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Only personal ideas about general things, spiritual or secular. A keepsake of some realizations I especially encountered in my student-life.


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A glorious cause to live

Today is my 24th year of existence on earth. What made my life worthwhile is my life in Jesus. All the learning both moral and spiritual are all for His original intention. I am not my own. I existed not because I willed but because He sovereignly did so according to His pleasure. So in this day that marks my very first beginning in life I consecrate my self once again to my worthy Lord.

It was a tough and rough path for both of us. It must have been not easy for Him to gain me as it wasn’t easy for me to yield to Him at times. As of now, I could say that there are really hard lessons to learn. I thank the Lord for patiently making me realize. Knowing the uncertainty of this life like we never know when our last day on earth would be, we can only hope in Him that we could grow consistently in Him and be useful to Him.

It is truly a glorious cause to live and go on living for the fulfillment of the Lord’s heart’s desire. Nothing can bother me – not my difficult course, nor my environment, nor any person, nor problem – for they are not the meaning of my life.

It is a blessing to be a man, more blessed to be a God-filled man, much more to know the meaning of human life early in life, and to be one who can help others receive such blessings too.

“Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.”
-Hymn 445


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What the Life-Study says on “schedule”

As I searched the term “schedule” in the book by book exposition of the Bible by Witness Lee, the Life-Study of the Bible, here are some of the passages that I found.

 

The Lord has a way to fulfill His purpose. Regardless of the instigation of Satan and the rebellion of man, God is still God. He is sovereign. God seemed to say, “All right, I will let go of the Adamic race.” But, under His sovereignty, He selected one to be the head of a new race. This selection, this choice, was made before the foundation of the world. God planned it this way and worked it according to schedule. God has a schedule. In His schedule, He dropped the Adamic race and called out Abraham to be the head of a new race.
(Life-Study of Genesis, Chapter 36, Section 6)

 

By reading Jacob’s story, I have become fully convinced regarding God’s dealing hand. After I began to comprehend this, I realized that everything that happens between others and myself is a dealing for me. The elders, the brothers and sisters, my wife, and my children are not to blame. Everything is under God’s sovereign hand as a dealing for my profit. I have needed it all. Perhaps tomorrow I shall need another dealing. The Lord knows what kind of wife, husband, children, in-laws, and grandchildren we need. Nothing is accidental. Everything has been prearranged and happens according to God’s plan and schedule. Nothing is either too late or too early. Everything occurs on time. Eventually, we shall say, “Father, thank You for Your sovereign hand. Thank You for Your dealing, for Your prearrangement, and for everything You have done. Now I know that everything has been under Your sovereignty. I am just a chosen Jacob under Your hand.”
(Life-Study of Genesis, Chapter 67, Section 3)

 

There is a need in the Lord’s recovery today for those with the highest education. Young people, you must endeavor to gain the best education. Arrange your daily schedule in this way: seven and a half hours for sleep, one and a half hours for eating, one hour for exercise, eight hours for study, and six hours for spiritual things. If you expend your energy in this way, by the time you are thirty you will be able to begin your ministry like the Lord Jesus did (Luke 3:23). Continue your studies until you are thirty. If many take this way, we shall have no shortage of pillar makers.

Do not get married too soon. I do not like to see the brothers getting married before the age of twenty-five. Do not be burdened down too soon with marriage and children. Rather, use your time and energy for studying. The age of twenty-six is soon enough for brothers to begin having children. Furthermore, I do not like to see the sisters getting married before the age of twenty-two. If the sisters marry too early and have children too soon, they may be overburdened and even spoiled. Follow the schedule I recommend until you are twenty-five years old and see what will be the issue. This surely is good for God’s recovery.
(Life-Study of Genesis, Chapter 85, Section 6)

With this as the background, we come to the problem of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. Did God firstly harden Pharaoh’s heart, or did Pharaoh take the first step to harden his own heart? As a help in answering this question, consider your experience in believing in the Lord Jesus. Was this initiated by you or by God? Surely it was initiated by God. However, you did the believing. Before I was saved, I had no thought of God. My believing in Christ was neither planned nor initiated by me. I have the full assurance that the source of this was God Himself. He planned it, initiated it, and scheduled it. Before I was saved, I was not willing to believe in Christ. However, one day I spontaneously became willing. According to my experience and yours as well, God took the first step to cause us to believe in Christ.

God’s sovereignty and our responsibility are both involved in our spiritual seeking. All proper spiritual seeking is planned and scheduled by God. But we are still responsible to seek the Lord. When we seek Him, we should not be proud. Rather, we should humble ourselves and confess that our seeking of the Lord is according to His sovereignty. At the same time, we fulfill our responsibility. If we are indifferent toward the Lord, we are in danger of not fulfilling our responsibility. But if we are zealous in pursuing the Lord, we must be careful not to boast of our spiritual seeking. Once again we see that we need to humble ourselves under God’s sovereignty and, at the same time, carry out our responsibility. If we are conscious of God’s sovereignty and our responsibility, we are truly favored by God.
(Life-Study of Exodus, Chapter 21, Section 2)

 

In the years 1969 to 1971 many of the saints in Elden Hall in Los Angeles practiced singing and praising the Lord in their daily life. In those days many families lived near the meeting hall, and often the sounds of singing, pray-reading, and praising could be heard coming from the dwellings of the saints. This singing and praising carried over into the meetings. Long before the scheduled time, the meetings would begin. Many times a meeting began on the street with the singing and praising of the saints as they walked to the meeting hall. Actually, the meetings began early in the day, as the saints contacted the Lord by singing, pray-reading, and praising. In recent years our tendency has been to drift back toward the habits of traditional religion. We may read the Word and pray at certain times and then come to the meeting at the scheduled time, but we lack a spontaneous daily life in spirit. But in those years in Elden Hall the saints had such a daily life.
(Life-Study of Exodus, Chapter 58, Section 1)

Our concern in the Lord’s recovery should not be with numbers or with the outward spreading of the work. That is not the Lord’s way. His way is to create Adam and then fill the earth by reproduction and multiplication in life. Out of the life of one man, Adam, billions of human beings have come into existence. This is God’s way to replenish the earth. Adam did not form a mission board, and he did not have plans, programs, and schedules for the carrying out of a work. Adam simply lived and produced children. As a result, the earth is filled with people.

We may think that the way of reproduction in life is slow. Today many Christians take the way of work, programs, organizations, and schedules. But that is not the way of life. I urge you to be faithful to what the Lord has shown us and live according to it. If we see the vision and live according to it, the recovery will spread and will replenish the earth.
(Life-Study of Exodus, Chapter 124, Section 2)

 

The power for responsibility is also an element in the compound Spirit. I can testify that when I walk in the all-inclusive Spirit, I have the power to bear responsibility. Recently it was necessary for me to spend twenty-one hours in fellowship with certain brothers. We had six long meetings. I could not merely sit in these meetings, but I had the responsibility to lead the fellowship and direct it. My wife was very concerned that I would be exhausted. Knowing that a large conference was scheduled very soon, she encouraged me not to tire myself out. Nevertheless, I can testify that in those days I experienced the all-inclusive Spirit with the element of power for bearing responsibility.
(Life-Study of Exodus, Chapter 164, Section 2)

 

The Lord said to them, “Go and tell this fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I am perfected” (v. 32). The Greek words translated, “I am perfected” may also be rendered “end My course” or “reach My goal.” The Lord’s response indicates that He had a set schedule to carry out His ministry, to end His course, and to reach His goal, through His death and resurrection, and that no one, especially not Herod, could stop Him from accomplishing it.

