TALK AND WALK
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
COPYRIGHT 2017 - BILL TAYLOR
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*Special thanks to Shila and
Pragna for their encouragement and inspiration*
6 - 6 &7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be
on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when
you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down
and when you get up”.
I admit to being a little quirky! I love to talk about my Lord
“incessantly”. The dictionaries meaning of the word: “Continuing
without interruption”. Yup, that’s me! The few who tolerate my
dialogues constant desired location will confirm its reality.
Everything else sounds to me like “moving noise” waiting to
arrive at a place of meaning, that truly matters to my heart.
perhaps, but in a very real way it makes sense to me on the highest
of levels. Out of the heart the mouth speaks therefore I talk the
most about the One I love the most! Equally, I talk the most about
the One who loves me the most.
or appropriate? Well, that depends on who is doing the evaluation. I
know Jesus is fine with having His name included in all the chatter,
so I’ll lean towards appropriate until proven otherwise.
never feel close enough to Jesus and yet I always feel sufficiently
close. I’m immeasurably thankful for where I am in Him and yet
simultaneously, I’m always sensing an internal drawing, prompting
me to immerse myself more deeply into the waters of His loving heart
always appreciative and yet never completely satisfied, knowing in my
heart there’s much more to experience in God. Content and yet
always desirous for more of Jesus!
strange dichotomy to live with don’t you think? Strange but
amazingly wonderful! You see, I believe that walking with God was
designed by Him to be experiential to the extreme. I also believe
that the ‘’walk” is meant to be an actively moving dynamic. As
in all meaningful relationships, there is no such thing as neutral.
It’s forward or backward.
actually believe: Matthew 18 - 20: “For where two or three gather
in My name, there I am with them”. I consider that, a promise from
Jesus of extreme value but one with an attached qualifier: “In My
Name”. He being voluntarily established by us as all-inclusionary
and at the center of all thought and behavior ensures His
participation, thus experiential .
the concern I experience that accompanies my beliefs. It’s found
more so in what I don’t believe. I don’t believe Jesus stands on
the perimeters of our conversations waiting in line for a few crumbs
of attention as if being an optional add-on to OUR story rather than
He being THE STORY itself. A walk with God is HIS story that He has
written US into! Getting that backwards is an illusion I don’t have
the luxury to accommodate.
intimacy with His reality is all I have of true value and all I need!
Everything I am and everything I hope to be, evolves from that sacred
place of relationship where He and I talk and walk. Somewhat
reflective of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden as they, in the most
natural of ways, relationshiped with their God and designer.
combination of the created intersecting with the Creator, with both
mutually co-operating thus perpetually producing, a divinely desired
net result. A loving, real, and active communion between both! Sounds
simply delightful doesn’t it? Well it should, in that we were
created FOR GOD to live with Him in intimate relationship! That is
our “meant to be” destiny!
30 - 12: “That my heart may sing Your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God I will praise you forever”.
35 - 28: “My tongue will proclaim Your righteousness, Your praises
all day long”.
22 - 36 > 38: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the
law’’? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This the first
and greatest commandment”.
119 - 35: “Direct me in the path of Your commands, for there I find
textured content of a walk with God, while admittedly not being easy
and often unique to the individual, is not complicated. It can’t be
nor has God designed it to be exclusive ground for the intellectually
elite to walk on, otherwise only the select few could sojourn its
are times in life, based on a need to clarify, that exposing what
something isn’t helps to un-muddy the waters and un-clutter the
confusion regarding what it actually is.
face it, we humans love to complicate, with all manner of inclusions,
to what has already been made crystal clear by God !
with God is first and foremost an every step immersion and inclusion
of me loving Him with all my heart, soul and mind. Apart from that
being it’s foundation and motivation, nothing else truly makes
sense. Our walk with God will never fit comfortably without that
pre-requisite being firmly established. It’s a walk of the heart!
It’s a walk of love! It’s a walk of grace!
very important thing it isn’t is a religious walk. At Smashwords,
we who publish books are asked to choose a category from a long list
of options, that reflects our books content so that it can be
included in our books short description which appears next to the
example: Fiction - Non-fiction - Self-help - Romance, etc. I’m not
casting dispersions on my valued friends at Smashwords and completely
understand the complexities involved, but for me to include
Christianity as a category I have to do so by clicking on the only
available selection of “Religion and Spiritually”.
wanting to be picky or small minded I tried to simply go with the
flow, thinking that most folks don’t see those as different, so
what’s the harm. I tried and then stopped because I know those two
descriptives have nothing in common with each other. A little like
hot and cold. It’s one or the other but not both.
can I be so sure that a walk with Jesus isn’t religion based?
