall. Hurts my pride but hurt my body as well but according to the Bible. As Christians we can get to the point where we don't fall anymore because the Bible says Now unto him. That is able to keep you for not number anything that I can do it myself but as I grow old to constantly depend upon God I can get to the point where I will no longer fall would you say amen to that. I had victory with the devil can stumble earth trip me up and cause me to stumble and fall along the way where I have perfect confidence not in my power not in the power of the church not in the power of Bible doctrine. Now on the power of anybody else other than God that keeps you from following you believe that's the goal. That's the goal to get to the point where Jesus can't keep from falling. You know Revelation describes that as overcoming the saints of God in the Book of Revelation are described time and time again as over the Pennine upon their daddy to keep them from I want that experience how much of a man. Let's pray Father in heaven. We are so thankful that you've invited us to walk together with you Lord. I've already said it. We can't do this on our own we try we stumble we fall we make mistakes. Rebring we bring. We make YOU look bad in the process and Lord we're tired and we want you to hold us up and keep us from falling but Lord remind us that if we do fall that we shall rise again that we will not let the devil rejoice over us. But that we would rise as conquerors. And as fighters in your army or Bless us on this people we ask you know she's this media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a Visit W W W or.

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