Looking Unto Christ

"They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces shall never be confounded." ....Psalm 34:5 We need to guard against being over-anxious about the subjective side of spiritual experience and so becoming turned in on ourselves. May I illustrate this from the electric light? You are in a room and it's growing dark. You would like to have the...
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The Friend of Sinners

  "A friend of publicans and sinners." ....Luke 7:34 Watchman Nee: 'Since I first saw Jesus the Saviour as the friend of sinners, I have seen many unusual and difficult people brought to Him. I remember once a young woman came and attacked me, saying that she did not want to be saved. She said she was young and intended to have a good time and...
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Christ My Brother!

"He is not ashamed to call them brethren." ...Hebrews 2:11 In the beginning of the fourth gospel, the Evangelist describes Jesus as, "The only begotten Son from the Father." At the end of the same book the risen Lord says to Mary Magdalene, "Go unto my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father and unto your Father" (John 20:17). Previously...
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The Mind Renewed

 August 28, 2017 "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind" ....Romans 12:2 "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind" ...Ephesians 4:23 For us to have our intellects renewed we must draw near to the cross. This is plainly called for in Ephesians 4. The Apostle Paul describes the darkness of man's carnal mentality in verses 17 and 18, but in v...
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Real Obedience

August 21, 2017 "Seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do." .....1 Samuel 10:8 Saul was tested on two points: faith and obedience. In a critical situation in Chapter 13 the question was, would his faith allow him to wait for God or would he act out of his own intellectual logic? If you are driven into a cor...
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"When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another." ..Then the oil stopped flowing" ....2 Kings 4:6

"When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not another." ..Then the oil stopped flowing" ....2 Kings 4:6 ​​​​​ This indeed is a most amazing fact! That the divine almighty-ness of God is content to confine itself to our capacity! The oil of God's Spirit flows according to the measure t...
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"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." ...Habakkuk 3:18

"Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." ...Habakkuk 3:18 When the Galilean boy brought his bread to Jesus, what did Jesus do with it? He broke it. God will always break whatever is offered to Him first, then He blesses and uses it to meet man's need. Is not this true of your experience and mine? You give yourself to...
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"I have been crucified with Christ." .....Galatians 2:20

....Extract from Watchman Nee: "What does it mean for me to be "crucified"? I think the answer is best summed up in the words the crowd used to send Jesus to the cross: "Away with Him!" God never allows this matter of being crucified with Christ to remain for us as just a theory or a doctrine, though I confess that for many years it was no more tha...
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"That which they have need of ... let it be given them day by day without fail." ... Ezra 6:9

If we really trust God, we shall bear the burden both of our own needs and of the work of God, unaided. We must not secretly hope for support from some human source. Our faith is not to be in God plus man, but in God alone. If brethren show their love, praise and thank God, but if they do not, let us still thank Him. For God's servant to have one e...
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"Be filled with the Spirit...singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." .... Ephesians 5:18

The word "Plerousthe" is the Greek word meaning "be being filled". This is the expression used in relation to the Holy Spirit here in this verse. "Allow yourselves to be continually made full." This describes not a crisis as at Pentecost, but a condition we are to enjoy all of the time every minute of everyday. It is not a matter of spiritual gifts...
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