“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen. 5:24). For an obituary of a righteous man, those words seem insufficient; but in reality, they sum up what truly matters. When the Lord calls you home, will it be said of you that you walked with Him? In this message, Dr. Stanley explains how to fellowship with God like Enoch did—daily, faithfully, and obediently. Learn to live your life in step with God. For more messages from Charles Stanley, including this week’s broadcast, go to www.intouch.org/watch


living a godly life which is the

requirement of God the blessing of God

the promise of the help of God is to do

exactly we’re we’re talking about

walking in step with him walking in the

same direction

walking walking in the power of the Holy



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InTouch are you walking with God


when you come to the end of life what do

you want to be remembered for your

kindness your love the generosity your

knowledge your wisdom your abilities and

skills that you knew how to relate to

other people or would they remember you

for your stinginess your pride your

antagonistic attitude your dishonesty

you didn’t love anybody

you’re just an angry person what what

are people gonna say about you when

you’re gone well you may be the kind of

person who says well I hope they don’t

remember anything about me well they

will not much maybe but they will so

well anybody say I don’t know a lot of

things about him what about her but this

I do know he walked with God she walked

with God that much I know about him and

about her how could you have anything

more uplifting and the Christ life than

that to say that somebody walked with

God so let me ask you this how does a

person walk with God how do you know

when you’re walking with God or not so

what I like to do is to give you a brief

statement to just to define what it

means to walk with God to walk with God

means to keep him at this

center of our thinking in everything we

do everything we say everything we think

in our relationships and our finances

our plans and in every area of our life

that’s what it means to walk with God

it’s the wisest way to walk so I want

you to turn for just a moment and look

if you will in Genesis chapter 5 and

here is Enoch about which the Bible says

that he walked with God and then he was

no longer there God took him so look in

the fifth chapter if you will verse 21

Enoch lived 65 years and became the

father of Methuselah then Enoch walked

with God 300 years after he became the

father of Methuselah and he had other

sons and daughters remember that his son

was lived the longest of anybody in the

Bible so all the days of Enoch were 365


Enoch walked with God and he was not for

God took him so if somebody says are you

walking with God I wonder what you would

say would you say yes I am and then if

they said well what are you doing in

order to walk with God could you even

answer that so I want to give you an

answer and I want to give you a list of

things absolutely essential to walking

with God to walking after God and to

walking in a way that pleases and honors

God and brings you the best life that

you could possibly have so the first

thing is this and that is to accept the

Lord Jesus Christ as your personal

Savior that’s the beginning in other

words if I want to walk with God I can’t

even get to God except through his son

the Lord Jesus Christ no man comes to

the Father he said except by me you want

to walk with God come to Jesus face the

cross the resurrection that’s where

walking with God begins anybody who

tells you they’re living a good life and

everything is fine and

rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior

are either ignorant or living in sin and

totally blinded by it so first of all

you have to accept the Lord Jesus Christ

as you say that’s where we get to God so

but if I’m gonna walk with him I’ve got

to be with him how do I get to be with

him by receiving his son forgives my sin

makes it possible for me to have a

personal intimate relationship with him

first step secondly that is I must learn

to listen to him if I don’t listen to

god I’m not gonna follow him if you

don’t learn to pray and to listen to God

you are not going to follow and you’re

not gonna walk with Him and prayer is

absolutely essential this is why I say

so often that is our prayer and

meditation the time we spend alone with


is absolutely essential because when

you’re reading the word and talking to

him and listening to him he’s gonna be

showing you things you listen you’re not

gonna find that any other way somebody

says well I don’t think I need that yes

you do God gave us his word because we

needed to know how to follow him to walk

in his ways and to be obedient to him so

if I’m gonna walk with the god I’ve

gotta listen to him thirdly you’ve got

the trusting if you don’t trust them

you’re not going to follow him and

oftentimes I’ll be talking to somebody

I’ll say we’ll just trust the Lord I am

trusting you well show me how you trust

them and when they get through telling

me they’re not trusting God at all

they’re just hoping and wishing and

bidding and this that the other things

are gonna turn out right and and most of

the time they have they say but they’re

not walking with God to walk with God

I’ve got to listen to him and I have to

trust him if I don’t trust him I’m not

gonna walk with him trust in the Lord

with all your heart lean not to your own

understanding and all your ways

acknowledge him and he will direct your

path so he’s not going to lead me to

walk without following him because

that’s what that passage is all about

trust in the Lord with all your heart

don’t lean to your own understanding in

all your ways acknowledge him and he

will make your paths straight and so if

you’re gonna follow him if you’re gonna

walk with him if you’re gonna be the

person you God wants you to be then

you’ve got to decide at some point I’m

gonna trust them now watch this why do I

put that emphasis on trust because

sometimes in fact many times God will

require something of us that makes no

sense doesn’t fit than me the timings

not right couldn’t be him couldn’t be

her couldn’t be that no no no no no but

God says that’s what I want you to do no

where does he promise us that we will

