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The best of both worlds (spiritual and physical lives)

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Posted Jun 27, 2006 at 1:59:00 AM
Subject: The best of both worlds (spiritual and physical lives)
Is it possible in our earthly lives to attain the best of both the spiritual and physical lives? Spiritual : 1. To eat of the spiritual Bread of Life provided by our Lord, which gives us spiritual strength. 2. To bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit : joy, love, peace, long suffering, etc. 3. To always be humble like a ‘little child’ 4. To attain ‘peace of mind’ and heart and remain unaffected by the ‘spiritual storms’ surrounding both our spiritual and physical lives. 5. To try to attain ‘eternal life’ and hope to make it to through with the guidance and strength provided by the Lord through his Words. Physical : 1. To work hard to make a comfortable living 2. To enjoy life and live to the fullest 3. To try to look our best physically (grooming, tidiness, physically fit) 4. To be healthy by eating the right foods and exercising 5. To continually educate ourselves (i.e. reading or studying) 6. To have a cheerful disposition and have good social relation with all people Wouldn’t it be great if we can be like Abraham, Job, David, etc. who were not only spiritually rich but physically rich as well in most aspects of life? (social, health, material, intellectual). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all try to work out to attain the best of both worlds? If life can be this great, what more can a true Christian ask for? Could this be a shadow of the ‘life eternal’ our Lord promised to his chosen few?
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Posted: Jun 29, 2006 3:16:00 PM
[color=darkblue]The best of both worlds (spiritual and physical lives) I think our perception of this status in life should be distinguished from that of the Natural Man which we used to be. Let us remember now we live in the “First Heaven” (spiritually), while at same time in the “kingdom of Satan” physically. God has revealed to us the difference between the meaning of JOY and PEACE, now and before. The things that gave us much joy before, now we find them less enjoyable. The kind of peace we used to enjoy, now we realized it is only superficial brought about by discipline and mind-conditioning. I think the point raised leads us to the life of King Solomon who, in his position in physical life, has no equal even by today’s standard. HIS OBSERVATION: Ecc 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecc 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecc 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease. HIS CONCLUSION: Ecc 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? Ecc 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. SOMETHING MORE WILL BE REVEALED AS WE “WALK IN THE SPIRIT.” Gal 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Gal 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. [/color]
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Posted: Jul 02, 2006 8:41:45 AM
Since Jesus Christ is our model, and Paul said he followed His footsteps, Christ and Paul must have lived “The best of both worlds (spiritual and physical lives).” Jesus as a carpenter must have been happy with His physical life, so was Paul who worked as a tent maker. Christ preaching the word must be His joy, and Paul conscientiously sharing what he received from the Lord, also must have found the same degree of joy. Of course peace follows joy. What I see is, whatever our station in life and wherever we are, since God has made His words as sweet as honey to us, our physical life follows. After all, these things will just be left when we die and what remains is eternal glory waiting for us. This is where I can see the joy of Solomon in saying: Ecc 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him? Ecc 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
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