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: Making Confession to God

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1 John 1:8 If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

(9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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If we are willing to be enlightened by the Lord, He will show us many unrighteous things. Once we see that we are wrong, we should not be afraid of confessing our wrong. When we first become a Christian, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. The worst thing is being ignorant of our mistakes or refusing to admit our mistakes once we know them. Being ignorant of our mistakes is being in darkness. Sins can be forgiven, but darkness cannot be forgiven. If we confess our sins, the Lord will forgive us. But darkness makes us ignorant of our sins; therefore, we cannot enjoy forgiveness.
If we confess our sins, He, according to His word and based on the redemption through the blood of Jesus, forgives us because He must be faithful in His word and righteous in the blood of Jesus; otherwise, He would be unfaithful and unrighteous. Our confession is needed for His forgiveness. Such forgiveness of God, which is for the restoration of our fellowship with Him, is conditional; it depends on our confession. Both God’s forgiveness and God’s cleansing are needed for the restoration of our broken fellowship with God, that we may enjoy Him in uninterrupted fellowship with a good conscience, a conscience void of offense.
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Bible verses and footnote from pp 1179-1180 are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 216-217.  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: Human Beings Have Three Parts

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1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete…
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul [Gk. Psyche]; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body…
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow…
2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.

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All human beings, regardless of their race or nationality, are vessels of God. The Bible, the word of God, divides this vessel into three parts—the spirit, the soul, and the body. Everyone is aware of his own physical body. It is tangible, concrete, temporal, and lends itself to scientific investigation. A chemistry professor, might produce an analysis chart and point out that human beings are composed of so many percent water, nitrogen, carbon, and various other elements. Although man has managed to prolong biological life, every man comes to the point where he has to admit that the body is a dead end. God’s purpose for man does not focus on man’s physical body.

After examining man according to his view, a psychologist might say that besides man’s body, man has an inward, hidden composition. Man has a mind, a thinking organ. He also has emotions, the faculty of inner feeling, capable of loving, hating, and being depressed and elated. He might also point out that man has a will, a faculty for making decisions. He would say that our inner self, our psychological self, is our real self, while our body is merely the outward shell of our being. Psyche, the root of such English words as psychiatry and psychology, comes from the Greek word meaning “soul.” Psychology is the study of the soul. The three faculties of mind, will, and emotion compose the personality and are merely the components of the human soul.

The last two centuries of human history have seen the spectacular rise of the soul’s powers. The great minds have contributed an abundance of thought, and technological advancement. The great wills have produced an abundance of decisive action in government and culture. Yet in spite of man’s great accomplishments, the sense of inner emptiness remains. We can conquer the moon, but within ourselves there remains some uncharted territory. We can study the world’s great philosophies and still not find the answer to the great questions concerning our human existence. We can obtain the highest education and yet remain restless and dissatisfied. Within the soul of man, the search for the meaning of human life will always end in frustration.

Hidden and obscured, there is a faculty deep within man that has remained a mystery throughout all the ages. It is deeper than the soul. Just as the life-giving marrow is hidden within the bone, hidden within the soul is the human spirit. The spirit of man was made specifically to contain God Himself, to be filled with God. Man is never satisfied because this deepest part still remains to be filled. Through the mind man is able only to consider God and know God objectively, but through the spirit man is able to contact God, contain God, and enjoy God.

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the
Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
“Meaning of Human Life” pp. 4-7. Both are published by Living
Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

Emanna: Praying for Gospeling Opportunities

Enjoyed this passage today, in that we would be those who constantly pray for the release of our mouths to speak the gospel in a bold way. May the Lord would have a way to speak through us! Had a little experience of this today, where I met with a work colleague, and though I had not intended to speak regarding the gospel (the “good news” per se), the Lord provided the opportunity for me to speak a word on this matter. As a result, I now have a deeper burden for speaking more of the gospel of the glory of God to my colleague. Praise the Lord for His ways! May He gain our cooperation to pray with Him to release the gospel to all : )

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Ephesians 6:19  And [pray] for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,  (20)  For which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I would speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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You also need to pray unceasingly for God to provide you with the right opportunity to speak. When you pray, God will give you the opportunity. One sister gathered a group of women together once a week and led them in a Bible study. The women all worked in the same company, and none of them believed in the Lord. One of them was very particular about her dress. She was very proud and would not listen to anything the sister said. The sister took notice of her and prayed for her. She asked God to give her the opportunity to speak to the woman. One day she felt a desire to invite the woman over for tea. Since this woman loved to socialize, she accepted the invitation.

When she came, the sister encouraged her to believe in the Lord. She replied, “I cannot believe. I like to gamble, and I love pleasure. I do not want to lose these things. I cannot believe in Jesus.” The woman said, “The price is too high. I cannot afford it.” The sister said, “I hope you will go back and consider it.” After she said this, she continued to pray for her. The woman returned home and knelt down to pray. After she prayed, she suddenly said, “I have decided to follow the Lord Jesus today.” She changed suddenly. She could not explain it, but her heart just turned. She changed her attire; she no longer dressed the same as before. Wonderful things followed one after another. Within a year many of her colleagues were brought to the Lord one by one.

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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. 299-300. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

Emanna: Believing and Being Baptised

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Mark 16:16  He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.
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,
3: 16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that every one who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.

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[Part 1 of 2]
To believe is to receive the Slave-Savior (John 1:12), not only for forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43) but also for regeneration [i.e. to be born anew with God’s eternal life] (1 Pet. 1:21, 23), so that those who believe may become the children of God and the members of Christ (Eph. 5:30) in an organic union with the Triune God (Matt. 28:19). To be baptized is to affirm this, by being buried to terminate the old creation through the death of the Slave-Savior and by being raised up to be the new creation of God through the Slave-Savior’s resurrection.

To believe and to be so baptized are two parts of one complete step for receiving the full salvation of God. To be baptized without believing is merely an empty ritual; to believe without being baptized is to be saved only inwardly without an outward affirmation of the inward salvation. These two should go together. Mark 16:16 does not say “who does not believe and is not baptized shall be condemned.” This indicates that condemnation is related only to not believing; it is not related to not being baptized. Believing itself is sufficient for one to receive salvation from condemnation; yet it needs baptism as an outward affirmation for the completion of one’s inward salvation.

Some may rightly think that salvation is not dependent on hope, confession, works, or prayer, but still think that one must both believe and be baptized in order to be saved. This concept is also incorrect. Even though Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved,” we have to pay attention to what the word “saved” refers to. In the Bible there are several kinds of salvation: the eternal salvation by which one obtains eternal life, the believer’s daily salvation, the salvation through affliction, the salvation of the body, and the salvation of the soul in which one reigns with the Lord in the kingdom of the heavens. The salvation related to baptism is our salvation from the realm of the sinful world. This is different from having eternal life. Having eternal life is a personal matter of receiving eternal life, but being baptized is to be saved out of a sinful realm.

If a person only believes but is not baptized, although he has eternal life, in the eyes of the world he is still not a saved one. He must rise up to be baptized and declare that he has nothing to do with the sinful realm. Others will then acknowledge that he has been saved. In order to receive eternal life, deliverance from condemnation, and eternal salvation, all that one has to do is believe; there are no additional requirements. The first part of Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved,” and the second part says, “But he who does not believe shall be condemned.” The second part does not say that “he who does not believe and who is not baptized shall be condemned.” In order to be saved from the sinful realm of the world, one must believe and be baptized. In order to be condemned, however, all that he has to do is not believe. In other words, the requirement for not being condemned is just believing; it is not baptism in addition to believing. The criminal on the cross was not baptized, yet the Lord said, “Today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:40-43). He believed and was not condemned; rather, he was saved and had eternal life. Therefore, baptism is not a condition for receiving eternal life.
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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 436-437, and Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 1) Vol. 20: Questions on the Gospel, Chapter 44, Section 2. All are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA