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.

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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

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.

Emanna: Grace Being with Our Spirit

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

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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.

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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