And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
As I was in prayer this past week to prepare a message for Sunday night service, the Spirit of the Lord impressed upon me to preach on the evidence of the Rapture. Elijah and Jesus are described in the Bible as being caught up by the Spirit of the Lord into heaven. Phillip the Evangelist, was seized by the Spirit and transported over 37 miles in an instant. But as I studied this, the Spirit of the Lord kept bringing back the name of Enoch. I had first thought about preaching from another portion of scripture, but I found that the Lord would not allow me to preach from anywhere other than from Genesis 5:24.
Enoch’s name is defined by Strongs as “initiator”, and as “follower”.
I wasn’t entirely sure what the Lord was trying to tell me at first. But as the message was delivered, the Spirit of the Lord began to open up the scriptures. An initiator is someone who actively initiates something. They are not just static, they are a dynamic force. They are in action. An initiator needs something to initiate. In this case, we are talking about initiating a relationship. Enoch did not wait for the Lord to come to him. He was actively initiating his relationship with God. This is the kind of relationship God desires from us. We need to be active in seeking Him daily. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
It is likely that Enoch fasted and prayed often in order to initiate this godly relationship. I can imagine that as he woke up each and every morning, Enoch would begin the process of crying out to the Lord and seeking Him. This is what the Lord desires. A heart that is constantly seeking Him. We are so caught up in our daily lives and concerns that we often forget to develop and nurture this relationship with God. For us this requires prayer, fasting, the reading of His Word — and then initiating that Word in our lives. We are not merely called to be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word! Initiation requires action!
Enoch’s action was to follow. Following is an action. It is a response to a leading, or a leader. No one can follow unless there is a leader to follow. Ask yourself today, Who or what am I following? What path am I being led on. Jesus Christ is the way. His path is a path of righteousness. To follow any other path will only lead to hell and destruction. The heart is a deceitful thing to follow. The heart of man is self-indulgent. It seeks only the pleasure of this life. Christ says that any man who is willing to lose his life shall find it. In other words, whoever is willing to lay down the pleasures of this world will grab hold onto the eternal life that God offers through His Son Jesus Christ. There are no shortcuts to heaven. There is one who has laid down the path and we must follow that same path. And it is a path of obedience to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Disobedience to God’s leading is rebellion. Enoch followed God with his whole heart and mind.
What is the lesson of this? It’s simply this. If we, as a Christian, hope to be part of the blessed hope, the Rapture, then we must do two very basic things: initiate and follow! We are to love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, and soul.
Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him. I know someday I would want it said of me by those who may be left behind, Derek walked with God and he was not for God took him. Don’t you want it said of you also? Initiate your relationship with Him, and then follow Him with all your heart. This is the type of man/woman God wants with Him in Glory.
God Bless You, Beloved.
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