Speed of Light 3 – Walk in the Light
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
The 5th chapter of the book of Ephesians is a brilliant study in four parts on how to progress, move forward or in Bible language, walk.
EPHESIANS 5 BREAKDOWN
Walk in Love (1-7)
Walk in light (8-14)
Walk in Wisdom (15-19)
Getting supernatural power into your marriage through serving (22-33)
WALKING IS THE BIBLICAL TERM FOR LIVING LIFE FORWARD.
THERE IS ALWAYS A FIGHT IN THE WALK.
There is always a fight for forward.
In my book Living Life Forward, the first four chapters are about the fight for the next step forward.
Chapter One: The fight for greatness
Chapter Two: The fight for what can be
Chapter Three: The fight for His heart
Chapter Four The fight for momentum
I hope I can encourage you in your hope that there is something better in every part of your life that is found in Jesus.
I want to tell you it is not treason to search out the endless heart of this Creator and to go after Him. You are not stupid for wanting better things.
There are promises in need of adoption, innovation and ideas desperate to be discovered. There are dreams to be realized and passions to be pursued. Vision is exploding anew to be mapped out and legacy is being permanently laid down. I think God wants you and I to be neck deep in in moving forward. That’s what victorious Kingdom living is all about.
So, the biblical term for forward progression is sometimes, on a grand scale, seen as journey but it is always displayed and demonstrated on a small scale through the metaphor of “walking.”
It is often figuratively used to denote a man’s mode of life, or his spiritual character, course, and relations, Ezekiel 11:20. He may walk as a carnal or as a spiritual man, Romans 8:1; with God, or in ignorance and sin, Genesis 5:24, 1 John 5:21; in the fire of affliction, Isaiah 43:2; or in the light, purity, and joy of Christ’s favor here and in heaven, Psalm 89:15, Revelation 3:4.
The book of Psalms starts off like this:
Psalms 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful…
Your walk is how you live and who you walk with is determined by who influences you.
That’s why we are told to walk in the truth, to walk in His judgements and to walk in His ways.
I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Paul has a lot to say about how we move forward in life. In fact, out of the 412 verses in the Bible that tell us how to walk, 36 of them are penned by Paul himself.
Some of my favorites y’all might recognize are:
2 Corinthians 5:7– For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Galatians 5:16 [Walking in the Spirit] – I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:25 – If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Colossians 2:6 – As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk in Him…
So, by the time Paul gets to the 5th chapter in his amazing discourse to the Ephesians, he tells how to walk.
Walk in Light
Ephesians 5:8-14 – For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather [c]expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are [d]exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”