According to the Greek New Testament, there are three kinds of lives: the bios (physical) life, the psuche (psychological) life, and the zoe (eternal) life.
Each morning I write my “Living Bread” messages during the half hour journey in the MRT train from my home in Ang Mo Kio Estate, Singapore, to my work place in Robinson Road to encourage believers who regularly attended the Christian Fellowship Ministry (CFM) meetings held each Tuesday Week in the City. Here’s one written on 7 May 2014:-
Zoe Life – The God Kind Of Life
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”.
In Romans, a wonderful book, it teaches us how to have Zoe Life, the God Kind of Life, and avoid death. It deals with the spiritual, the spiritual life and and spiritual death. Our inner man or the human spirit needs spiritual food to grow. Without it, a Christian becomes weak. Read it, it will bless and help you to grow strong!
I encourage you to read the 2 books of Samuel about King David. Oh if you have not, I encourage you to do so! It has so many spiritual keys to help believers grow and stand strong. But when you study them, focus on the anointing of David! You learn why he was anointed 3 times, each time for a specific purpose. Each time, he grew greater in wisdom and stronger to battle against his enemies.
The 1st time, he was empowered with strength and boldness to slay Goliath, but although God told Samuel to anoint David as King, yet it was pre matured to give him the Kingdom. Saul was still King.
The 2nd time, the people of the Tribe of Judah chose and anointed him to rule over them, yes only ONE tribe of Judah.
The 3rd time was so very different. Abner, King Saul’s General with the agreement of Israel, representing the other 11 tribes, told David, that Israel too would want him to appoint him as their King too.
And so he was given all 12 Tribes of Israel and Judah to rule. In the 3 anointings, we learn how David walked with God, always staying humble and kind to his men. And as he did that, God exalted him and made him stronger and stronger. No armies could stand before him and his powerful leaders under his mentorship, all grew to be mighty warriors! We too can grow to be like David and his men.
You should read Psalms 23 written by him. He was always yielded to the Lord. He was faithful and obedient. But this morning I want to share with you how to know and walk in the “Ways” of God!
How many want to know His ways, His nature and how He deals with us? David knew the ways of God and so did many great men of God described in the Bible like Moses. OK I am arriving at Raffles. I will write further during lunch break. I close with:-
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel”.
As promised, here is part 2 of today’s living bread:-
Let me continue this morning message by sharing a little on the place “Wilderness” referred to in the Bible. In Exodus, we saw how God delivered His people out of their bondage for 400 years under Pharoah. God took them “out” into the Wilderness and after 40 years, God allowed His people to “enter” the promised land of “Milk and Honey”. You see, when God takes you out of your bondage, He will surely bring you into his land of plenty, the land of milk and honey. Amen.
Now “Wilderness” as the name implies, is a place void of shelter and provision. There was no drink, food or clothe for the people. God was their only Provider. He provided:-
- Their daily food by way of daily Manna
- Fowl (quail) for their meat
- Fire as light by night as they rested
- Pillar of Cloud by day to lead them wherever God wanted to take them.
But sadly, they never seemed to understand God. They murmured and complained day and night. When there was no water, they went after Moses and God provided their water gushing out from the rock. When they were tired of eating the Manna, they complained and God rained down Quails for them to eat. God really tolerated and took care of them, but they never stopped complaining…murmuring and complaining, from day to night, until they were bitten by the desert serpents. At one time, God told Moses He would wipe them all out of earth and raised a new people through Moses. But Moses interceded to God to spare them!
tu see, God’s people in the wilderness, although was out of Egypt, was still full of Eqypt. They just refused to stop their murmurings to Moses. They were a people who do not know the “Ways” of God”. They were referred to as “stiff neck”. How sad!
As taught to us in Romans 8, they were a people who only walked by “Sight”. If they do not see it, they will not believe. So in Psalms 103, we are told that to grow in the knowledge of God, we cannot walk in the flesh. We must walk by faith and not by sight. We must study God’s words, meditate on it every day to strengthen our inner man, and then slowly but surely, God’s ways and His will be revealed. That is why scripture says that in the wilderness, they knew only the “Acts” of God”. They did not know the ways of God. At one time, they even told Moses to ask God not to speak to them direct but only through Moses. Effectively, when rejecting His voice, they rejected God. So let us study to learn to understand God’s ways so that we can receive His Life (Zoe) the God kind of life, a life full of blessings and abundance.
It really pays (as shown in the written scriptures) to spend time with Him to learn His Ways. Above all, learn and be familiar with His gentle prompting and leading through “His still small voice”. Now let’s turn to the verse in 1 King 19 showing us how to keep calm and be still and not panic, no matter what the circumstances may be:-
1 King 19:
“11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
Yes let’s learn to recognize and obey “His still small voice” and it, surely we will receive His life!