Tuesday 1 November 2022

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 13 W 2 D 2.


Welcome to the Upper Room. So glad you made it.

We continue with our study of "The Book of Daniel." We are presently hovering over Daniel 6:3, with the topic, "An Excellent Spirit." Today we see what we can learn from the life of Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5-6).

Enoch caught the vision of walking with God, and He did it so well that God appraised Him as bigger than death. It is worth noting Enoch did not do this from birth. He was not born a walker with God. He came into it. He might have known about it, but knowing is not enough. 

The scriptures only tell of when he put action to what he might have known from birth. That tells us "an excellent spirit." has nothing to do with what we know, nor who we are, nor whose we are. It has everything to do with the decisions we make, are making, and will make.

An excellent spirit is a result, an outcome of the right decision(s). It is not something that comes suddenly, or on some hocus pocus occasion. Enoch began to walk with God and everything changed.

Next, we note that he began. The beginning is how all miracles start. The beginning is "just doing it," "breaking the ice." "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." [Chinese Proverb] "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." [Christopher Reeve]

So, is a walk with God. Take, for instance, we started this prayer meeting in February last year (2021). It was a step of faith. Here we are growing in strength close to two years after. Who would have thought we would have come this far? But we did, we are, and we will.

The beginning is the first step to growth and all the future holds for us. The beginning is a step taken in faith. Nothing is guaranteed, but faith is its own guarantee. Note, no other person had the account of walking with God before Enoch. He threaded the path no one else had, and it led to his destiny.

Robert Frost accurate captures this principle in his poem, "The Road Not Taken." He wrote, "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." One with "an excellent spirit" lives from inside out, and not from outside in. 

Such is on a mission to bring his or her vision to pass, make his or her dream come true. Not been done before is not a showstopper. The testimony of Enoch is that he pleased God. He like Jesus had his focus right. He had an audience of one and was driven in all things to please his audience. That which resulted from his walking with God in faith produced in him an excellent spirit. 

As Enoch progressively walked with God, he moved from one level of excellence to the other. His excellence grew till God saw he was more than one death will take. The glory his life produced consumed him.

What about you? Are you walking with God? Are you growing in your walk with Him? Why not, if not? What are you going to do about it today?

Let us pray.

The Saint.

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