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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
By Debbie Smith
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“He walks with me and he talks with me. He tells me I am his own. And the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known . . . ,” seven year old Jenny was joyfully singing. Timmy could hear her above the crowd. But, of course, she was standing next to him where she always liked to be. His little sister followed him like a puppy.
“I wonder if she even knows what she’s singing,” Timmy thought as he tried to mouth the words himself. He had sung that song so many times he didn’t even have to look at the hymn book. And yet, now at twelve years old, he really thought about the words to the song. He was wondering, “How could Jesus be walking and talking with me?”
Timmy was just starting to get a mischievous spirit about him. He picked on his sister just to agitate her. At the time he thought it was just to watch her mood change or so she would stop following him. Now, in that little church full of people, he pondered on the times that he pulled her hair or nudged her with his elbow.
Pastor Dan began preaching about how we are all born with sin because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. He said, “The old saying, ‘The devil made me do it,’ just isn’t completely true. We were created with a will. We all have choices to make. Sin or not to sin. Our natural bodies want to sin. Our spirit longs to have peace with God. In order to break the bondage of sin we need to accept Jesus Christ into our hearts. Admit to God we are sinners. Ask him to forgive us and to come into our hearts and set us free from sin. He has already paid the price for our sin. If we accept that gift, John 3:16 says we will have eternal life.” Timmy’s heart was pounding so hard he could hear it.
“Come up here and let me pray with you.”
The isle seemed like a mile long.
“Trials and tribulations are promised, but with the love of Jesus in our hearts, we can have a peace and joy that surpasses all understanding.”
Timmy prayed to himself, “Lord, I want you in my heart. I want to stop sinning.”
“Won’t you accept that love of Jesus today?”
I want your love in my heart.
“You can pray in your heart, but you need to make it a public profession.”
I want everyone to know that you are Lord of my life.
“Just take that first step and God will help you the rest of the way.”
Lord, I’ll take the first step, but please help me walk the rest of the way.
Ten years latter Timmy is standing in front of the youth group, “The next thing I remember is me praying with Pastor Dan to give my life to Christ. Jenny followed me, but it was a week latter after Mom explained to her why I went up to the front. Just like I did that day and Jenny a week latter, you can ask Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins. If your heart is pounding out of your chest right now and this isle seems a mile long, just close your eyes and picture Jesus standing right in front of you. He loves you. Take the first step, and he will help you walk the rest of the way down the isle. Come, and let me pray with you.”
The choir sings, “He walks with me and He talks with me. He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known . . .”
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