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Driving home today I had a thought about this Lakeland outpouring business: “if spiritual maturity comes from laying down, how come we’re exhorted to walk?”

Here’s my thought in more depth: the Bible mentions “walk” 383 times (NKJV) yet only speaks of “laying down” or “lay down” 36 times. The first time “walk” is mentioned it is in reference to Adam’s relationship with God. The next time it is mentioned it is in reference to Enoch’s relationship with God. The third time it is mentioned it is reference to Noah’s relationship with God. The fourth time it is mentioned it is reference to Abraham’s relationship with God. Need I go on? My point is that why is there such a emphasis on “carpet time” or “soaking prayer” (laying prostrate on your back, often accompanied by hysterical laughter) when the Bible clearly describes “walking” as spiritual maturity.

Thought provoking Scripture on this topic: Genesis 5:22-24; Genesis 6:9, Genesis 13:17; Genesis 17:1; Galatians 5:16; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 4:1

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2 thoughts on “Lakeland: laying down and walking with God

  1. Please see “A Call for Discernment” by going to http://www.justinpeters.org. Justin is an evangelist and in addition to expository preaching, also holds seminars on the “Word of Faith” movement. He has cerebral palsy and concurs with the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

    To God be the glory!

    Caron Strong
    Los Angeles, CA

  2. Pingback: Sheep Walking « Wolf Tracks

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