Because He wasn’t religious and it is He we are following as our
leader, guide and Shepherd. We follow Him on His terms adopting His
nature, not our own. You see religion, across the board regardless of
its name is our man made terms applied to Him! There’s nothing
spiritual about it!
essence, religion is void of grace and love, having replaced those
two imperatives with rules, ritualistic practices, and formulas that
suggest we can earn or manipulate God into doing for us. Religion, is
pretending to the extreme that what you have is real, while knowing
do we know it’s not? Because knowing about God isn’t at all the
same as actually knowing Him. Knowing about God changes nothing while
knowing Him intimately changes everything. Religion, understandably
so, can’t provide the desired result in our hearts: The blessed
comfort and assurance that we are loved by our Creator.
can’t get there via religion with its performance related statutes.
It’s a path that goes in circles, always leading us back to where
we started, EMPTY! It’s not designed to be in our best interests
but rather for the best interests of its creators. Religion is not
meant to set you free but rather control you with its never-ending
fear inducing tactics. Jesus said we haven’t been given the spirit
of fear. How interesting it is that the spirit of religion can’t
survive without it!
why the Pharisees of our Lord’s day were so very anxious to get rid
of him. They were losing control because fear was being banished by
the presence of Jesus from the hearts and minds of people who were
once controlled by it.
final nail in the coffin regarding religion verses reality is this.
You can’t be born a follower of Jesus! You can and are born many
things but not that! Jesus said to Nicodemus: “You must be “born
again” of the Spirit”. You can’t be a disciple of Christ
because your parents were. Equally important, you can’t be
disqualified because they weren’t!
don’t believe for a second that Christianity in its purest context
is a religion at all, therefore I can detach it when saying, all
forms of religion are from birth the vast majority of the time. Our
walk with God in its least purest context, can be the same if so
called Christians aren’t careful.
whatever church with your family since you were in diapers does not
by itself qualify you as being His. You may have been present and
accounted for at all the Christian camps and Christian schools and
Christian whatever’s one can imagine, but if “real” wasn’t
attending with you then you were simply hanging out “religiously”
within the confines of a Christian culture while never really being
is not uncommon and far more prevalent than anyone wants to admit to.
A walk with God is personal between WE as individuals and HE, with no
third party involved. Jesus hung on a cross for us by name. That name
isn’t on a building but rather on our birth certificate. It’s
that personal, it’s that intimate, it’s that real!
not aware we can easily, innocently, and unknowingly, fall into the
comfort trap of being “churched” without ever truly realizing in
a “spiritually sense” we’ve never become “The Church”,
which is a spiritual entity that transcends buildings made with
bricks and mortar.
love my walk and I can’t stop my talk but I have never seen either
as anything more elevated than simply “real”. Neither are perfect
and both are at times messy. I admittedly have much to learn but my
desire is that it be a learning of the heart. For that to be so, I
must reside in “real”.
our talk and walk aren’t based on personality traits or “quirks”,
but rather the One we are walking and talking with. Our reality is in
fact completely reliant on His reality in our lives. While sounding
obvious, that truth can easily get lost in the shuffle.
is simply no religion nor religious behavior that can supply an
independent, one to one, “reality based” walk and talk with God .
Religion throughout history has made itself perfectly clear. We are
here to justify our own existence, not to enhance yours!
by chance you haven’t made the exchange of religiosity for reality
yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so, Why is it such a big
deal? Why isn’t simply being “religious” OK?
it’s a lot like this: You can sit in the boat assuming the ability
to walk on water or you can actually walk on it! Religion says: Just
assuming is more than good enough. Reality says: With my Lord’s
encouragement, I must experience for myself if it’s true! Reality
has a vibrantly active energy while religion has a dormant
encourages: Just knowing about God is fine. Reality inspires: I can,
by His invitation know God personally which is finer than fine!
Warning before you proceed: If you do so it will make you “quirky”.
The attached blessing: “Quirky” is cool! Just ask Peter!
interesting when realized: It wasn’t “religion” that got Peter
to enter those waters. It was a person. His name was and is Jesus!
