Ministry Excerpt: The Fulfillment of the Tabernacle and the Offerings in the Writings of John

Even though you may hear many messages on life, you still may not be deeply impressed that you need Christ as your daily life supply. This is the reason we have been studying the Bible together in the way of life and giving messages that are called Life-study messages. The burden in these messages is to point out that the Bible is not merely for teaching – the Bible is for life and life supply. We should not come to the Bible merely to seek teachings concerning commandments and regulations. Because the Bible is for life and life supply, we should come to it for food. The food we enjoy through the Word is the Lord Jesus Himself as the bread of life.
The crucial point [in John 6] is that even though we may not be sick, blind, lame, or withered, we still are hungry. All those around the pool were sick [5:2-3], but those around the seas were hungry [6:1, 5-6]. The problem of those in Galilee was not impotence – their problem was the lack of food. They did not have anything to fill their hungry.

Humanly speaking, most people are not sick, but everyone needs food. The number of people going to supermarkets to buy food is far greater than the number of those in hospitals. Even though the majority of people are not sick, everyone has the need of food. Spiritually speaking, everyone is hungry. All those around the worldly, satanic, sea, represented by the sea in Galilee, are hungry. The reason everyone is hungry is that all of them are short of Christ. If we do not have Christ, we will be hungry. This is the most important sign we need to see in chapter 6 of the Gospel of John.

We do not realise how blind we have been concerning our need. Throughout the generations and the centuries human beings have been blind. Because of their blindness, they turn to religion with its ordinances, regulations, and rituals. People do not simply have any idea of what they really need. They do not know that they are short of Christ as their food. We do not need religion, and we do not need regulations and rituals. We need Christ to be our spiritual food.

Really good point in the ministry, as part of today’s Holy Word for Morning Revival. Especially enjoyed the second paragraph in the excerpt above. Even though I type this at night, I’m reminded how our fundamental need, beyond being healed, is that we need to be fed. And what better way than to feed on Christ as the heavenly bread, Christ as the bread of God, Christ as the bread of life, Christ as the living bread, and Christ as the true bread? [rhetorical question – for there is nothing far better! :D]

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Ministry Excerpt: Life-study of Exodus

Many believers lack the weight of spiritual authority simply because they have not utterly dealt with their peculiarities. Culture, opinions, peculiarities, and habits are all hiding places of the flesh, and these damage our spiritual life. Because we spare the good aspects of the flesh, these aspects consume our kingship, our authority. As those who have been in the Lord for many years and who love Him and seek Him, we should have considerable spiritual weight. We should be filled with the kingship, with divine authority.

If we would follow the Lord’s word to utterly destroy the flesh, we shall have the kingship and shall be in God’s kingdom. But if we fail to carry out His word to destroy Amalek, we shall cut ourselves off from God’s authority and become joined to the demons and to the idols of vanity.

O Lord, do deliver us from our flesh, with all its culture, opinions, peculiarities and habits! May we be those who eat and drink of Christ as our life supply, pray with the interceeding Christ, and put to death the flesh with the fighting Spirit.

Ministry Excerpt: Life-study of Exodus

Do not think that because you have been saved a long time and have had certain spiritual experiences, your flesh can no longer become prevailing. It is a fact that if our prayer ceases, our flesh will spontaneously show itself to be the same as that of unbelievers… The flesh cannot be influenced, changed, or improved, even after you have been a Christian for many decades. If your prayer ceases, your flesh will be the same today as it was before you were saved. Because the flesh does not change or improve, we need to pray without ceasing.

O Lord! Do remind us to keep praying all the time, every moment of each day, that we wouldn’t revert back to our flesh! Since the flesh is the expression of the old man… May we deny the flesh and put on the new man, who is Christ!

Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:1-3

The whole commandment which I am commanding you today, you shall keep and do, so that you may live and multiply, and enter and possess the land which Jehovah swore to your fathers. And you shall remember all the way that Jehovah your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness in order to humble you and test you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. And He humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you the manna, which you had never known nor your fathers had ever known, so that He might make you know that man lives not by bread alone, but that man lives by everything that proceeds out from the mouth of Jehovah.