Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Spiritual Walk
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday June 1, 2014
The Spiritual Walk
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” - Galatians 6:7
The ability to walk is a blessed gift from God. Although the 
capacity to walk is present at the birth of normal babies, it must 
be taught to the youngster. The significance of this critical training 
need was illustrated in the case of two abandoned children who 
were literally adopted by wolves; they were referred to as ferals 
because of their animal like behavior. Of particular interest to 
the sermon today is the fact that those two little girls crawled 
like wolves rather than walked upright like people. 
Within a slightly different context, there are some individuals 
who are born without completed legs. In fact, a recent TV news 
item featured a young boy who had such a deficit at birth. 
Owing to widespread publicity, he was fortunate enough to 
obtain electronic legs thereby making it possible to walk and 
even climb stains. But the legs were not designed for running; 
therefore, it was necessary for him to be fitted with another type 
of legs for running purposes. With those two differently designed 
sets of legs, the young fellow is able to enjoy a reasonably mobile 
type of life. However, the general areas of his walking and running 
are predetermined by commercially designed legs. In contrast to 
that person, we - fortunately normal persons - a blessed with the 
ability to walk in accordance with our desires. Owing to the wide 
range of places to which we can walk, there is the ever present 
prospect of walking to the wrong place. There is, also, the 
temptation of having an evil, vindictive, or hostile purpose in mind 
as we walk. Our sermon, in this connection, is planned to warn 
against such a walk and to, instead, encourage us to find comfort 
in embracing The Spiritual Walk. This expression, Spiritual Walk, 
refers to both an attitude and an action consistent with the will 
of God. Thus, the spiritual walk denotes having ethical, kind, 
and cordial feelings toward others. Secondly, the spiritual walk 
refers to carrying one’s self in a manner that is decent, legal, and 
non harmful to self or others. In sum, spiritual walk merely means 
thinking and acting right. 
The sermon is undergirded by a twofold purpose, namely: 
to remind us that our ability to walk is a blessing from God and not 
an expression of our ingenuity nor health, and, to identify three 
types or modes of walk. One of these is dangerous and even 
displeasing to God, but the remaining two are pleasing to God. 
Prior to examining the types of walk, attention will be placed 
on the general ability to walk. It is an unfortunate fact that people 
are prone to take the ability to walk as a personal feature. In this 
regard, they exercise little concern or morality in their decisions as 
to where they walk. Further, they show an imbalance in the time 
and places where they walk; hence, they may walk to a job for 
employment, to a bar for entertainment, but not to a religious 
center for spiritual reinforcement. Beloved, the Bible contains a 
warning about not including a walk to a religious center; in 
Hebrews 10:25 the admonition is given, forsake not the assembly. 
In essence, that verse is saying that we should regularly use some 
of our time to walk into a place of worship. Against this somber 
call, let us now turn attention to the three types of walk, the first 
of which is labeled as vanity. 
This word, vanity, denotes the act of being empty, worthless, 
or filled with self conceit. This type of walk has impelled persons 
to pursue degrees, make financial investment, purchase multiple 
parcels of land, and acquire other status symbols - all to nourish 
their ego. In pursuits of such materialistic goals, the person is 
driven more by status rather than service that those achievements 
can help to deliver. Beloved, the Bible contains numerous warnings 
against such an orientation; some of them are: Pride goes before 
destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall; another one is - 
what has a person to profit if he gains the whole world and loses 
his soul?; a third caution is - broad is the way that leads to 
destruction and many there be that go therein, but strait is the 
way and narrow the path that leads to life eternity and few there 
be that find it. In sum, this walk of vanity is dangerous and no 
pleasing to God. 

The second type of walk - spiritual in nature - is known as 
divine retribution. It is characterized by a firm commitment to the 
belief that God rather than humankind will, not only take care of 
His own but impose justice on the transgressors. Admittedly, we 
are so often confronted by injustices and other hostile actions of 
mean spirited people that we feel the need to retaliate. But we 
need, instead, to walk the pathway of divine retribution. In this 
regard, Psalm 37 tells us to fret not our selves because of the evil 
doers... trust in the Lord. The Bible, also, reminds us that God 
said, “Vengeance is mind saith the Lord and whatsoever is right 
I will repay. Thirdly, as noted in verse 7 of our text, the Bible 
states, “ Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for what so ever 
a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Fourthly, the Bible calls on 
us to learn, believe, and remember the law of reciprocity - you are 
going to reap what you sow. Hence, the Thanksgiving song reminds 
us to sow seeds of kindness, because - one day - we shall come 
rejoicing bringing in the sheaves. 

The final aspect of the spiritual walk is that of triumph. This 
word refers to the act of winning an event, overcoming an obstacle, 
or achieving a desirable goal, often after a long struggle. Beloved, 
this Christian journey is often a long and lonely sojourn; it is one 
criticisms, abuses, neglect, and even misrepresentation. Although 
people are unwilling to acknowledge it, there are nonetheless 
satanic forces in this world. We, Christians, must therefore be 
mindful of the devil’s work: on our job, in our home, in our Church, 
and even in our mind. Our response, to maintain the triumph 
type of Spiritual Walk; also, we must subdue our humanly drives 
and rely, instead, on God to bring about the needed changes. In 
developing the appropriate mind set necessary to attain our 
goal, Paul calls upon us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that 
we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” ( Eph. 6:11). 
In closing, as we strive to attain the spiritual walk, let us take 
comfort in verse 9 of the text -“As let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. So in closing my 
beloved, let us ever be mindful of the fact that we are walking from 
time to eternity. As we move prayerfully along this uncharted 
course, let us look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our 
faith. Additionally, let us never forget that what we think, what we 
say, what we do, and where we walk - the Holy Bible tells us...”what 
soever a person soweth, that shall he also reap”. Hence, let us 
forever strive to pursue the spiritual walk. Amen.
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