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.

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

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.