understand you remember the old gospel

hymn will understand it better and bind

by when the Saints got together at home

well a lot of things we don’t fully

understand here but listen if I’m gonna

walk with Him I’m gonna do what he says

whether I understand it or not and so

you have to decide for what are you

gonna trust him or not

and then of course if you’re gonna walk

with him you’ve got to agree with him if

you don’t agree with him you’re not

gonna walk with him so let me ask you

this have you ever disagreed with God

yes we all have at some point foolishly

ignorantly maybe maybe before we really

were in touch with God the best we could

be and so what happens we think somehow

that we can make everything work what’s

this we’re not taught by the scriptures

that God is to agree with us we’re

taught by the scriptures that we are to

agree with him he’s the one who is

omniscient omnipotent omnipresent then

of course it’s not enough just agree

with it you have to obey Him if you’re

gonna walk with Him you have to obey Him

because he’s gonna require some things

that you’re not gonna like

oh he’s gonna require some things that

you don’t fully understand obedience to

him is absolutely essential and people

oftentimes wonder well why doesn’t God

bless me well then I say well are you

begging him well I think so well like

what for example do you have a private

community you do you talk to him every

day well I’m

you know and they start off with all the

examples reasons why they don’t obey the

Living God obey Him disobedience implies

they are no better than he does now

watch that if I don’t obey God and I’m a

follower of the Lord Jesus Christ god is

my Savior my father if I don’t obey Him

I’m saying I know better than God who is

omniscient and so I’m going this way I

know what he says but this is not too

far off listen one step off is

disastrous if we are to follow him we’re

to walk with Almighty God obedience is

necessary well you say well how much


well partial obedience is what

disobedience so if I’m going to obey Him

I’m gonna do what he says do when he

says do it and the way he says do it


so are you walking with God in other

words is obedience watch this is

obedience a lifestyle for you when you

wake up in the morning your intention is

to obey God today Almighty God is a

leader our guide our God to guide us

every single that we’re to walk with Him

and walking with him means I’ve

surrendered my will and I’m willing to

obey Him because I trust him and because

I trust him I will obey Him because I

don’t trust him is the reason I disobey


so ask yourself the question and I hope

you’ll ask it all the way through this

message am i walking with God or am I

not it’s easy to say I am but there’s

some criterion all we’re doing is saying

let’s give it a test and see if you are

if you’re not dangerous to walk in

disobedience to God but likewise if I’m

walking with him I’m gonna walk in the

same direction he walks if I’m really

and truly walking in his will in his way

I’m obeying him

and I am walking in the same direction

now it doesn’t mean that you are like

somebody else God hasn’t got the same

will for two different people he has a

way for you to walk and what you now

have to do is to know in our heart it’s

best I know my heart Lord I’m walking in

obedience to you I go wherever you want

me to go do whatever you want me to do

and watch this somebody says well I was

saved 40 years ago what’s it got to do

it today

in other words listen every day we have

to make a decision

am I gonna follow him or am I not am I

gonna walk with God around my not you

say well now you mean to tell me I’m to

get ever every day and say am I gonna

follow God no you should get up every

day and say thank you and Laurel I’m

gonna follow you but the power of the

Holy Spirit walking you away whatever

you want today we should wake up

committed to him we walk with God

because that’s who we are we are indwelt

by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit

always leads us to make wise gather

decisions because we’re his children and

we are walking in his spirit and we’re

walking in his path and so obedience is

absolutely necessary

now some ways may seem to be shorter and

faster and cheaper notice I said seem to

be because the ways that seem to be that

way are not God’s ways if I’m gonna walk

in his way and in the direction with him

I’ll have to part ways with a lot of

people probably you can’t have the

world’s friendship close friendship and

walk in the ways of God the world I

didn’t say just anybody in the world

because they’re people who want you to

follow them if you have to follow the

ways of the world you’ll have to lay

down everything we’re talking about you

will not walk with God you’ll not listen

to you want to babe you find yourself

going in the opposite direction so ask

yourself the question am I really

intuitive walking with God or am I just

fooling myself well you certainly don’t

have to stay in step with him if you

walk with him think about it it’s one

thing to go in the same direction but

what about keeping in step and this is

where many people get in trouble they

may be walking in the right direction

but not in step with him oftentimes we

get ahead of him you say well how might

I know that I’m walking in step compass

never fails never fails you listen you

read the Word of God and you’re going to

know whether you’re walking in the right

path or not and if you’re in step with


what does instep mean instep means that

he and I are together living a godly

life which is the requirement of God the

blessing of God the promise of the help

of God is to do exactly we were talking

about walking in step with him walking

in the same direction walking walking in

the power of the Holy Spirit and so many

people wonder why I’m a Christian been a

Christian for years was God letting all

this happen to me and I talk to people

all the time who are going through

difficult problems sometimes they’re

used on the telephone usually or maybe I

meet them and they’ll bring up something

and they can’t figure out why this has

happened to him well if you’ve been

listening to God oh yes

people are quick to say I listen to God

because watch this you listening save in

listening to him and thinking about him

