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: 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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Emanna: To Walk Worthily of the Lord

~~~~~~~~~~Bible Verses~~~~~~~~~~
Col 1: 10  To walk worthily of the Lord to please Him in all
things, bearing fruit in every good work and growing by the
full knowledge of God,
Matt 3:17  And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, This
is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight.

~~~~~~~~~~Words of Ministry~~~~~~~~~~
Some think that to walk worthily of the Lord is to be humble,
nice, and generous. However, a worthy walk is a walk in which
we live Christ. We can be humble, nice and generous without
living by Christ. Only by living out Christ can we walk
worthily of the Lord. Christ is the will of God, and He should
also be our walk. A walk worthy of the Lord is “unto all
pleasing”; it is pleasing to the Lord in all ways. God the
Father is pleased with the Son (Matt. 3:17). In Galatians 1:15
and 16 Paul says that it pleased God to reveal Christ, the Son,
in him. Nothing is more pleasing to God the Father than for us
to live Christ. Apart from Christ, nothing can please the
Father.

The only time we are fully happy is when we are living Christ.
If we are humble or kind in a natural way, we are not happy.
But if we take Christ as our life and our person and live Him
out, we shall be the happiest people on earth. To live Christ
is pleasing not only to the Father, but also to us. The most
pleasant thing is to live Christ, to enjoy Christ, and to
experience Christ.

Christ is not only the will of God and our walk, but He is also
every good work and even the full knowledge of God. Once again
we see that Christ is all-inclusive. The more we get into the
book of Colossians, the more we see that Christ is hope, truth,
grace, the will of God, and everything to us.

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Praise the Lord! We can please God by taking Christ as our life and our person (because it pleased God the Father to reveal Christ the Son in us (Galatians 1:15-16) : )

Semester Break Enjoyment – Part 2: Australia Blending Trip

It’s taken me a while, but I finally finished composing an enjoyment email based on my recent trip to Australia with the saints in my locality. As for why the title is “part two”, this is because I also plan to record my enjoyment from the young people’s conference I attended in another locality a few days prior to our trip to Australia (and it helps that this trip is the most recent recollection). My memory of the young people’s conference is somewhat comparable to trying to cup water in one’s hands, but I will do my best to present my enjoyment of Christ from that period as well.

Here is the aforementioned email : )

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Praise the Lord for blending; praise Him especially for the one Body into which we’re blended into!

I recently joined a blending trip with 9 other saints from my locality to Australia. During our journey, we spent time with the saints in their localities and at the National College Age Conference (NCAC). This email encapsulates my enjoyment from this trip : )

For the majority of our trip, we spent our time in Sydney though we also visited the town of Newcastle which is about 2 hours north of Sydney. I really enjoyed being with the saints, whether it was during the conference, staying with the saints in their homes or simply spending time with them. I really felt the flow of life through the Body and had a deeper appreciation of all the saints; this trip provided me with the opportunity to know the saints more in a human manner, and I was particularly moved by their compassion, to feel the love of Christ expressed through the saints in their humanity, particularly as expressed through their testimonies of receiving the Lord. To be with the saints in Australia was just like being with the saints in New Zealand; we are all one in the divine family of God : ) I especially was especially delighted to see the saints and their progress in the Lord, knowing that their spiritual growth is in action : D

The NCAC was an intensified period of five days up in the mountains with the young people from Australia (altogether about 140 attendees; hallelujah!). The subject was ‘A Man of God’ and I really appreciate that this is such a simple, yet revealing work; we are men of God! To go along with this title, our “theme” verse included 1 Timothy 6:11 (But you, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue, righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, meekness), though there were other verses we also enjoyed along the way. The structure of the conference was catergorised into three groups: life, gospel and truth. The messages we covered were all really precious and applicable, and the messages were: a man of God, an exercised spirit, seizing the opportunity to preach the gospel through the unique way of love, a vessel unto honour, a good conscience, an inoculator, a pure heart, living a shepherding life by ministering Christ to others in love, a fighter of the good fight, and a proper humanity. I was really encouraged by everyone exercising their spirits and in a sense, this is one of the points I really enjoyed from this conference, that is, the exercise of our spirit. To exercise our spirit is actually very significant, and I was really enlightened to see that the word ‘exercise’ implies forcing; this means that to exercise our spirit is a challenge! Just like how we may desire to become physically fit by going to the gym regularly, we need to also be those regularly spiritually exercising (that is, exercising our spirit) to become spiritually strong and grow in the Lord! A verse that relates to this point is 1 Timothy 4:8 which says “For bodily exercise is profitable for a little, but godliness (the matter of expressing God in one’s living) is profitable for all things, having promise of the present life and of that which is to come.” So this may serve as a reminder to us all, that yes, it’s good to exercise physically, but it only profits the body. However, when we exercise our spirit (e.g. by expressing God in our living, being men of God through faith and baptism), this is beneficial for our entire being. Hence – let’s all exercise our spirit! ♪