Here the Lord seems to be saying, “I shall reach My goal. I shall accomplish what I intend to do. I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow and then on the third day, in resurrection, I will be perfected and reach My goal. Don’t bother Me or threaten Me. I am the sovereign One, and you can do nothing. Who is Herod? He is a fox. You may be afraid of him, but I am not, because he is under Me. Tell him that I have My schedule. According to this schedule, I will finish My work, reach My goal, and be perfected.”
(Life-Study of Luke, Chapter 31, Section 4)

Another important point in Philip’s preaching of the gospel was that all his activity was under the direction, leading, and guidance of the Holy Spirit. In 8:29 “the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.” The Spirit here, as in verse 39; 10:19; 13:2; and 16:6-7, indicates that the Lord’s move in spreading His kingdom through the preaching of the gospel in Acts was by the Spirit’s leading and direction, not by man’s device and schedule. Hence, it was not the act of man but of the Spirit.

We all should learn from this pattern to pray and to keep ourselves in fellowship with the Lord. If we maintain our fellowship with the Lord, we shall be able to sense His leading at any time. Then our move and our preaching of the gospel will be according to the Spirit’s direction. We need to follow the Spirit’s guidance, not our opinion, plan, and schedule. May we learn to have all our activity in preaching the gospel always under the direction and guidance of the Spirit.
(Life-Study of Acts, Chapter 24, Section 1)

 

We are not told for what Cornelius and Peter were praying. The record does indicate, however, that they set aside certain times for prayer, that they prayed according to a schedule. Acts 10:3 says that Cornelius was praying at the ninth hour, at three o’clock in the afternoon, and 10:9 says that Peter was praying at the sixth hour, at twelve o’clock noon. From this we see that they had a prayer life and even prayed at scheduled times. If we in the Lord’s recovery have such a prayer life according to set times, we shall be used by Him in opening the way for the spread of His recovery.
(Life-Study of Acts, Chapter 29, Section 2)

This major step had nothing to do with the church in Jerusalem organizationally, and it was not under the authority and direction of Peter and the other eleven apostles in Jerusalem. It was begun solely and purely from a Gentile center, far away from the atmosphere and influence of any Judaic background and practice, and even from the practice and influence of the church in Jerusalem. It was absolutely a move by the Spirit, in the Spirit, and with the Spirit through the coordination of the faithful and seeking members of the Body on earth with the Head in the heavens. This was not a religious movement with a human schedule. From Antioch the Lord’s move on the earth for God’s New Testament economy had an entirely new start. Although the flow of the Lord’s move began from Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, and later came to Antioch and went on from Antioch to the Gentile world, it had a purified start by the Spirit at its turn in Antioch.
(Life-Study of Acts, Chapter 36, Section 1)

Acts 16:6 says, “And they passed through the country of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.” The move of the apostle Paul and his co-workers for the spread of the gospel was not according to their decision and preference, nor according to any schedule made by human council, but by the Holy Spirit according to God’s counsel, as in the mission of Philip (8:29, 39). They intended to speak the word in Asia, but the Holy Spirit forbade them. Forbidding is also a part of the Holy Spirit’s leading.
(Life-Study of Acts, Chapter 44, Section 1)

 

In reading Acts 16 it is easy to consider the matter of the leading of the Spirit in a general way. As we have seen, Paul did not carry out his work for the spread of the gospel according to his decision, preference, and schedule but by the Spirit. This understanding is also general. We need the heavenly vision to see what is implied by the two divine titles the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus. In order to understand these titles we need to dig into the depths of the Bible concerning the Spirit. We need to study the Spirit throughout the Scriptures, considering the Spirit of God in Genesis and the Spirit of Jehovah elsewhere in the Old Testament. Then we need to see why the term the Holy Spirit is not used until it was time for God to become incarnated. When we see this, we shall realize that the title “the Holy Spirit” is involved with God’s New Testament economy. In particular, this title indicates God’s coming into man to be one with man in incarnation. In the New Testament the title the Holy Spirit indicates that God is now mingling Himself with man.
(Life-Study of Acts, Chapter 44, Section 3)

