"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...

"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last man Adam was made a life-giving Spirit" ....1 Cor 15:45

We see here two very distinct lives. The first is the created life, the second is the uncreated life. One is created by God, the other is born of God. Our lives were originally created by God when God breathed the breath of life into the first Adam's nostrils. The interaction of this breath from God going into the body that was formed out of the du...

"I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes." ...Ezekiel 36: 27

Late one summer I (Watchman Nee) stayed at a hill resort in the home of a mechanic and his wife, both of whom it was my joy to lead to a simple faith in the Saviour. When the time came for me to return to Shanghai, I left with them a Bible. During the winter the man was in the habit of taking alcohol with his meals, most times to excess. Soon, with...

"He shall blossom as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon"..... Hosea 14:5

United in the child of God are two contrasting characters. Above ground as it were, is the simple unsophisticated life of trust and faith represented by the lily which is of God's planting.This is what others see. But buried deep down out of sight, giving unsuspected strength to this frail plant are the massive roots of the cedar. Here surely is th...

"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 what is offered to Him, but then He blesses it and uses it to meet man's need. Is not this true of your experience and mine? You give yourself to the Lord, and all at once everything invariably goes so wrong that you are tempted to find f...

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