Sunday, April 26, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009, "Just Taking A Walk"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"And Enoch walked [habitual fellowship] with God after the birth of Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were 365 years. And Enoch walked [habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]."
~ Genesis 5:22-24 ~

As I listened intently to the message at church; the analogy that our Pastor Stephen gave was genius, yet simple.

The title of the message, 'Just Taking A Walk'...

He indicated that 'The Cambridge Community Development'
http://www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/et/ped/ped_hlth.html did a study on the 'Health Benefits of Walking', the benefits included:

"Walking is good for your heart. A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day--can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%. This is the same benefit you would get from aerobics, jogging, or other vigorous exercise. The benefits to men are comparable.

Along with its benefits to the heart, walking:
-improves circulation
-helps breathing
-combats depression
-bolsters the immune system
-helps prevent osteoporosis
-helps prevent and control diabetes
-helps control weight (see below)

Studies have also shown that people are most likely to stick to exercise when it is part of their daily lives..."

Did you notice what that last statment just said? "People are most likely to stick to exercise when it is part of their DAILY LIVES..."

Our pastor simply stated that just as the maintenance of walking is proven most effective when it is part of the daily life, so it is when we are 'walking' daily with the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. I truly appreciated his 'tying together' the physical and spiritual similarities...they go hand in hand.

When we walk daily with the Lord we become more aware of the things we speak, do, and how we interact with our family, friends and strangers. We are able to 'fight the good fight of faith', especially when it is most difficult. When do we 'fight the good fight of faith' most? When there is great opposition.

I need to be walking daily with the Deliverer, our God so that I will never be the same from one day so that I may be able to help others along the way for His glory. Our healing is not just for our benefit so that we can say we are healed, it's so that we can be a blessing to someone else on this earth for His magnificient purpose.

I want to walk daily with Him and watch my circulation improve with His compassion brewing and flowing forth.
I want to walk daily with Him and watch my breathing become different as I breathe in His Word and Breathe Out Life.
I want to walk daily with Him and watch how it combats depression as I see evidence of His Joy manifesting in my life in place of my mourning and sadness.

When I get tempted to believe my circumstances more than what God says of my situation, I know I need to go on my 'walk' with God to remind myself of what I need to do...humble myself. God said to 'humble ourselves'....He didn't say to "Ask God to help humble you." It's something we do on our own. As we humble ourselves, we become a 'was not' as Enoch did. He walked daily with God and he 'was not', as Pastor Stephen plainly 'put' it. Not only in the literal sense, but also in how God was truly magnified in Enoch's life in ways I could never imagine.

It is truly amazing when we walk daily with Him, we humble ourselves before Him, automatically our perception of who we are increases greatly.

Our 'esteem' of who we are increases as our pride decreases in humbleness.

Let's go walk with Him today and experience the glorious benefits of His presence.

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