Summary: God designed us as complete spiritual beings. But to live right we must first think right. Viewing LIFE and MINISTRY From God’s Perspective; and OUR RESPONSE to His plan and purpose.
Systematic Spiritual Life
by Drew Stephens
Viewing LIFE and MINISTRY From God’s Perspective;
and OUR RESPONSE to His plan and purpose.
After 218 verses of introduction, Solomon got to the point of Ecclesiasties and reduced our spiritual life to this sentence, “the conclusion of the matter is this, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
That sentence can envelope all of spiritual life:
1. Fear God – Recognize Him for who He is
2. Keep His commandments – Do what He says
We are not going to simply Systematic Spiritual Life to the extend that Solomon did but I believe we can get a good broad understanding by examining 5 essential tenets.
Systematic Spiritual Life
Consists of these 5 Tenets
I. ACKNOWLEDGING The Divine PRINCIPLE
“As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.
The Divine Principle effects our thinking. In order to live right we must first think right.
Acknowledging the Divine Principle
“God in His sovereignty is weaving each of our lives together into a fabric that fulfills His ultimate plan and purposes, and bring Him glory.”
God threads our lives to converge with one another so as to effect His divine purposes in each life and upon the fabric of His plan as a whole.
There are times when we from our prospective must “circle” or seemingly “spin our wheels” while God is working upon others whose lives must intersect with our own. Conversely there are times when others must endure similar tests of patience while God is moving, and prompting us to be in the place of His purpose.
Illustration of Caleb and Joshua.
When God commanded the Israelites to send out spies into Canaan so that they could take possessions of the land, they sent our 12 spies. 10 of the spies came back and spread fear among the people of Israel. The people listened to them and because of their disobedience to God’s command they were forbidden to enter the nation of Israel for forty years, when all but two of those living when they came out of Egypt had died. The two who were allowed to enter the promised land were Joshua and Caleb. The tow spies who came back from Canaan and said the Lord is with us let us go and take the land.
They understood the Divine Principle. They knew that God was working to complete His purpose and plan. If He said go, the obstacle were irrelevant. They understood that God often chooses that which is unlikely and even impossible from human stand point to accomplish His purpose. The reason He chooses the unlikely and impossible is so that He will get the glory and not man.
Now lets look at this from the viewpoint of Joshua and Caleb. They were faithful. They were on God’s agenda and yet they had to circle around in the wilderness for forty years, why? God’s plan and purpose effected more that just them. He had a bigger plan in mind. He wanted to use the nation of Israel to be a witness of His glory to all the world.
Now God didn’t turn His back on Joshua and Caleb. Blessed them and used them for the furtherance of His plan and purpose. They alone were given the priviledge of entering the promised land.