 

If we do not watch unto our prayer life, we shall lose time. Here and there throughout the day, our time will be wasted. We may lose time because our time is neither scheduled nor controlled. When we are at work, our time may be closely regulated. But when it comes to prayer, many do not schedule their time. As a result, much time which could be devoted to prayer is lost. If we do not redeem our time and grasp every available opportunity, much time will be needlessly lost. Although you may be very busy, do not use this as an excuse for not praying. If you place a high value on your prayer life, you will watch unto it and arrange time for it. No matter how busy you may be, you will still have time to pray.
(Life-Study of Ephesians, Chapter 66, Section 2)

 

Come to the waters!

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In today’s morning revival we enjoyed John 4:14 which says, “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into eternal life.”

We are not merely entering into the New Jerusalem but we become the New Jerusalem, the eternal life! This is the goal of the Triune God who was processed and who is now the life-giving Spirit consummated to dwell in us for our supply and satisfaction!

So why not enjoy this river of water of life today? This water is so available. Just come and call “Oh, Lord Jesus!” to keep the flow within!

Hymn – I’ve got a river of life flowing within me (Extra stanza 1)

1. Everyone who thirsts
Come to the waters
And you who have no money
Come buy and eat
Yes come buy wine and milk
Without money, without price.Ho!
Everyone who thirsts come to the waters

2. I’ve got a river of life flowing within me.
It makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.
It opens prison doors, sets the captives free.
I’ve got a river of life flowing within me

*Spring up, O well,(splish splash) within my spirit!
Rise up and tell,(O Lord) so all can hear it!
Spring up, O well,(splish splash) so I experience
That life abundantly.

3. I’ve got a river of life flowing within me;
It started gushing up when God set me free.
That I keep the flow is my only plea.
I’ve got a river of life springing within me.

4.Once I call His name there’s a flow within;
It turns me from my day, makes Him Lord again.
As my spirit burns, Satan cannot win.
Calling, “Oh Lord Jesus,” keeps the flow within.

http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/ns/37#ixzz2MXlEkSR0

Enjoyment from the HWMR Week 7-Day 6 on The Crystallization-Study of Genesis Vol. 2


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Eureka!!!

According to the laws of thermodynamics, a perpetual motion machine  of whichever kind is impossible. My professor has once said that anyone who can device such a machine is worth a Nobel Prize.

Many factors accounts to the impossibility of a perpetual motion machine. The one that takes the lead is the second law of thermodynamics which holds the fact of entropy. This law implies that whatever is damaged from the original state cannot be restored because the path of spontaneity is always to the direction of greater entropy.

Now, God’s economy is worth a Nobel Prize.

By the second law, man, who is like a machine has been decaying since the fall, should never be restorable back to its original state before the fall. Before the fall, man was capable of defying laws of physics that he can even work with no sweat. But after that, man has fallen to the point that his body not only feels weary much more it becomes deadened. It seems as though man only lives to reach the grave. Every day the outer man, the body, is decaying. After some time, we become tired, then sick, then dying. However, there is one Man who died and resurrected with a body. Much more, that body is no longer a dying body but a glorious perpetual body.

In our christian life, we are daily defying entropy just as even Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16 has said,

 Therefore we do anot lose heart; but though our 1bouterman is 2decaying, yet our 1cinner man is being 3drenewed day by day.

 How then is the inner man being renewed?

By being nourished with the fresh supply of the resurrection life. As our mortal body, our outer man, is being consumed by the killing work of death, our inner man, that is, our regenerated spirit with the inward parts of our being (Jer. 31:33Heb. 8:10Rom. 7:22,25), is being metabolically renewed day by day with the supply of the resurrection life.

Now, where do we get this fresh supply of the resurrection life?

John 11:25 tells us who this supply is.

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the alife; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall blive;

Then the following verse says how it its obtained. Verse 26 goes,

And every one who lives and believes into Me shall by ano means die forever. Do you believe this?

We must believe to whatever is said in the bible for it is the breath of God (2 Timothy 3:16). Daily we must take in the Lord as supply as He is the bread (John 6:35414851) and the living water(John 7:38 4:1014). By being filled with Him as the resurrection life, we become His reproduction, His many brothers, the many God-men who are God in life and nature but not in the Godhead. He is the supply that we need to keep on going forward in these last days. Today is not the time to think of entropy. This is the time to enjoy Him!

What we are experiencing today is only the foretaste of what will be in eternity. In the New Jerusalem, there is no more weariness, sickness, nor deadness. There is only Christ as life and king, the Son of Man in the throne (Matthew 19:28). Even in eternity, He is still a Man. As we are being conformed to Him day by day through the  process of renewing and transformation, we shall be like Him in eternity. We are His duplication! Hence, man itself is the perpetual motion machine, the one who lives for eternity to express God and represent Him.

Indeed, God has done a tremendous work just to restore man back to his original state, the state of being completely under God’s will with his body being able to pass through walls…. Our God is the greatest inventor!


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Fellowship Concerning Brother Lee’s Deep Concern Regarding the Future of the Lord’s Recovery and the Responsibility of the Ministry

Our brother told us that the devil tries to subtly creep into the churches in the recovery and bring in damaging foreign things that are cleverly disguised and difficult to discern. These things may appear to be part of the Lord’s recovery, but their inward element and nature are absolutely different. This is a real battle. The Lord’s only wayto gain the earth is to recover and spread the truth. The truth is the only remedy, inoculation, and antibiotic. The truths need to be inscribed into our being in a way that cannot be erased.

Today among us the Lord has recovered the central revelation of Paul’s completing ministry concerning Christ as the mystery of God and the church as the mystery of Christ. This vision includes the Body of Chirst, the new man, and our organic union with the Lord. Brother Nee once confided in Brother Lee that he was unhappy with the situation in mainland China because many followed his ministry yet did not see the vision that he saw. Likewise, Brother Lee’s greatest concern was whether many of the saints truly saw the central vision. If they did not see the vision, then their labor was in vain. Numbers mean nothing without the central vision.

The difference between the Lord’s recovery and traditional Christianity is the central vision. If the saints do not see the central vision, we will become a repetition of traditional Christianity, and the Lord will be delayed in carrying out His recovery and accomplishing His purpose. This is serious. This is why we do not care primarily for the spreading of the churches, the increase in numbers, or other apparent signs of blessing. Instead, our main interest is to release the word concerning the central vision and to care for the real situation in all the churches.

Some saints must see the central vision in solid way in order fo the Lord to have a way; otherwise, we are only a repetition and a part of traditional Christianity. We all need to see the vision in Paul’s completing ministry. At this time the Lord is carrying out His ultimate recovery. The time will come when there will be nothing left to be recovered. This is the highest peak of the Lord’s recovery – the highest peak of the Bible is Paul’s completing ministry. John’s mending ministry strengthens and confirms Paul’s completing ministry. These two ministries are like a single mountain with two peaks.

Sooner of later the Lord will carry out the highest peak of His recovery. If we fail Him, He will be forced to wait and to gain another people, those who will find and treasure what we have spoken and published but failed to appreciate or experience. Although our Brother Lee was concerned for the present recovery, the leading brothers, and the result of his ministry, he was comforted by knowing that if this generation fails the Lord, all the truths are printed and will remain for another generation to pick up and carry out. He knew that as long as the truth is released, it will not return vainly.

Whether this truth accomplishes its purpose today or we fail and delay it, some day it will prevail to accomplish its goal. What the Lord and the churches need today is  for us to carry out the truth that He has opened to us in His Word; otherwise, we can do only an ordinary Christian work.

Brother Lee also told us that we should meet and function because our vision is an inner motivation that causes us to be fresh and burning in spirit.

