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Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:29:21 -0700
-David Wilkerson.

"Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). The original Hebrew
meaning for walked implies that Enoch went up and down, in and
out, to and fro, arm in arm with God, continually conversing with
him and growing closer to him. Enoch lived 365 years—or, a "year"
of years. In him, we see a new kind of believer. For 365 days each
adult year, he walked arm in arm with the Lord. The Lord was his
very life—so much so that at the end of his life, he did not see
death (see Hebrews 11:5).

Like Enoch, who was translated out of life, those who walk
closely with God are translated out of Satan's reach—taken out
of his kingdom of darkness and put into Christ's kingdom of light:
"Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath
translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son" (Colossians 1:13).

Enoch learned to walk pleasingly before God in the midst of a
wicked society. He was an ordinary man with all the same
problems and burdens we carry, not a hermit hidden away in a
wilderness cave. He was involved in life with a wife, children,
obligations and responsibilities; Enoch wasn't "hiding to be holy."

"Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him"
(Genesis 5:24). We know from Hebrews that this verse speaks
of Enoch's translation, the fact that he did not taste death. But it
also means something deeper. The phrase he was not, as used
in Genesis 5, also means "he was not of this world." In his spirit
and in his senses, Enoch was not a part of this wicked world.
Each day as he walked with the Lord he became less attached
to the things below. Like Paul, he died daily to this earthly life
and he was taken up in his spirit to a heavenly realm.

Yet while he walked on this earth, Enoch undertook all his
responsibilities. He cared for his family: he worked, ministered
and occupied. But "he was not"—not earthbound. None of the
demands of this life could keep him from his walk with God.

Hebrews 11:5 says clearly: "Before his [Enoch's] translation he
had this testimony, that he pleased God." What was it about
Enoch that pleased God so much? It was that his walk with God
produced in him the kind of faith God loves. These two verses
cannot be separated: "Before his [Enoch's] translation he had
this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is
impossible to please him" (Hebrews 11:5-6). We hear this
latter verse often, but rarely in connection with the former. Yet
throughout the Bible and all of history those who walked closely
with God became men and women of deep faith. If the church is
walking with God daily, communing with him continually, the
result will be a people full of faith—true faith that pleases God.

All around Enoch, mankind grew increasingly ungodly. Yet as
men changed into wild beasts full of lust, hardness and
sensuality, Enoch became more and more like the One with whom
he walked.

"By faith Enoch was translated." This is an incredible truth, almost
beyond our comprehension. All of Enoch's faith was focused on
the one great desire of his heart: to be with the Lord. And God
translated him in answer to his faith. Enoch could no longer bear
to stand behind the veil; he just had to see the Lord.

Our brother Enoch had no Bible, no songbook, no fellow member,
no teacher, no indwelling Holy Spirit, no rent veil with access to
the Holy of Holies. But he knew God!

"He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). How do
we know that Enoch believed God was a rewarder? Because we
know that is the only faith that pleases God—and we know that
Enoch pleased him! God is a recompenser, a remunerator, that is,
one who pays well for faithfulness. How does the Lord reward his
diligent ones?

There are three important rewards that come by believing God and
walking with him in faith.

1. The first reward is God's control of our lives. The person who
neglects the Lord soon spins out of control as the devil moves in
and takes over. If only he would fall in love with Jesus, walking
and talking with him! God would soon show him that Satan has
no real dominion over him and this person would quickly allow
Christ to control him.

2. The second reward that comes by faith is having "pure light."
When we walk with the Lord, we are rewarded with light, direction,
discernment, revelation—a certain "knowing" that God gives us.

3. The third reward that comes with a walk of faith is protection
from all our enemies. "No weapon that is formed against thee
shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17). In the original Hebrew, this verse is
translated as: "No plan, no instrument of destruction, no satanic
artillery shall push you or run over you, but it will be done away with."


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