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Aspire To Walk With God     Gen 6:9-18, 22     Dec. 16,2007

Do we want to walk with God? Can you and I be known as people who walk with Him? If you answer yes,
then why would it not be true that we walk with Him? I do not believe God permits some to walk with Him while refusing that privilege to others. The choice is ours and We must Aspire To Walk With God, and the sooner the better.

1. Aspire To Walk With God . . Contrasted To Your Contemporaries. 6:9-10

 A. Contrasted To Contemporary . . Personal Righteousness. 6:9
9 These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among
his contemporaries;. . ."

B. Contrasted To Contemporary . . Preferred Conduct. 6:9b
". . . Noah walked with God."

 C. Contrasted To Contemporary . . Parental Achievements. 6:10
10 And Noah fathered three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Recently my 13 year old grandson in Florida asked one of His teachers about starting a Bible Club before school. The teacher told him, "I have been praying for seven years that a student would ask me about doing that, and you're the first to ask." His dad told him son you may get some ridicule, or someone may make fun of you for that action, and my grandson an swered, "it has already started." Do you think Noah got criticism because he chose personal righteousness that contrasted with the people of his day? The text gives a great compliment to Noah as it tells us, "Noah walked with God." Noah preferred this kind of conduct. His actions no doubt affected his parental achievements. Noah's life contrasted with His contemporaries.

2. Aspire To Walk With God . . Conscience Of His Judgement. 6:11-13

 A. Conscience Of His Judgement Through . . Personal Observation. 6:11-12
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 God saw how corrupt the earth was, for all flesh had corrupted its way on the earth.

B. Conscience Of His Judgement Through . . Privileged Knowledge. 6:13
13 Then God said to Noah, "I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with
violence because of them; therefore
I am going to destroy them along with the earth.

Why do we serve God; Are we afraid of His judgements? I do not think most of us serve that way, but we can see the lifestyles of our world and know they will be judged for such conduct. Through privileged information Noah knew of God's pending judgement. We receive similar warnings from God's Word, and need to follow His desires for a pleasing lifestyle. How often do we see people living in a way that demonstrates an awareness of God's commands and judgements? Do you remember the words from the New Testament,
". . . His commands are not a burden" 1 John 5:3. When a person Aspires to walk with God His commandments are a delight, and obedience produces harmony and joy.

3. Aspire To Walk With God . . Committed To Follow Instructions. 6:14-18, 22

 A. Committed To Follow Instructions . . Detailed In Their Presentation. 6:14-16
14 "Make yourself an ark of gofer wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it with pitch inside and
outside. 15 This is how you are to make it: The ark will be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 You are to make a roof, finishing the sides of the ark to within 18 inches of the roof. You are to put a door in the side of the ark. Make it with lower, middle, and upper decks.

 B. Committed To Follow Instructions . . Described By The Lord. 6:17-18
17 "Understand that I am bringing a deluge -- floodwaters on the earth to destroy all flesh under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons' wives.

C. Committed To Follow Instructions With . . Dutiful Obedience. 6:22
22 And Noah did this. He did everything that God had commanded him. HCSB

When we read about the building of the ark we might overlook the difficulty of the task. But God gave Noah an enormous task. How would you like a similar assignment today? God did give the details for the design of the ark; and that made it a little easier. Noah knew why such a ship was needed primarily through the description God gave of the pending flood. No doubt Noah received additional motivation for this task knowing it included safety for his family. Noah, in a dutiful manner did everything God commanded, and did it
commendably. To this point in Noah's life we see a man who gives the example that challenges us to Aspire To Walk With God. Amen? Amen!