Reigning in Life
Romans 5:17—“For if by the offense of the one death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
The Key to Experiencing Jesus Christ in Your Everyday Life
The day we get saved is a wonderful, momentous day. Here, though, we want to talk about the days that follow. After experiencing the joy of salvation, a person may wonder how to continue experiencing the Lord Jesus. Questions such as these come up: How can I know Jesus personally? How can I experience Jesus in my life? Is being forgiven and saved from God’s judgment all there is to the Christian life?
Some may try different ways to experience Jesus like they did the day they were saved. Perhaps they try studying the Bible more, but though they learn something new, the Lord Himself still seems far away.
Similar to how we need the right key, not just any key, to enter into a locked room, we need to use the right key to experience Jesus. What’s the key for us to know Jesus personally in our day-to-day life?
How Can We Sacrifice for God?
“How can we sacrifice? We have no energy to sacrifice, for our life is a natural life, a selfish life. Only the life of Christ is a life of sacrifice. If you contact this Christ and experience His sacrificing life, He will energize you, He will strengthen you to sacrifice for God and for others. Then you will be the most happy person; you will be drunken with happiness.”
From The All-Inclusive Christ, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 56). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.
Living the Gospel
1 Thessalonians 1:5—“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, even as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.”
Note 1 on what kind of men we were says: “The apostles not only preached the gospel; they lived it. Their ministering of the gospel was not only by word but also by a life that displayed the power of God, a life in the Holy Spirit and in the assurance of their faith. They were the pattern of the glad tidings that they spread.”
Cross-reference “d” on what kind of men we were directs us to a related verse:
In Everything Give Thanks
To give thanks seems like such a simple matter. We teach our children to say, “Thank you,” when something is given to or done for them. Yet at certain times in our lives, giving thanks to the Lord can be hard for us. In this post, we’ll see the secret to giving thanks in all things and how giving thanks is a crucial part of our experience of Christ.
God's Valuation of Man
“How God values man! Even He Himself became a man! God’s plan is to gain man. When man is gained by God, God’s plan is accomplished.”
From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 7). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page. You can also download a free PDF version here.
The Peace of God
Philippians 4:7—“And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
Note 1 on peace of God says: “The result of practicing fellowship with God in prayer is that we enjoy the peace of God. The peace of God is actually God as peace (v. 9) infused into us through our fellowship with Him by prayer, as the counterpoise to troubles and the antidote to anxiety (John 16:33).”
Cross-reference “a” on peace of God directs us to these related verses:
What Is the Flesh in the Bible?
The Bible mentions the flesh throughout the Old and New Testaments. But although Christians are clear about what sin is, many haven’t heard much about their flesh. Unfortunately, Satan’s obscuring of the truth about the flesh over the years has allowed him to damage many of God’s people.
What is the flesh, and why is it so bad? Is it still bad now that we’re saved? Does our flesh get better the longer we’re Christians, or the more spiritual we become? Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about the flesh.
The Blood of the Lamb
“Our salvation lies in looking away to the Lord Jesus and in seeing that the Blood of the Lamb has met the whole situation created by our sins and has answered it. That is the sure foundation on which we stand. Never should we try to answer Satan with our good conduct but always with the Blood. Yes, we are sinful, but, praise God! The Blood cleanses us from every sin.”
From The Normal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 20). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy on our order page.
The Renewing of Our Mind
Romans 12:2—“And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.”
Note 4 on renewing of the mind says: “After presenting our body, we need to have our mind renewed. The renewing of the mind, which results from setting the mind on the spirit (8:6), is the base for the transformation of our soul. Our mind is the leading part of our soul, and as it is renewed, our will and emotion automatically follow to be renewed also. To be renewed means that a new element is wrought into our being. This produces an inward metabolic transformation, making us suitable for the building up of the Body of Christ, which is the practice of the church life. All the virtues and the overcoming in chs. 12—16 also are the results of this transformation.”
Cross-reference “d” on renewing of the mind directs us to two related verses: