Emanna: All Things Are for Us

I am encouraged by the following excerpt. There are many things that go on in our lives, simple ordinary activities and special outstanding occasions, with positive and negative features. Through all these things, God is working to perfect us to become His expression, His Body. Even as today we have a number of successes and/or failures, the outcome is the realisation that these are not for us primarily, but that God’s desire would be worked out in us. 

So all things, regardless whether good or bad, are for us. And for all things to be for us really means that all things are for God, in particular that we would be for God. No matter the situation, make room for God’s perfecting us in Christ to become His expression!

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1 Corinthians 3:21-23 So then let no one boast in men, for all things are yours, Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all are yours, But you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

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According to these verses, not only the spiritual giants are for us, but all things, including negative things such as the world and death, are for us. This means that even the world and death can work good for us. God uses everything to perfect us. Hence, all things are for us, we are for Christ, and Christ is for God. God uses everything to perfect us so that we may be the living Body of Christ. Therefore, we are the Body for Christ, and Christ is the expression of God. Thus, Christ is for God. God is expressed through Christ, Christ is expressed through us, and we are perfected through all things. If we see this, we shall be content to receive all that God ordains for us. God may ordain a difficult husband or wife. He may even ordain death. But even a difficult spouse or death itself is for us and is used to perfect us. Therefore, we need to receive what God has ordained and acknowledge that it is being used by Him to perfect us.

As an elderly person, I have passed through a great many things in my lifetime. I can truly testify that all things are mine and that God uses them all to perfect me. Because God uses all things, I find it very difficult to say who would make the best wife for a certain brother or the best husband for a certain sister. How blessed we are to be perfected by all things! Oh, how good it is to see that all things are for us!

In the light of this word, we should not exalt anyone, and we should not have any preferences or choices concerning persons, matters, or things. Rather, we should see that all things, bad as well as good, are for us to perfect us so that we may become the Body of Christ, who is the expression of God. This is the proper understanding of Paul’s word that all things are ours, that we are Christ’s, and that Christ is God’s.

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of 1Corinthians, pp. 293-295. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

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Emanna: Telling Him Your Troubles

It’s so wonderful that we can just come to the Lord just as we are. He’s always got an open ear to hear us out, so we can confide in Him as a dear, close companion : )

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1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all respects like us, yet without sin.

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Our Lord is a Lord in whom men can confide. Men can easily tell the Lord what they want to say. Many times we encounter sufferings. Many times we have joy. Many times we need someone to share our sorrow or joy, but we are unable to find someone. Even though our Lord is great, He does not neglect the small things. He is willing to listen to everything concerning us.

No man can sympathize with everyone. But our Lord can sympathize with everyone. He cares for the affairs of us all. In His heart, there seems to be no one else’s affairs but ours. He bears all our sorrows. Our Lord is willing to bear all our anxieties and patient to listen to our speaking. Do not think that He will not listen. We should never be lazy in bringing our matters to Him. He is waiting for us to tell them to Him, and He is happy to listen to our speaking.

We should realize that when we have a thorough talk with the Lord and pour out our heart to Him, our intimacy with the Lord is one step further, and we know Him a little more. Intimate contact with Him at these times is hundreds of times better than our ordinary fellowship with Him. By these contacts we advance in life. We are not saying that you cannot ask others to pray for you or ask others to help you. We are saying that one can only be drawn closer to the Lord through telling Him everything.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Tell Him. The Collected Works…vol. 18. 327-329. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible
and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Tell Him. The
Collected Works…vol. 18. 327-329. Both are published by
Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: The Condition to Receive God’s Blessing

What I enjoyed from this excerpt is that we need to be hungry and thirsty in order to receive God’s blessing. Here is the chorus of a hymn which I feel is fitting for this Emanna portion:

Feed me, Lord Jesus, give me to drink,
Fill all my hunger, quench all my thirst;
Flood me with joy, be the strength of my life,
Fill all my hunger, quench all my thirst.

See http://www.witness-lee-hymns.org/hymns/H0811.html for the full version of this hymn.

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Luke 1:53 The hungry He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.
Psalm 107:9 For He satisfies the thirsty soul, and the famished soul He fills with good.

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We must realize that God’s blessing to man is based on one condition. In order for God to bless a man, he must satisfy one condition: he must be hungry. If we are not hungry, we cannot expect to receive anything from God. God’s riches and grace are reserved for only one kind of people: those who are hungry. Many people are often dissatisfied and unhappy. However, dissatisfaction and unhappiness are not necessarily the same as hunger. A man may be unhappy and dissatisfied, yet at the same time, refuse to seek for more because he is not hungry even though he is dissatisfied. What does it mean to be hungry? It is being empty before God and feeling unfulfilled within. An empty and unfulfilled feeling is an impetus for a person to seek after God. However, if a person is not hungry, he can sit in the same place for days without doing anything. God has promised to fill only those who are hungry. He has not promised to fill those who are dissatisfied. Those who are full, that is, who think that they are rich, will be sent away empty- handed.

Miss Barber [this writer’s spiritual mentor] used to tell others that from her youth through her old age she had an eternal hunger for God. She told others that whenever her eyes were not set on the Lord, she would not feel hungry. But whenever her eyes were set on the Lord, she would be continually hungry before the Lord. She was hungry continually, and the Lord filled her continually.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Life and Light. The Collected Works…vol. 41. 63-64.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: The Inner Leading of the Spirit

I enjoyed from this excerpt of Emanna about the inner leadings of the Spirit, in that the Spirit can either inwardly urge or forbid us. We need to pay attention to this sense of the Spirit within our spirit, for out of it we can have life and peace (or contrariwise, have unrest and spiritual death). The matter is that we do not introspect our senses, trying to think whether one is an inner urging or an inner forbidding by the Spirit. But what we need to do is pay attention to God’s will, set our mind on the Spirit, and out of it we shall have life and peace – God Himself.
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Romans 8:6  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace. (14)  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
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There are two kinds of leading of the Holy Spirit. The first is an inner urging, as in Acts 8:29 when “the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot” and in Acts 10:19-20 when the Holy Spirit said to Peter, “Rise up, go down and go with them.” These are inner urgings. The second kind of leading is an inner forbidding, as mentioned in Acts 16:6-7: “Having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.” This is the inner forbidding.

