Ministry Excerpt: Pharaoh and the Egyptians Having Been Subdued by God

I enjoyed the following passages this morning, and have included bold and italics as points of emphasis.

“The children of Israel did not make their exodus from Egypt of their own accord or by their own power. If they had been left to themselves, they never could have come out of Egypt. The exodus was accomplished by the saving God. Firstly, God subdued Pharaoh, the one who had usurped the children of Israel, and then He subdued all the Egyptians (12:29-33). As we apply this principle to our experience, we see that God comes in to subdue Satan, everything and everyone that stands with Satan, and also our environment. When the children of Israel made their exodus from Egypt, the whole environment was subdued by God. Everything was set for the children of Israel to leave Egypt. Even if they had wanted to remain in Egypt, the environment would not have allowed them to remain. They had no choice except to leave.

According to the picture in the book of Exodus, God’s salvation includes the aspect of the Passover and the aspect of the exodus. It was easy for God’s people to observe the Passover, but it was not easy for them to have an exodus. The difficulty lay in the fact that the exodus required a suitable environment. Suppose the situation in Egypt did not allow God’s people to leave. How then could they have made their exodus? It would have been impossible. The exodus required a thorough subduing of the environment. Israel’s exodus was the result of a long struggle between Moses and Pharaoh. It was preceded by twelve negotiations with ten plagues. This indicates that it is not easy for God to deliver His chosen people from the usurping hand of Satan and from the world. All genuine Christians have experienced the Passover, but only a small minority of believers have experienced the exodus. The reason for this is that certain aspects of their environment have not yet been subdued.

If our environment has not been subdued, we may have the Passover, but not the exodus. Perhaps your wife, husband, or relatives need to be subdued. When some hear that their environment must be subdued, they may be discouraged and want to give up. However, not even the matter of giving up depends on us; it depends wholly on the Lord. Instead of giving up, we should cooperate with Him. To be rescued from the usurping hand of Satan and from the world, we need God’s hand to subdue our environment.

In this record we are told twice that “by strength of hand” the Lord brought the children of Israel out of Egypt (13:3, 14). God’s people were saved not only by the blood of the Passover lamb, but also by the hand of God. The blood saved them from God’s righteous judgment, but the hand saved them from Pharoah’s usurpation. It is the same with us today. Through Christ as our Passover we are saved from God’s judgment, but by God’s subduing hand we are saved from Satan and the world.

The blood saved them from God’s righteous judgment, but the hand saved them from Pharoah’s usurpation. It is the same with us today. Through Christ as our Passover we are saved from God’s judgment, but by God’s subduing hand we are saved from Satan and the world.”

– excerpt from Life-study of Exodus, message 26: Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

Emanna: Grace Being with Our Spirit

A portion of Emanna to ponder over, with underlines, bold and italics for emphasis~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Phil. 4:23  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your
spirit.
2 Tim. 4:22  The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
John 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When Paul says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with
your spirit,” he means that the supply and enjoyment of the
Triune God by and through the bountiful supply of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ should be with us. When we have such a
supply, we enjoy and experience the Triune God all day long.
The spirit here is our regenerated spirit indwelt by the
Spirit of Christ. It is in this spirit of ours that we enjoy
Christ and experience Him as Paul did. Many Christians today
have missed the mark of the regenerated spirit. They speak
much about the Holy Spirit, but not of the human spirit.
Because of this neglect of the regenerated human spirit,
there is very little experience of Christ or enjoyment of the
all-inclusive grace.

If we would enjoy the grace which is with our spirit, we need
to exercise our spirit. The way to exercise the spirit is to
pray, pray-read the Word, and call on the name of the Lord
Jesus. Whenever we call on the Lord Jesus or pray to God the
Father, we automatically exercise our spirit. …when we call
on the Lord, pray in a proper way, and pray-read the Word, we
truly exercise our spirit. Exercising our spirit in this way
is the secret to enjoying the grace which is with our spirit.
Oh, we all need more exercise of the spirit to enjoy the
Lord!

We know that man has three parts: the spirit, the soul, and
the body. Bodily exercise is necessary and profitable. When I
exercise physically, I sleep better at night. It is hardly
necessary to speak of the exercise of the soul, especially of
the mind, since this is emphasized so much in the schools.
But there is a great need to emphasize the need to exercise
the spirit. The church is a spiritual gymnasium where we can
exercise our spirit. The more we exercise the spirit, the
more we shall be healthy and strong in our entire being. Our
physical body will be healthy, our mind will be sober and
keen, and our spirit will be energized. Again I say, the
exercise of the spirit is the secret, the unique way, to
participate in the very grace which is the Triune God as the
all-inclusive Spirit. As we enjoy Him, we become healthy and
strong in our spirit and in our whole being.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible, 1991, and
Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Philippians, pp. 270-271
Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

Ministry Excerpt: The Corporate Thornbush

A summary of my enjoyment of this week’s Holy Word for Morning Revival, the message on The Corporate Thornbush, related to the recent Winter Training on the Crystallisation study on the book of Exodus.

We realise that, at best, we are just a thornbush. Nevertheless, the great I Am, the God of resurrection, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, dwells within us, and we enjoy Him. Individually we are a thornbush, and together we are a corporate thornbush burning with the God of resurrection. This is a picture of the church life today.

– Life-study of Exodus

Excerpt: The Bible Being God-breathed

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”

The Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16). This tells us that the Scripture did not come out of man’s thought, man’s mind, but rather, it is God’s breathing His thought and His word through His Spirit into and out of the writers. Hence, the Bible contains God’s elements and carries His flavor. As Christians, our greatest joy, or shall we say, our greatest blessing, is to be able to contact God and taste Him daily through the word of His breath.

(Bold and italics for emphasis)

Bible Reading: Numbers 22

Numbers 22 speaks of Balak the king of Moab trying to ask Balaam, a Gentile prophet of God, to curse the Israelites. Balaam received the speaking from Jehovah to not go to meet Balak, but he still wanted to go. God’s speaking is very clear in that He said, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed” (v.12).

Footnote 1 of verse 8 for further enlightenment: “Balaam’s asking God whether he should go with the messengers or not was self-deception. If we seek the Lord’s will but are actually inclined to carry out our own desires, we may deceive ourselves, even as Balaam received himself.
We should seek the Lord’s will without having any other desire but to know His will and to do it.”

Makes me ponder my current situation and consider whether what I do is according to God’s will. O Lord, may Your will be realised in me!