Welcome to LivingWalk.com, a gathering place for God-thirsty souls willing to color outside the lines of contemporary Christianity. It is our hope and prayer that here you will discover fresh ideas about our new lives in Christ, and facilitate mutual edification and sharing as we each advance on our journey into the heart of our God.
My name is W.E. Smith, and although British by birth, I currently reside in the Midwest USA. I am sorry to say that I have been groping for God for most of my adult life, being one of the fatherless mentioned in the Bible. I have weathered a number of church/Christian experiences ranging from “law and order” style legalism, to “come as you are, stay as you are” liberalism. I guess all I really ever wanted was a "living walk" with my God and creator, and yet, like many, what I found at the church on the corner was mere membership in a club.
I guess what I ultimately I discovered was that when the God of Heaven and Earth reveals Himself to one fully (in His Beloved Son and Holy Spirit), every man-inspired religious enterprise shows itself for what it is - lifeless and empty. To have the Lord is to have it all; everything you truly need - joy, peace, power, direction, wisdom, understanding, and perhaps most of all, a hunger for more of Him. To know what is in His heart; what He alone desires; to share in His plans and purposes; to see what He sees, to breathe life on His terms, in all of its fullness. Truly, the law came through a man, but grace and truth (real life) came from God Himself through His Beloved Son!
To a large extent, Living-Walk represents my personal reflections on where the Lord Jesus Christ is leading me, as He reveals the Father and restamps the image of God on my heart. This process, familiar to many of us, involves shaking us loose from the world and the self, and untethering us from what the Apostle Paul calls the “old man”.
I cannot promise, unabashedly, that everything presented here will rise to the level of "Thus saith the Lord". Yet, with humility and sincerity, and the Lord’s steady hand, I will endeavor to present insights that the Father is revealing to me by His Spirit, as I learn to release my life to Him and to His Son. Only as I learn to abide in the Living Word, and to partake of the Tree of Life, can anything authentic result. My intention and prayer is that this living testimony of Jesus Christ will be manifest on these pages, openly, honestly and sincerely.
I can only share sincerely what I believe the Master Vinedresser is saying to me, and doing with me, as he prunes and cares for His vine. It is not my intention here to represent any single school of thought or practice, or to provide in-depth theological treatments on the Christian faith at large.
It is my intention to advocate for a life-minded Christianity (you will be seeing a lot of this message here), centered wholly in Christ and His Life, based on the faith once delivered, engendered entirely by the Holy Spirit and advanced by His grace; one that magnifies the name of Jesus Christ and glorifies our heavenly Father. It is a faith and life that goes deeper than behavior, profession or ritual; It is real, authentic, moment-by-moment, heart-deep, and transparent... and the gates of hell nor the fear of it can ever cause its capitulation.
If you are discouraged by human beings so readily replacing the “mystery of godliness” with worldly methods and stratagems; if your soul is thirsty for God and Christ alone; if you want your walk with Jesus Christ to be alive, dynamic, vibrant, intimate and truly heart-changing… then I believe you have come to the right place. In this sense, Living-Walk presents a view of Christianity by and for the rest of us!
All are encouraged to share, and edify in a spirit of kindness, love, patience and respect.
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