In order to know God’s will, a new believer should be somewhat familiar with the inner sense. The Spirit of God dwells in the innermost part of man. Hence, the feeling of the Spirit is not something shallow or outward; it issues from the deepest part of man’s being. It is a voice that is not quite a voice, a feeling that is not quite a feeling. The Spirit of God within shows us whether something is according to His will. Provided we have the divine life within, we will feel right when we act according to this life, and we will feel terrible and uneasy within if we disobey and deviate slightly from this life. A believer should live a life that yields to this life. We must not do things that will take away our inner peace. Whenever we sense any unrest, we should realize that the Holy Spirit within is displeased with what we are doing; He is grieved. If we do something that is contrary to the Lord, we will surely have no peace within. The more we go ahead with it, the less peace and joy we will have. If something is of the Lord, spontaneously we will have peace and joy. However, do not overanalyze your inward feelings. If you keep analyzing whether or not something is right, you will be totally confused.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 408-409.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: Making Confession to God

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1 John 1:8 If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

(9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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If we are willing to be enlightened by the Lord, He will show us many unrighteous things. Once we see that we are wrong, we should not be afraid of confessing our wrong. When we first become a Christian, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. The worst thing is being ignorant of our mistakes or refusing to admit our mistakes once we know them. Being ignorant of our mistakes is being in darkness. Sins can be forgiven, but darkness cannot be forgiven. If we confess our sins, the Lord will forgive us. But darkness makes us ignorant of our sins; therefore, we cannot enjoy forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, He, according to His word and based on the redemption through the blood of Jesus, forgives us because He must be faithful in His word and righteous in the blood of Jesus; otherwise, He would be unfaithful and unrighteous. Our confession is needed for His forgiveness. Such forgiveness of God, which is for the restoration of our fellowship with Him, is conditional; it depends on our confession. Both God’s forgiveness and God’s cleansing are needed for the restoration of our broken fellowship with God, that we may enjoy Him in uninterrupted fellowship with a good conscience, a conscience void of offense.
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Bible verses and footnote from pp 1179-1180 are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 216-217.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: Don’t Think of Yourself as a Sinner

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1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Hebrews 10:17 He then says, “And their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall by no means remember anymore.”

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When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Savior, God sees us as if we have never sinned. We must never have the thought that we are still a sinner and cannot be sure of our position before God… Thank God that He has put us into Christ; we can stand before Him as if we have never sinned. Christ is our righteousness.

We lose our boldness in coming to God because we have looked at ourselves. We are afraid of seeing God because we have not looked at Christ. If we see only Christ, not ourselves, we will be bold every time we come to God. Christ will never fail; therefore, we can never be wrong before God. Thank God that our righteousness is not vacillating; our righteousness is forever unshakable. If anyone asks us if Christian conduct, zeal, and love can change, we answer yes. If we say no, we are deceiving ourselves. But our righteousness can never change because our righteousness is Christ. May God open our eyes to see that just as we could not trust in our conduct for salvation, we cannot trust in our conduct for coming to God after we become a Christian. This does not mean that we can be loose in our conduct. We will speak of this in the next chapter. Here we are dealing with the means by which we come to God. Our means of coming to God is Christ as our righteousness. We come to God by Christ. This is forever unshakable; it is forever sure. Hallelujah!

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 207-208.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: Don’t Lose Your Boldness

I was impressed by the words of ministry in this Emanna portion. And to think that this relates to our coming towards God… Simply praise-worthy! Isn’t it wonderful that we can come forward to God with boldness (pun intended) because (not only of God’s mercy but) His righteousness? We were sinners, yet through Christ’s death we were cleansed from our sins and made right with God. Hence, God must forgive us our sins, whether we feel forgiven at one stage or not at another stage. So dear reader – don’t lose your boldness! The Bible declares that we can we can enter the presence of God through our dear Saviour’s blood : )

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Romans 3:26 With a view to the demonstrating of His righteousness… so that He might be righteous and the One who justifies him who is of the faith of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brothers, boldness for entering the Holy of Holies [where God is] in the blood of Jesus

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Whether or not a person can be a proper Christian depends on whether he understands God’s righteousness. Many people cannot live a proper Christian life because they think that their forgiveness is the result of God’s mercy. They think that God forgives them because He sees that they are hopeless. They do not realize that God’s righteousness brought about their forgiveness. Consequently, sometimes they feel that God has forgiven them, and at other times, they feel that God has not forgiven them. But we have to remember that God has given us His Son, who has borne the punishment of sin for us. Therefore, the Bible says that we can come boldly to God.

We thank and praise God that He has given us His Son. Before God gave us Jesus of Nazareth, He was free to forgive us or not forgive us. But now that He has given us Jesus of Nazareth, God cannot refuse us when we come to Him through Jesus Christ; He has to forgive us. God has to forgive those who come to Him through Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! God cannot refuse to forgive those who come to Him through Christ Jesus. Since He has given us Christ Jesus, when we come to Him through Christ, God has to forgive us whether or not He likes it. Hallelujah! We can come to God today not just because of His love, but also because of His righteousness.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 195.  Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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