He said “come’’, and Peter, needing to know, went. Peter being
Jewish had a “religion” but on that day the exchange was made!
Experiential had become Peter’s “new normal” to the point,
where later on he would heal the sick and raise the dead, but it all
started with Peter responding to a one word invitation to the reality
of Christ: COME! The same invitation to “real” is on the table
today! Jesus asks: How real do you want Me to be?
we determine our own reality! Those who stayed in the boat determined
theirs. The nine who were healed of leprosy but didn’t bother to
say thank you determined theirs as did the one who did return to
express his thankfulness. What we end up with is what we choose. The
offer itself is identical to all without exception.
as both “religious” and “reality” mindsets operate in the
same buildings, how can we as individuals, know for sure which one we
are embracing? Two simple but difficult introspective questions can
lead us to a correct conclusion.
we want a small controllable God or a big God that controls us? Do we
want a God who adheres to our terms which is an illusion, or a God
who is impromptu and improvisational to the extreme? Let’s face it:
Peter couldn’t have had “walking on water” as a part of his
agenda on that fateful day when his eyes opened in the morning!
be sure, not comfortable questions to ask of one’s self, but ones I
see as a necessary part in my own life. Those are the questions I
need to ask of myself each day in that “each day” both options
are available for my choosing. Regardless of my answer I have
concluded, it’s better for me to know “where I am” than to
pretend I’m somewhere I’m not.
for the sake of clarity: Wherever it is found, religion is the
man-made “reasonable facsimile” to real. It’s like eating “a
picture” of an apple while never truly experiencing a real apple’s
taste. That’s a description of “religion” at its least ugly.
Here’s a true story indicative of its most ugly.
out of curiosity, I checked out another distributors presentation of
the books that have been published just to see how things looked from
a different perspective. I noticed an available review from a reader.
Thinking it might interesting I scrolled down to give it a look.
don’t want to misquote others so I will share, word for word, what
was written from this “Christian” lady and her friends minds.
It’s not meant to defame her but rather provide an example of how
ugly things can get when a “religious spirit” rules a life.
writes: Example of a book NOT to read for inspiration. On a Sunday
warm morning after church we have group reads in our devotions so I
thought I would read this first and then second parts of a book by
Bill Taylor. I was sadly wrong for my choice of books to read out
loud because later I as asked: “Why a Godly man’s only
reflections are based on two woman, he must have other friends from
church”. So please don’t choose to read these books for
inspiration. Bill, please ask the people from your church to provide
eh? Now don’t get me wrong. No one has to like anything I write and
that would include Christians. It’s still a free world to freely
express our opinions. But that’s not what Rachel and her friends
did. They didn’t question my writing, they questioned my
relationship to God based on my references to Shila and Pragna. That
was their issue and they totally disregarded all other content in the
books they referred to, along with their suggestion to NOT read any
little extreme don’t you think? It seems Shila and Pragna’s name
being mentioned a little too often offended the ladies. Perhaps it
was more Pragna’s name being obviously Indian. I can’t be totally
sure of exactly what the ladies were inferring but I do know this: It
here’s my concern and my point: They have no idea who we are and
yet felt completely comfortable in voicing their ugly sarcastic
opinions about us: By the way and not to be missed as the point:
After church and during their devotions on a warm Sunday! That’s
chilling but equally reveals they have no idea who God is and yet
speak on His behalf!
an old saying but seems to be as recent and reliable as our next
breath: “Going to church no more makes you a Christian than going
to MacDonald’s makes you a hamburger”.
used to laugh at that as being “dark Christian humor” but it’s
getting less funny by the day!
religiosity tolerated in our churches, is the reason the world finds
us laughable! It’s too often self-inflicted folks. In doing so
they’re laughing at our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by
association. That concerns and offends me!
and walk. Be as real as you know how to be folks. It’s emphatically
important! What the “religious” Rachel’s of this world don’t
understand, is that they are accountable for what they say because of
Who it reflects on, being Jesus!
concluded that Rachel’s comments say far more about her and her
friends than they do about three lovers of God from Canada named:
Bill, Shila and Pragna, all of whom are major miracles of grace who
wear their cross purchased status in God with great thankfulness!
religious “fault finding” Pharisaic spirits, will always miss the
beauty in a story, but not by accident. You see, they’re not
looking for it!
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