Message by Pastor Percy Ocansey – Walk2live.com
The principle of the tree of life is dependence. Knowledge creates independence and that life demands dependence. Obtaining a certain body of knowledge permits us to graduate and to act independently. For example, I may not know how to cook. After studying the art of cooking under an expert chef, I will eventually become knowledgeable, independent and able to cook without the aid of my instructor. However, in things pertaining to life, we can never be independent. We are dependent upon life constantly.
When God called Abraham to leave Ur of the Chaldees, He did not give him a map or a specific direction to follow. God did not say, “Abraham, here is a map for your journey. God simply told Abraham to leave his country, kinsmen and father’s house. God did not tell Abraham where he should go but Abraham left and moved continually in His presence. The presence of God was his map. God’s presence was his direction, his leading and his guidance.
No matter what you are doing now or intended to do, you need these THREE major components or keys; namely His PRESENCE; His LEADINGS and His GUIDANCE. If Abraham had asked God, “Lord, tell me where I should go tomorrow,” He would have replied, “My child, sleep well and be at peace. Do not be troubled. Tomorrow I will be your guidance. I will be your living map.”
If you have the living God as your co-driver, you will not need a map. He will be your living map and your living guide. Actually, you will even cease being the driver and let Him drive.
Prayer is a burden, without a burden prayer is not a prayer. Ephesians 5: 20-28; “giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself”.
All Christian wives know the verse which tells them to submit to their own husbands; likewise, the husbands also know the verse which tells them to love their wives; but we, however, fail to fulfil the requirements of these verses. As husbands and wives, you should not live according to knowledge. We must live by life.
As a wife, you should say, “Lord, I don’t know how to submit to my husband. Lord, even if I do know, I cannot do it. I will forget about it, Lord. I won’t use my effort or energy to fulfil this requirement. Lord Jesus, help me to stay in Your presence daily. I want to abide in You and enjoy You every day. If you do this, submission spontaneously will flow out of your inner being. It will be the overflow of your enjoyment of Christ as your inner life. This is a dependence on The Lord Jesus who is our Life. The same goes for the husband too.
The principle of life is dependence. We all must be dependent.