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June 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm #872JamieKeymaster
Read Genesis 5:21-24 & Hebrews 11:5-6 – How did Enoch please God? How can we please God today? How can we “walk with God” as Enoch did?June 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm #904AnonymousInactive
We were made to please the Lord, and that can’t be done without faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.” Before God brought Enoch to heaven, he walked with Him in a manner that pleased the Lord. The faith Enoch had is what pleased God. Faith is the only thing written about his character.
Too much of my life has been about pleasing myself. As Christians we are to live by faith, the same way we are saved by it. Faith is not docile, it’s dynamic. Faith entices us to do exploits for God.June 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm #911AnonymousInactive
Enoch Pleased God by believing in him and seeking him. That is an example of how we can please God,by seeking his kingdom and righteousness and “walk with him” .Enoch was faithful in all that he did and so the lord saved him, took him so Enoch would not have to face death a part of sin.June 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm #912AnonymousInactive
Enoch please God by trusting and believing in Him. He pleased God by allowing God to walk with Him through his life. He lived with God on earth. To me, it seems like God and Enoch, shared a deep and intimate friendship. The kind of relationship that we long with friends or our spouses. I believe that we can please God by devoting ourselves completely to Him, allowing God to dwell in us, communicating with Him constantly, praising Him,sharing a deep and intimate friendship with Him,believing and trusting Him. I believe we can “walk with God” like Enoch by putting Him first in our thoughts and actions. I believe it is a discipline to walk with God. So, if we wanted to have this kind of relationship with God, then we need to make it our top priority. Being completely devoted to Him in prayer, praise and thanksgiving, reading His Word, trusting and believing in Him, and fellowshipping with the Body of Christ.June 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm #915AnonymousInactive
Enoch walked FAITHFULLY with God. I think faithfully was the key thing that Enoch did to please God. I believe for us to be pleasing to God we can’t just follow Him when we feel like it. When we become Christians we commit to following Christ and I know for myself that if I am not faithfully reading His word or praying that I feel a distance between God and myself. I don’t think God expects us to be perfect in following Him but that when we realize that we are falling away, we get back on track again. Unlike all the other people it talks about in Gen. 5, Enoch seems to be the only one that had the desire to know God and He was rewarded for that.June 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm #916AnonymousInactive
tanner i like when you say that yes we are not perfect in following him that we sometimes fall away from our heavenly father but he doesn’t reject us when we go back to him and get back on track, he is there waiting with arms wide open accepting us the way we are and walking with us wherever we are at.June 21, 2013 at 10:18 pm #917AnonymousInactive
The Hebrews 5 account is key. Make sure you read verse 6, don’t just stop at 5! Enoch seems to be taken by God because God was pleased with Enoch. Why?!! What did Enoch do that pleased God? If your attention span lasted and were able to make it through verse 5 and 6 it seems that to please God is in direct relation to whether or not a person draws near to God.
Before I continue, keep Gen.3 in the back of your mind (besides you just read it ). What do Adam and Eve do after they have sinned? Do they draw near to God? What about Gen. 4 after Cain kills Abel? Does he draw near to God? Nope. In both instances, they hide (3:8) and Cain “went away from the presence of the Lord” (4:16). Back to Hebrews.
So, Enoch pleases God and he fulfills God’s pleasure by drawing near. What does that mean? Did he get gold stars in sunday school? Did he read his scrolls everyday? Did he hang out in coffee shops trying to start gospel conversations with the local heathens? I picture Enoch as a cappucino guy, I have no idea why. What ever it was he was buying the guys drink next to him because thats what God would do. Seriously, what did it mean to draw near to God? to act like him? talk like him? drink coffee like him?
If I go back a few chapters in Hebrews we are reminded that Jesus is our great high preist. We no longer need to go to a priest to be cleansed from our sins! But to draw near to God one must be clean. In fact, spotless. We can’t do that on our own and so to draw near means that we look to somebody to clean up our mess so we can draw near to God! We can’t do that, a priest can’t do that, only Jesus can do that for us!(Heb 10:21-22) so to draw near is a direct acknowledgement of our need and dependence for Him.
I used to think God was pleased with Enoch because of something Enoch did. You know, he said all the right answers and did all the right things. I think it is more likely that, like all the rest of the screw ups in Hebrews 5, Enoch was not a morality giant but he understood Hebrew 4:16. He knew his only hope to obtain mercy from God was to recieve grace from God. Let us then have confidence as well.June 22, 2013 at 10:31 am #925JamieKeymaster
This is a great conversation! Question – How can we have confidence in our relationship with God? More specifically…how can we have confidence that there is nothing we can do that puts us outside of our relationship with God? We shouldn’t have to come back to God. He is with us no matter where we go? Why? Maybe Hebrews 9 & 10 can help us. – See more at: http://consumedministries.com/forums/topic/week-one-dq-enoch/page/2/#sthash.p1mRE3MI.dpufJune 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm #956AnonymousInactive
We can have confidence in our relationship with God if we believe in the sacrifice of His Son. We have no need for more sacrifices since Christ has become the one and only sacrifice forever. Christ’s sacrifice is a free gift meaning we don’t need to do anything on our own power but simply except His loving sacrifice.
God has perfected everyone who believes in Him so when we fall we must not think that God will not except us. He has given us His law so that we can live according to His will. If we do this He says that He remembers our sins no more.June 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm #962AnonymousInactive
In Hebrews 9 and 10 talks about how we are cleansed from the blood of Christ. Christ does not have to die again and again like lambs and sheep’s to be sacrifice every time someone sins. Christ died once and for all for our sins and resurrected on the 3rd day and is alive now and all who believe in him are alive with him and are living life at the fullest.we are made holy in gods Presence if we all believe in what Christ has done for us. He was the perfect sacrifice, the perfect blood that shed.
and i think to build that confidence, is to know that even if we are being persecuted or going through a hard time to be reminded that We have Christ in our life’s that we have a better and lasting possession and that is Jesus, that he is with us until the end, that if we are suffering, he knows what it feels to have suffered, that we have something amazing, really hard to explain but just to know that we are richly rewarded to know him and serve him.
He is with me all the time , I just have a hard time trusting him sometimes and that is what i am working on, i do not have to come back to God to have a relationship with him, i know he is here with me, I think i just have to build confident in what Jesus has already done for ME in the cross!! and to really believe it!! and trust him. Thanks for Hebrew 9 and 10 Jamie, that is great scripture!
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