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The Christian Weaning from Old to New – The Donkey and Zebra Story

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Pastor Steven Birnie

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A very good evening to you from Scotland and welcome to the Christian Article and Study Support Page of the Christian Back to Basics Online Bookshop. This Friday Night Article is becoming a regular feature of our Blog in which we hope to share a message which I feel God has laid on my heart as hopefully a word in season for our Christian readers so where ever you are in the world tonight, I hope this short message will be of great blessings to you in your personal walk with the Lord. The message this evening might appear to have a strange title however, I’m sure as you read on, you’ll see its meaning. This illustration comes from a dearly departed but very well known Preacher and Teacher in the Body of Christ called Derek Prince and it was a teaching, which I’d heard years ago and it helped me understand my circumstances at the time. 
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Jesus used many earthly examples to explain Kingdom Principles and often, these were short, sweet and very much to the point giving the hearers a simple and clear illustration to understand. Most modern day Christian teachers take on the same mantle, using many different

Rev.Derek Prince

Rev.Derek Prince

ways and examples to preach and teach a message and this one from Derek, was especially helpful for those who might be weaning from an old life to a new life in Christ. One of the best examples I could give as an introduction to this message and of the weaning principle would be that of the Children of Israel departing Egypt for the first time and beginning their 40 years wandering in the wilderness. The Children of Israel had been slaves for a long time under the power of the Pharaoh and in many ways it was all that they knew, they didn’t know what it was like to walk with the God of their fathers, they understood little his ways and as a people, they lacked the character for their promises in God. It was during this time in the wilderness, that God began to teach them as a people, to wean them from their old ways of thinking into a new righteous way of thinking. This was no small task however, when their wilderness experience came to an end, the Children of Israel were a different people, a people of God, ready to take their promised land.

 
It’s this process which most Christians go through to varying degrees and without being taught what the first few months of being a Christian is like, much confusion and error could occur so hopefully, the Donkey and Zebra story will illustrate this state of mind perfectly.
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A young man growing up in Israel grew up next door to a Donkey and for the first 20 years of his life, he was told this animal was a Zebra. Years later he moved to South-Africa and one day he saw a Zebra on Safari and asked the guide what the animal was. The guide told him that this animal was a Zebra to which the young man said “no, it can’t be, I grew up next to a Zebra in my home town, that’s not a Zebra”. The guide said “well yes son it is a Zebra, describe the animal you grew up next to”. The young man described the animal to which the guide said, “sorry son, what you grew up next to was a Donkey, not a Zebra”. Later it was confirmed again and again that the animal he’d seen was indeed a Zebra and what he’d grew up next to was indeed a Donkey. It took him a long time but after a while his mind began to change from the thing he’d believed.
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I hope you see the illustration, when we come to Christ as an individual we come to him with worldly fears, worldly ways of thinking and worldly attitudes. It’s all we know, it’s what the world, our parents and our friends have taught us and it’s ingrained into as a person. Like the Children of Israel and our young man with the Donkey, we too need God to work on us to change our minds, transform our lives and make us a child of God and these things can take time. Some pick things up and change their minds very quickly and others who might have been hurt or damaged, might take that bit longer but the illustration remains the same. God might have brought you out of your Egypt but your Egypt, might not be out of you just yet and it’s God’s first priority to establish, strengthen and settle you into your new life and promises with him.
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I hope if you are indeed a new Christian feeling your way through the first months then you’ll take this illustration on board to explain how things can appear when you’e first walking with God. It can be a little difficult at times depending on how you came to him of course. Some come to him having believed he wasn’t real all of their lives and all of a sudden, he’s real to them and it takes time to adjust but your mind and heart will adapt. It will adapt though because it’s not a new cult or religious belief system which is being forced upon you no, it’s the tender, loving and gracious God who is impressing himself upon you and you can trust him, he created you and knows everything about you so don’t worry, just relax and enjoy God.
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God bless
Pastor Steven Birnie
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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.


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