Vitalising our reading of the Bible!

Since my consecration to read through (and enjoy) the Holy Bible late last year, I’ve been following a Bible reading schedule courtesy of www.readHisWord.com. I have been fairly consistent with my readings, but the aim is that I’d gain more enjoyment of Christ whilst spiritually eating, digesting and becoming constituted with the word of God.

A blog I have been following over the past few months has some really practical ways when it comes to living out the church life, and I’d like to present another post which the fellow brother posted.

My highlights from the blog post are as follows:

1. We need to seek God when we come to the Bible! (John 5:39)
2. The condition of our heart must be right in coming to the Bible – anything that hinders us from coming to God in the Bible, deal with this! (2 Corinthians 3:16)
3. We need to come to the Word to receive it as life, not merely as laws! (2 Cor. 3:6John 10:10b)
4. To seek the Spirit in the Word is far better than to keep the law of the letter – “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor. 3:6)
5. We need to have the proper attitude in coming to the Bible! This can be represented by 26 points as seen in Psalm 119:

A. Choose God’s word (Psa. 119:173).
B. Believe God’s word (v. 66).
C. Lift up our hands to it, receive it warmly, saying Amen to it (v. 48Neh. 8:5-6).
D. Love God’s word (v. 97).
E. Delight in God’s word (v. 24)
F. Taste God’s word (v. 103; cf. 1 Pet. 2:2-3).
G. Rejoice in God’s word (v. 162).
H. Sing God’s word (v. 54Col. 3:16).
I.  Regard God’s word (v. 117).
J.  Have a perfect heart in it (v. 80).
K.  Incline our heart to it (v. 36).
L.  Seek it, long for it, and hope in it with prayer (vv. 4540147)
M . Trust in it (v. 42).
N.  Muse on it (v. 15).
O.  Consider it (v. 95b).
P.  Esteem it to be right (v. 128a).
Q.  Learn it (v. 73).
R.  Treasure it (v. 72).
S.  Treasure up God’s word in your heart (v. 11).
T.  Remember it and do not forget it (v. 52)
U.  Stand in awe of it (v. 161).
V.  Cling to it (v. 31).
W. Do not forsake it (v. 87).
X.  Turn your feet toward it (v. 59).
Y.  Keep, observe and do it (v. 69).
Z.  Walk in it and run the way of it (vv.132a).

May we come to the word of God not merely to seek knowledge (which though sounding “good”, is still a part of the tree of knowledge of good and evil) but to seek God and His riches!

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Emanna: The Way to Defeat Satan

As I have been going outstation, I have been enjoying the Emanna readings that I am catching up on. To give some context of the readings, I have included some verses that relate to the way to defeat Satan, followed by a personally transcribed passage of my enjoyment from the readings:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness…
2:9 And out of the ground made Jehovah God caused to grow
every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food,
as well as the tree of life in the middle of the garden…
3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than every other animal
of the field…And he said to the woman…

Matthew 1:20 …do not be afraid to take Mary your wife, for
that which has been begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 3:21 …and as Jesus was baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened, (22) And the Holy Spirit descended in
bodily form as a dove upon Him….

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the
authority to become children of God, to those who believe
into His name.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all with unveiled face, beholding and
reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as
from the Lord Spirit.

Man (as represented by Adam) originally was created in the image of God, but didn’t have the life of God within Him. Hence, man was merely a God-created man, not a God-man! Because of this, when Satan as the serpent came in to tempt man, man could not resist because he did not possess the very life of God in him, which would have been able to withstand the temptations of the enemy!
The Lord Jesus was the first true God-man – essentially filled with the divine life of God from his birth (being conceived of the Holy Spirit) and economically clothed with God at His baptism. What is most impressive is that while Satan approached Adam to attack him, the Lord Jesus had the boldness to go and attack Satan in the wilderness! Being filled with the Spirit and clothed by the Spirit enabled Him to fight against the enemy, and even win as He overcame all the three temptations that Satan questions Him about (turning stone into bread; angels to to save the Lord Jesus as He falls from a clift; granting Him rulership over the whole earth). Hallelujah! 😀

Short. Sharp. Living.

The above are components of a prophecy. Or in essence, how a prophecy should be. Now when I say prophecy, I don’t necessarily refer to the definition of foretelling the future or likewise. Instead, this relates more to a prophecy which speaks about God, or speaks forth God.

In typing this post, this is my aim. Today, I returned home from an eight day adventure of enjoying the Lord with high school students from various areas in New Zealand, even one was from Vietnam. This adventure is known as the Summer School of Truth.

I was struck by the realisation over the last week that my knowledge of God, my experience of God and my enjoyment of God are all so limited. On the last night of the summer school, we had an optional meeting which was about consecration, and there was a brief period during the meeting where everyone could personally open up to the Lord and allow Him to work on us. A song we sung during this meeting really exposed this matter to me (of being so limited), and I was truly re-enlightened concerning my lack of God in so many ways in my living. Hence, I will recall the words here which touched my inner being, paying attention to bold markings to represent precious points:

`1. Since I opened my heart to You

From the first time until now,

I’m realising more how small I am,

How little I am, how much I need in You to grow.

2. Lord Jesus, how great You are,

O Jesus, most excellent by far.

Only You can satisfy,

Lord, Your name be magnified.

Lord Jesus, how excellent You are.

3. So day by day, help me open more.

Lord, dig away all that blocks You.

Drop by drop, may Your life within meincrease.

Till just You are in view, I pursue.

I shall post up more of my enjoyment from the summer school in a later post (which will hopefully be up tomorrow), but here’s to some up-to-date enjoyment!