Recently, I made a mistake of using much of my own effort to get a person saved. Even though it was a “good effort”, I could tell it wasn’t of the Lord because I didn’t feel peace at all. I felt worn out and frustrated when things did not go the way I expected it to. It was so selfish. I was producing Ishmael instead of Isaac. However, when I turned to the Lord, I just could not hold on to my efforts anymore. I could only deny myself, put everything down and say “Lord, I am nothing.”. I really thank the Lord for showing me that nothing is about good and bad. It’s all about whether we do things in the spirit or not. Oh, without the spirit, there would be no church life; there would be no reality. How much we need to exercise our spirit, and be in the spirit all the time!
Freedom apart from God is always an illusion
Clayton King (via emilycoffman)
In Matthew 13:43 the overcomers are likened to the sun shining forth in the kingdom of their Father. The sun rises afresh every morning. If we are to be the overcomers, the sun, we must also rise up every morning to be revived by the Lord. Proverbs 4:18 says, “But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (ASV). We should follow the sun to be revived and to have a new start every morning. Our path is like the dawning light that shines more and more until the full day. I like Paul’s expression in 2 Corinthians 4:16— “day by day.” The Christian life does not only have one day. We are being renewed day by day. This means that day after day we have to be revived by the Lord. Yesterday morning we may have had a revival, but this morning we need another one, and tomorrow we need another one. Every year we need three hundred sixty-five revivals to be renewed day by day. (Witness Lee, Being Renewed Day by Day, Living Stream Ministry, 1989, p. 14)
Banners for the crystallization-study of Genesis (Vol. 18, No. 6 — July 2014)
God had a dream, and His dream is to have the New Jerusalem, a built-up city, as the consummation of His economy. This building is the building of God into man and man into God. God’s building is not something material; it is the building of God into man, that is, it is God building Himself into us and us being built into God. This mutual building process will result in a mutual abode, a mutual dwelling place, in which God becomes man’s home and man becomes God’s home.
God’s dream is to have the New Jerusalem, a built-up city as the consummation of His economy; Our dream is to become the New Jerusalem as the consummation of God’s economy!
Crystallization-Study Of Genesis, The Dream Of Bethel (Summer Training in Anaheim, California)
The church is the building up
Of all God’s chosen and redeemed,
Regenerated and transformed people,
The ultimate work of God,
His counterpart, the new man,
The seven golden lampstands,
God’s house on earth,
The Body of Christ,
The desire of God’s heart.
Praise the Lord! Philadelphia:
They hold fast to God’s Word,
Never denying His name,
Living in the local church,
On the ground of genuine oneness,
Constituting the Body of Christ.
Rise up! Grow in life!
Minister Christ to the nations,
Arrive at oneness—
Lord, have mercy,
We would see Your eternal purpose.
Keep us faithful
To recover and build up Your church