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Walk, Live Healthy, Live Longer

Fitness experts advised us to walk daily to improve our health. Some of the benefits of walking are: maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening your bones and preventing certain diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. However, walking long distances by yourself can be very lonesome and dangerous. It is better to walk with someone who is your guide and protector.

The Bible tells us of some great men who lived very long upon the earth, but they eventually died. However, there was one particular man who did not die. The following verse tells us the reason death had no power over him.

‘And Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and he begat Enoch…. And all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died. And Enoch lived sixty-five years and begat Methuselah. After he had begotten Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch’s life was three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God, and he was not for God took him. (Genesis 5: 18-24).

God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet. Iamge courtesy of wikipedia.org

God took Enoch, as in Genesis 5:24: an illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet. Image courtesy of wikipedia.org

All the men from Seth to Noah lived very long lives from five hundred years to nine hundred years except Enoch, who lived only three hundred and sixty-five years. During his entire life on earth, Enoch walked with God because he had a close relationship with Him.

The Lord was Enosh’s guide and his protector. He had found a place in God which was comfortable, familiar and intimate. As a result, he did not physically die but instead God transported him straight to heaven to be with Him.

Many of us do not want to die, and some of us are even afraid of death. What if it was possible to live on earth until God take you to heaven without you having to die? Do you believe it is possible?

Your answer depends on how you perceive death. I know for sure that you will never die spiritually if you walk with God just like Enoch. If you live until Christ returns, you will not die physically, but you will be transported to heaven immediately.

Whether or not your body die on earth, your soul lives eternally and so it is important that you live a life on earth that is pleasing to God to ensure a place of eternal rest. Therefore, for this father’s day celebration I am advising all men to:

Walk with God

The present world is not a goal; it is a journey;

It is not a passage for the rushed or the hurried.

The strongest and fastest has no advantage,

Because it is not a race.

It is a walk of endurance;

It is a pathway to a destination – the kingdom of God.

The ultimate purpose of your existence.

So take it slowly!

Walk calmly!

Be steadfast!

Move one step at a time.

But before you begin your journey,

Forget not your guide.

The journey is perilous.

Thieves are lurking along the wayside.

They will steal your joy,

They will destroy your flesh and kill your soul.

The route is highly dangerous, so an escort is imperative.

Walk with God.

For the Lord your God will be

Your shield and buckler.

He will be your rock and a stronghold;

A shelter from the storm;

A strong tower from the enemy.

So abide in His sanctuary and rest under

He shadows of his wings.

Walk with God and tread upon the venomous snake.

Walk with God and face the roar of the angry lion.

Walk with God and trample

The young lions and the dragon –

The enemy of your soul.

Walk, and ‘be not’ – demise!

‘For the Lord will satisfy you with long life

And show you His salvation’ (Psalms 91:15)

‘You will not die but live to declare

The works of the Lord’ (Psalms 118:17)

Beverley Wright (September 4, 2012)

Additional References: Psalms 91:4-9; 16:1-3; 61:3-4

Do not walk alone; walk with God

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