are not the same I can think about him

that’s the mean I’m listening to him if

I’m listening to him I’m gonna think

about him and I am gonna be receptive

and sensitive what is God saying is he

saying slow down is he saying speeded up

is he saying this direction that

direction God is so willing and what the

what do you do your children come along

and one of the first things you do is

you teach them to listen to you

they learn to listen because they go oh

they’re listening

to be obedient to you and that’s all for

their good but when I think about the

whole idea of walking and following our

Lord think about this

you can’t improve on this timing here’s

the reason why because he’s omniscient

think about this he knows all about your

future he knows all about your

opportunities he know hey let’s watch

this he knows every weakness you have he

knows the things that are most

susceptible to you to disobey Him and so

God God has your whole life before him

he knows what’s best he doesn’t want you

to get ahead of him or to lag behind and

so you can trust him about everything

and if you’re gonna walk with God you

have to trust him follow him as we’ve

said about all these other things and

you can’t improve on his timing and so

if you’re going to live a godly life

following him trusting him

listening to him obey Him every single

step is important and then I think one

other thing that’s very important here

and that is I have to love him if I

don’t love God I’m not gonna follow him


not really if you love him what will you

do you want to obey Him if you love him

you’ll wait for his timing if you love

him you’ll keep your ear open to his

heart all the things we’ve said before

are involved in expressing your love for

God walking in his ways in his step

trusting him listening to him all of

those things are a part of loving him

and if I love him I will obey Him so ask

yourself the question am I really and

truly walking with God or am I not

and nobody knows hints of that but you

then I think about if I’m gonna walk

with god I’m gonna forsake sin now what

does that mean that means I’m gonna keep

my heart clean all the time and if

something comes up it causes me to

stumble in my thinking or action I’m

gonna deal with it right then doesn’t

mean you’re gonna be perfect

forsaking sin turning away from it

doesn’t fit who we are doesn’t fit what

God has planned for us and so if you’ll

think about this sin always caused us to

stumble in some fashion of the other are

you walking with God ask him is there

something in your life that you know

shouldn’t be there is there some sin

that just it’s just attached to you you

just think well well one little one

listen I can’t be perfect doesn’t mean

that we are perfect everybody stumbles

along the way you can walk most anywhere

and there’ll be a rock here or a little

hole there and you may stumble but you

keep going you don’t just lie down and

say anything you make changes in your

life when you need to make changes but

if you’re not willing to lay that down

then you’re not gonna walk in obedience

to God you’re not gonna enjoy life’s

best you’re gonna miss out on God’s best

blessing for your life you can’t have

sin and holiness at the same time it

just doesn’t work so if I’m gonna walk

with God I’m gonna pursue a life of

holiness that what does that mean a holy

life is not a perfect life but it is a

life committed to surrender to the

perfect will of Almighty God does it

mean we will always without exception

though there are times that’s why he

says if we confess our sins he’s

faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness John was writing that


so that that’s that’s what we do with

sin we confess it we walk away from it

so you have to ask yourself the question

in light of all of this how many of

these are true in your life if you’re

gonna walk with God all of them all of

them unnecessary so let’s go back to the

first question when God calls you what

will people know you for you may be very

gifted in some areas and you may be very

famous you may be very wealthy you may

be one of many things but will they be

able to say you walked with God only if

you do walk with him and if you do

follow these simple steps of accepting

Christ as your Savior

listening to him trusting him obey him

abiding by his will for your life all of

these issues are part of living in

obedience to him and being a part of the

kingdom of God and make a difference

where you are so ask yourself the

question am i walking with God and you

might conclude at nighttime but before

you if I should ask you do you pray

right before you go to sleep

do you well some of you do the rest of

you in trouble you listen the truth is

why not go to bed every night talking to

God listen if it only takes you a few

moments to look back during the day and

say Lord did I walk with you today and

when you wake up in the morning you

begin to begin the day the same Lord

enable me to follow you today and to

walk with you today and to become what

you want me to be

if you’ve never trusted Jesus Christ as

your Savior which is the first step you

know walking with him and I want to

encourage you to look at your life ask

God to show you what he sees and then

you’re gonna be confessing and repenting

of your sin asking God to forgive you

which he promised that if we confess our

sins he’s faithful and just yeah that’s

a right to forgive us because of the

cross and get your life straightened up

not about what you do but about what

he’s going to do in you and through you

and then start your walk with God look

how long you’ve walked without him you

may be one of those person who says well

I’ve done pretty good without him no

it’s his grace love and mercy that’s

allowed you to come this far he could

take you off the scene in a split second

the issue is are you willing to walk

with God and that’s my prayer for you

father how grateful we are

but that simple verse that says Enoch

walked with God and he was not because

you took him

may it be said of each of us and every

one of us we walked with God do whatever

is necessary change whatever is

necessary to get us back in step with


not ahead of you not behind you just in

step with you in Jesus name Amen

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