What then is the responsibility of the ministry? We have the church, the work, and the ministry, all of which take the Body as the governing principle. The church is the Body in miniature, in expression; the work is the Body seeking increase; and the ministry is the Body in function. The ministry serves the church and serves the work by maintaining the focus of the central vision. There is the constant need for some to be watchmen on the wall with the trumpet in their hand, and by their prayer, the prayer of God, the prayer in the realm of God’s economy, they watch over the entire situation of the recovery for any signs of deviation and any lack of vision. Then if any such sign appears, the ministry will come forth.

As one of many brothers serving the Lord in this corporate ministry, as long as I have breath, I will pray and speak concerning this, along with my dear fellow slaves, so that during our course, we would never deviate. If we become part of traditional Christianity, we are finished.

-Bro. R. K.; The Ministry of the Word – Crystallization-Study of Daniel and Zechariah. Vol. 17, No.1., January 2013. pp. 238-239

There is just so much weight when the brother shared this. We never want to fail the Lord. Now, as we pray to Him, we no longer should pray to be humble, patient, or loving, but only to become the reproduction of Christ as the Lamb-stone. Day by day we are being stonified. Only stones can be built up. We need to pray in such a way that we are praying for the building. Unless the church is built-up, the Lord cannot come back.

Lord Jesus, we don’t want to delay Your return. Infuse us more with Yourself as the Stone with seven eyes for Your building. Lord, look into us. Cause us to be Your duplication, Your reproduction. Constrain us with the central vision!


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Only a Member, Reality of the Body of Christ

There is one point I am deeply impressed from tonight’s fellowship and that is – I am only a member of the Body of Christ.

I am a believer in the Lord and I am a child of God. Being so, I can exist alone. However, as a member I cannot exist alone neither can I live independently apart from the Body and that in itself it is incomplete. To be a member, we not only have the consciousness that we believe in the Lord and that we are truly children of God but most of all, we must have the Body-consciousness.

In Romans 12:2, we see the perfect will of God and in verses 4-5, we see the one Body in Christ. This one Body is what God has willed.

“..the will of God is that we whom God has chosen, called, redeemed, justified, sanctified, and conformed unto glorification in the preceding eleven chapters may be members one of another to have the living of the Body of Christ (vv. 3-5). The Body of Christ is the peak of God’s divine revelation. The living of the Body is the issue and goal of the presenting of our bodies, the renewing of our mind, and all the life practices in the foregoing chapters.” (Romans12:2 note 6)

“We are one Body in Christ, having an organic union with Him. This union makes us one in life with Him and with all the other members of His Body. The Body is not an organization or a society but is altogether an organism produced by the union in life that we have with Christ.” (Romans 12:5 note 1)

Thank the Lord that He was processed that we may be one in Him! As being in Him, we need to stay in Him. Only when we are in Christ are we in one Body. Positionally, we have been in the one Body. But in reality, are we always in the one Body? Christ as the life of the Body is in all the members in the mingled spirit. Thus, even when we’re gathered together but are in the mind, we only think that we are in the Body but not in reality. For us to be in the reality of the Body, we need constant exercise of the mingled spirit!

The goal of our gospel preaching and establishing of churches is not just for the increase in number. The goal is the building up of the Body of Christ. And this is the direction of the Lord’s move today. Without the Body, there can be no Bride, no Army, no Stone, and no Kingdom(Mountain).

In Ephesians 1:23, we can see that the Body is “the 2bfullness of the One who 3cfills all in all.”

The Body of Christ is not an organization but an organism constituted of all the regenerated believers for the expression and activities of the Head. The Body of Christ is the issue of the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, and ascended Christ, who has come into the church. By means of the ascended Christ’s heavenly transmission, we are made one with Him, and thus His Body is produced.”

