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Walking With God

That our obedience may be walking with God, it is required that it be a constant, progressive motion towards a mark before us. Walking is a constant progress. He that is walking towards a place that he hath in his eye may stumble sometimes, yea, perhaps, and fall also; but yet, whilst his design and endeavour lies towards the place aimed at,—whilst he lies not still when he falls, but gets up again and presses forward,—he is still, from the chief aim of his acting, said to walk that way. But now, let this man sit down, or lie down in the way, you cannot say he is walking ; much less can you say that he is walking that way, if he walk quite contrary. So is it in that obedience which is walking with God. “I press forward,” saith the apostle, “to the mark” Phil. 3:14 ; “I follow after it” chap. 3:12. And he bids us “so run that we may obtain.” There is a constant pressing forwards required in our obedience.

~John Owen

from a sermon entitled Of Walking Humbly With Godvolume 9 of Works, page 97

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