In addition, when we exercise our spirit, this affords us a way to be useful for God because it’s the trigger that helps us in having a good conscience, unfeigned faith, a pure heart and a proper humanity (life attributes which are the constituents of a man of God!). In exact, to exercise our spirit requires that we deny our self, because in our natural fallen self, we are not those that are exercising our spirits. This can be likened to a person not wanting to exercise because they find it difficult to do so, and not seeing the benefits they can gain from it. There’s a struggle that we need to overcome by the Lord; this is done by denying our self that the Lord could work through us for His interests. To be useful for the Lord, we need to deny our self, exercise our spirit and thus allow the Lord to operate through us!

So how can we apply this matter of exercising our spirit? Well, as men of God, we desire that our friends, family and colleagues to enjoy the divine life and nature of God as we do. As such, we need to realise that the gospel is a way of looooove~. Yet in ourselves, we do not have the love for all mankind. But – we do know that God so loved the world. So, we can minister the love of Christ to others as the good news by means of spending time in the Lord’s presence to be unveiled (from our natural concepts which can act as insulators between the Lord and us), behold Him (to see Him and His love for humanity) and reflect Him (expressing the love of Christ in our living). This in itself is transformation, for when we behold and reflect the Lord, we are being transformed into the same image as He is (just like how when a person looks into a mirror, they expect to see their exact image in the mirror, because the mirror reflects that person’s image), and we can be those that reflect God Himself! (2 Corinthians 3:18)

My personal exhortation is to encourage blending with the saints for the building up of the Body of Christ, to gain the Lord’s testimony and expression! We need to seize the opportunities! It doesn’t matter if we blend with those in our locality, or those in a different locality; as long as we take action to spend time with the saints and be built up with Him, this maintains the healthy flow of life in the Body : )

Let’s be self-deniers and Christ-suppliers! ☆

Lord, I’ve set my heart

1. Lord, I’ve set my heart; Lord, I just love You.
Beside You I have no other desire.
Lord, I just like to live You.

Chorus: Lord, I love You because You love me.
I just like to live You,
And be under Your instant moment by moment leading.

2. On the entire earth, in the whole universe,
I have no int’rest or other desire:
My desire is only You.

3. Thank You, dearest Lord; You’ve predestinated me.
You’ve called me and saved me and, Lord, preserved me.
You have brought me, Lord, to this day.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/lb/18#ixzz1yCrKWHdm

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Taking the Lead to Minister Life

To be those who can minister life to others, we need to be put to death – not physically speaking, but this death is carried out through the divine life which operates from within us, to terminate our natural fallen self.

When we stay under the termination of the Lord’s death, His resurrection life will be dispensed into others through us. The dispensing of life into others is always the result of our receiving the killing of the cross.

The basic principle set up by the Bible for us believers is neither self-improvement nor the rejection of evil and the practice of good, but the putting of ourselves into the death of Christ. When we love the Lord and enjoy Him, we abide in Him. As such, His first operation is to put to death all the fleshly things in us… The more we die with Christ this way, the more His resurrection power will be manifested in us (Words of Life from the 1988 Full-time Training, p. 56-59).

When we abide in the Lord, our natural self is put to death and we experience resurrection! Without Christ in us, we minister our natural fallen self to others; only when we are put to death can we minister Christ as life to others! In addition, it is not that we put ourselves to death; it is by abiding in the Lord, being conformed to His death (Phil. 3:10).

For example, in our day to day lives, we all contact people through one means or another – do we minister what we are (i.e. natural fallen man; death) or the Christ whom we have experienced (i.e. life)? I have people who I am particularly burdened for, and as I consider my expressions and mannerisms, I am struck by the intensity of my self that is reflected instead of Christ Himself in me. That is to say, each one of us needs to abide in Christ more deeply, to be put to death more intensely, that we would express and minister the resurrection life of Christ more richly to others!

This is the real work of the new covenant ministry. It is not a matter of working; it is a matter of dying. In the Lord’s recovery we need to die so that life may work in others. Hence, our dying is our working. The Lord does not need you to accomplish a work for Him. He needs you to die. If you die, life will work in others. You will minister life to others by dying. Therefore, our work is to be put to death (Life-study of 2 Corinthians, p. 295).

Lord, keep me abiding in You, being conformed to Your death, that I would be ministering You as the resurrection life to those around me!