Other verses that relate to the Body are Colossians 1:18, showing that Christ is the Head of the Body, 1 Corinthians 1:910:16, Acts 2:42, and 1 John 1:3 where we can see the fellowship of the Body. As the Head, only Christ has the authority in Himself. We have no authority in ourselves and we should never assume authority. We should honor the head by praying to Him. Also, we need to learn how to fellowship which is a way to honor the Body.

If we see that we are members of the one Body, we can never be independent, never individual. This is our goal in all of this, whatever this is that we do. This is the direction of the Lord’s move. Without the Body, the Lord cannot come back. He will not return for the trees (local churches) alone, He is returning to gather the first fruits (reality of the Body). The Body cannot be built by doctrine and theology. May we all come to the Lord that we may be brought to the experience of the reality of the Body of Christ. May God’s will be done on earth!

(An enjoyment on bro. R.K’s fellowship about God’s Will and the Direction of the Lord’s Move in Malabon, Philippines last Jan. 26-27)


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Be Renewed! Be Built-up!

In our christian life, even if we had been regenerated with our spirit, enjoying the blessed assurance of our salvation, there are still some inevitable circumstances that makes us stumble along the way. The reason for this is that we still linger in the old man – that rotten self injected with  the satanic nature – though our spirits had already been renewed.

In this morning’s Morning Revival on day 6 of “The Work of The Ministry”, I appreciated that the putting off of the old man and the putting on of the new man are already accomplished facts. What I need now is just to apply them by being renewed in the spirit of my mind.

In Ephesians 4:23, the apostle Paul exhorted us to be renewed in the spirit of our mind. What this means is that when our regenerated human spirit, mingled with the divine Spirit, spreads into our mind, it becomes the spirit of our mind. And it is in this spirit that we are renewed for transformation which causes us to be conformed to the living of the Lord Jesus!

Ephesians 4:32 says,

And be akind to one another, 1btenderhearted, 2cforgiving one another, even as 3God in Christ also 4forgave you.

Here we can see God as our pattern. If He had even forgiven us though we were so unworthy, how much more should we having been forgiven by Him? This also shows that in order for there to be the building up of the Body of Christ, we need a forgiving life – forgiving one another and forgetting one another’s offending which are the little stumbles in our life.

In the old man, we easily get offended and easily offend others. Hence, our need is more enjoyment of Christ as our life supply and as our joy that our hearts would become tender fot the sake of his building.

In the matter of building, one brother shared that offending often comes in the perfecting. The Lord has given the church some gifted ones in order to perfect the saints. But when we are not in the proper spirit, the renewed spirit of our mind, we may not be willing to accept the perfecting and take it as an offense instead.

Oh, may the Lord make our mind sober for His building!

Another brother shared that ‘the Lord as our heavenly cardiologist has once again exposed the sickness of our heart. When we are alone, it seems that we are just fine but when we are with others, our defective heart is exposed. It also seems that those saints afar are easier to love than to the ones who are near. When the apostle Paul said “be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving”, he is like saying, “you are not kind, nor tenderhearted, nor forgiving”. He is exhorting us to be such because we are actually not. Thank the Lord for being the life supply for our enjoyment who is the only one who can make our hearts tender.’

The previous brother also emphasized that such a renewed spirit of our mind is needed especially in the matter of shepherding. This mind is a ‘corporate mind’, a mind which is not only centered to Christ but also to the church. Our enjoyment of Christ is not only then for our own growth and benefit but also for the church. When we enjoy Christ alone, we seem to be fine but when we come to the church we are actually not. It’s just like marriage. When the ‘two has become one’, no one should be able to say that one is right and the other is wrong. If they are one then both of them are wrong. In the Body, one’s wrongdoing is all our wrongdoing and one’s disgrace is all our disgrace. We need to help one another in our downful situations for we are just one in Him. We should never be too selfish to judge others in their living right away. One may become a precious stone by enjoying Christ individually but may not be fit for His building corporately.

We are for His building! May Christ do more perfecting in us and bring us more into the reality of the one Body!