"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...

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders" ... Isaiah 9:6"For unto you is born this day ... a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord!" ... Luke 2:11

There is a wonderful plan and purpose of God for us in that Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day. One small step for God, one gigantic leap for mankind! This is the day that God Himself appeared on the earth dressed as a man. Jesus was not born to just grow up and die for our sins and to prove that He was God. Jesus was born onto the earth to be ...

"O thou afflicted, tossed with the tempest, and not comforted, behold I will set thy stones in fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires." ....Isaiah 54:11

Along with the gold in both Eden and Paradise, we find precious stones (Genesis 2:12; Revelation 21:19). Precious stones are jewels; and jewels are not produced in one day. Precious Christians are not formed overnight! Time is a vital factor both in their transformation and completion. Precious stones are wrought by a long process in the fires of t...

"I will be as the dew unto Israel." ....Hosea 14:5

These words describe the beginning of everything in the 'New Life' experience of God's children. Dew-fall is altogether vital to the life and growth of trees and flowers. It is the very nourishment that sustains their life. And to us also, the Lord Himself promises to be as the dew to all His people, whether they recognise it or not! Everything in ...

"David sought the face of the Lord." ....2 Samuel 21:1

There are times when we put forth tremendous effort in our prayers without getting any answer from God, yet how seldom do we seek God to discover as to why. For how can we expect God to answer prayers that are out of harmony with His mind? In all our praying we must first find the key. It was this that David sought to do at the time of prolonged fa...

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