Walking close with God (Session 2: Observe the life of Jesus)
Note:- These are the outline notes of the Bible Class Close Walk with God (Session 2) at IPC Medical College Church on 28/12/2015 7pM. The verses used here are from KJV and NKJV. You can contact me here for any clarifications, doubts or corrections. This is subject to change anytime and will be updated if needed. You may share this link to others. Download the PDF copy here. Praying that this will minister to you and may these notes be a blessing to many. In Christ, Donny
Observe the life of Jesus
Inorder to enjoy a close walk with God, the best example we have infront of us is Jesus Christ Himself. He practised the close walk with God. Therefore, we can learn from the life of Jesus, about how to walk with God. We are so blessed to have the gospels written and handed over to us, in the form of a Book, so that we can read and learn from it, about how Jesus walked with the Father.
Even as a child, He was mindful of the Father’s business
46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Luke 2, NKJV
What we can learn from this portion is that Jesus was genuinely interested in His father’s business.
Also, we read in many portions regarding Jesus mentioning about the “Will of Father”, “House of Father”, “Voice of Father” etc.
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work John 4, NKJV
37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”John 6, NKJV
Therefore, inorder to walk close with God, our mind also needs to be full of the “Father”. We need to constantly think about the Father’s business. What are you mostly thinking about? Is it about the worldly things? or the things concerning the Kingdom of God?
One who is mindful of Father, seeks to know His will. Jesus always talked about His Father and the will of the Father. Example as below.
Jesus explains about the heart of the Father
23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4, NKJV
The first lesson we learned from the life of Jesus regarding walking close with God is to spend quality time in God’s presence (Refer session 1 Notes). The more quality time, we spend in Father’s presence, the more closer we will become to God.
Do you spend time in God’s presence? Set apart a time in your daily schedule to be with God for some time. He wants to talk to you and reveal His will for your life. Are you willing to set apart a time for God? Choose a quiet time, in a quiet place, apart from the distractions of the world to seek the face of the Father, preferably early in the morning. As David said,
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water. Ps 63:1, NKJV
The second lesson we learned in this session, is to have a heart which seeks the Father’s Kingdom.
Jesus taught to seek God’s Kingdom
Read this below portion.
22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. 23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? 25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? 29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. 32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
If our mind is set on things above, we will seek those things which are above.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Col 3, NKJV
But we have the mind of Christ. I Cor 2:16, NKJV
We need to think like Christ inorder to walk close with God. If your mind is focused on things above, the things of this world will have less influence on you.
Practice the presence of God
The next important thing we need to do inorder to enjoy close walk with God, is to practice the presence of God. What does this mean? What is meant by presence of God? How can we experience His presence?
We can learn these principles from the life of people of God, in the Bible, who have experienced the presence of God. One example is Moses.
9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11 So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Exo 33, NKJV
God spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. What an amazing experience! Talking to God like a friend. This is the experience of practicing God’s presence. If Moses could do it, we also can do it. Do you want to experience this? Many people experience and feel the presence of God in various ways.
29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
When God talked with Moses, His face started to shine. This is an amazing experience.
Another experience from the life of Jesus is this:
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Matt 17. NKJV
The face of Jesus shone like sun. Amazing! The disciples would witness that.
Therefore, spending time in God’s presence is an amazing experience. We need to practice the presence of God, inorder to experience divine presence. The more you are close to God, the more you will experience His presence.
What is meant by presence of God?
God is present everywhere, but when we say that God is present with us, it means, He is available for us, to help us, guide us. lead us and ready in times of trouble. God’s presence gives an assurance, hope and courage for a powerful life.
What is meant by practicing God’s presence?
14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. Exo 33, NKJV
From this verse, we can learn a beautiful secret. Here, God reminds Moses of His presence. And Moses requests God’s presence.
Two things we understand from this
- Moses enjoyed God’s presence and He longs for His presence always.
- Moses asks God for one thins – ie. His presence. One who has experienced God’s presence will know the joy of it and will always want to experience more. Do you want to experience this? Just, ask God to reveal His presence
God reminds Moses of His presence with Moses
Here is a beautiful thought – Even if God does not explicitly remind about His presence with Moses, God’s presence would still be with Moses. But God reminds Moses, because ‘the awareness of God’s presence’ is mandatory for having a good courage. This is the reason why God had reminded numerous times about the presence of God to His saints at various times.
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Is 41: 10
God promises/reminds Joshua of His presence
5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage.. Joshua 1, NKJV
Jesus promises/reminds disciples of His presence
I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matt 28: 20
20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matt 18: 20
Jesus promises/reminds disciples of the presence of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in us
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever John 14, NKJV
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. John 14, NKJV
From the above two verses, we understand that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. So actually we have three persons in our body. What an amazing truth! We tend to forget this, therefore someone needs to remind us always. And it is the Holy Spirit’s duty to remind us of this.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14, NKJV
In other words, inorder to experience the presence of God, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and we need to constantly remind ourselves of God’s presence in us. And the fact is that, even if are unaware of God’s presence in us, God is still present with us. But when we practice the presence of God, or when we remind ourselves of God’s presence in us, we start to experience it in a greater level. Therefore, we need to meditate God’s word continually to be reminded of God’s presence. Meditating Word of God in God’s presence with a seeking heart is mandatory to experience God’s presence in a deeper level.