December 7, 2020
Survival Supplies ?
foreseeing, faithful, and gracious, our
Lord Jesus Christ did not leave His
church in the wilderness of this world
without survival supplies. In short,
those essentials of spiritual life are
the "food" of God's Word and "water" of
confirmed that in biblical symbolism
food, specifically "bread," represents
God's Word: "Man shall not live by
bread alone but by every word
that proceedeth out of the mouth of God"
(Matthew 4:4). He also confirmed "water"
is a symbol of the Holy Spirit by
describing the fullness, or Baptism, of
the Holy Spirit as "living water...a
well of water, springing up
into everlasting life," and later,
"rivers of living [flowing, fresh]
water" (John 4:10, 14; 7:37-39).
These are the essentials of spiritual
Not one or the other but both are
necessary to our survival. If we had all
the food we needed but no water, we
could not survive in the wilderness. If,
on the other hand, we had abundant
fresh, flowing water but no food, we
could survive only a short time.
So I have some questions that have been
burning in my heart a long, long time.
May I share them?
Why does part of the body of Christ try
to survive on God's Word alone, with
little or no active seeking of the full
anointing and power and gifts of His
Spirit? Theirs seems to be a "bread
only" attitude and practice.
Conversely, why does the other half of
the body of Christ try to survive by
seeking the moving of the Spirit and the
presence and miracles of God, yet too
often neglects to equally emphasize the
deep, thorough study of God's Word and
its sole authority in examining the
validity of our spiritual experiences
and teachings? Theirs seems to be a
"water only" theology and practice.
not intend it to be this way! He did not
want us to try to survive the
spiritually hostile wilderness of this
world on only one or the other of these,
His vital provisions!
It is Christ's express will that we seek
and derive benefit from both the "food"
and "water" He has given us and quit
trying to claim either of them alone
will enable us to be spiritually mature
Christians, churches, and ministries
fulfilling our callings and commissions.
while passing through this wilderness I
want all the vital supplies I
can get my hands on - all the food, all
the water! To reject any part of the
survival gear Christ has provided is to
insult His wisdom by implying that what
He deemed necessary is really optional
and we can get by quite comfortably
without it. That is foolishness
masquerading as wisdom. It is a sure
road map to disaster.
May the Lord help us see there is no
competition between the food and water
Christ left us. The Scriptures and the
Spirit complement one another in the
mature believer's daily life and kingdom
work. May we accept them both as
biblical and necessary survival supplies
- and thrive!