Amos 3:3,                                                                         August 31st 2003

   Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Introduction:

Often I have verses I like to quote in conversation. This is one of them. Have we grasped the significance of this statement?

Illustration: in North England when two people are engaged they say "so-and-so are walking out together"

This is the distinct possibility of every man woman and child:

Matthew 11:28-30,

   Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

   [a yoke takes two]

To be a Christian is not: a creed, a cause, a confession, it's a walk! A walk with him. But there are some essential to a walk with the Lord. Before we can truly walk with cheeses we must be agreed regarding certain truths. This life is a walk.

Isaiah 40:31,

   But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Illustration: how many experienced flying is a Christian? Everything is going right, God is answering prayer, one after another.-then we'll run! "Man, that was a great message" or "I've got a hold of some truth" and I'm going to run with it!

But my Bible says they shall walk. There are times you'll fly there will be times you'll run but the Christian life is not primarily a marathon - it's a walk!

Illustration: I'll give you an example of someone who's walking: Dr. Mosbacker. All fly in some days with some great news or great experience, Dr. Mosbacker says, "well, that's good" or "well, amen”  

Here are five truths that must be agreed upon an order to walk with God:

1. Agreement as a place

-a place of meeting. At the Cross "at the Cross, at the Cross where I first saw the light"

That is the place of meeting! Free salvation at the foot of the Cross. There has to be a place where you meet the savior and that place is the Cross. For those who despise the Cross of Calvary-the great white throne awaits them. Depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire.

2. Agreement as to paths.

There are only two ways to look at this:

-only one way-Jesus.

-narrow is the way. If you are saved you are on your way to heaven. But the devil can still sidelined you in your Christian walk.

Illustration: a Christian reading their Bible but someone says to them "I had a dream, God told me to tell you this"-do not get sidelined by extra biblical revelation. There's too much country club Christianity out there. Too much hype and not enough holiness.

What we have here we can take home with us. "If it's too good to be true-it usually is." What pass are you on as a Christian? Unequally yoked?

Illustration: one woman I know was told not to date an unsaved man. Her life is now a disaster. But do you know what? Gone to can restore her to fellowship and an abundant life.

As you walk with the saviour what pass are you want? You'll not walk in agreement if you are out of his will.

3. Agreement as to goal:

The glory of God: are you living to please God? Are you laying up treasures in heaven? Most of us here are fairly poor. Do you know, it's much easier lay the up treasure in heaven, when you're not laying in up on earth!

4. Agreement as to pace:

Keep step with the savior

-don't fall back: Mark left Paul but was restored later

-Don't go ahead of the Lord. Abraham went ahead of the Lord and produced Ishmael.

5. Agreement as to cost:

Salvation is a free gift. What to walk with him is costly.

-persecution

-sorrow

-tears

-loneliness -- as others turn away from you

But it also means:

Matthew 19:29,

   And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

   There is a cost to be a Christian. But the cost is nothing compared to walking in the steps of the savior. The reward that awaits you will be worth it all.

Illustration: Gypsy Smith was asked, "do the converts stand?" The answer he gave was, "no, they don't stand -- they walk they keep going"

We walk with him; when we walk in the steps of the Savior.