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...

"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...

"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...

"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...

"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...

"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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