“Christianity does not require that we ask whether something is right or wrong, good or evil. On the contrary, whenever we do anything, there is a life within us which rises up to speak with us. When we feel right inwardly, when we feel the life inside of us moving, when we are strong within and sense the anointing, we know that we have life.”
From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 3 by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 10). 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.
We discussed in previous posts the meaning of consecration and the reasons we should present ourselves to the Lord. We also discussed God’s purchase of us being the solid base of our consecration and God’s love being the motivating power for us to give ourselves to Him.
Here we’ll discuss the practice of consecration. Just how do we consecrate ourselves to the Lord? Is it once in a lifetime? Or is once in a great while enough? What does it look like?
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: “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:
Throughout the Bible, numerous verses show us God’s desire for us to take Him in, to drink of Him as the living water. For example, in John 7:37-38 we see that God’s desire for us to drink of Him is so great, Jesus actually stood up and cried out during a feast, issuing a call for people to come to Him and drink:
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”
So, how do we come to Him and drink? Only the Lord Jesus can quench our inner thirst; only He is the living water. He wants us to drink of Him to quench our own thirst, and He even wants us to drink until rivers of living water flow out of our innermost being to others. But quite often, instead of feeling satisfied and watered ourselves, we feel dry and even dead. We may want to drink the living water, but not know how!
“How did God create man? He created man in His own image. God wanted a man like Himself. It is very evident then that man’s position in God’s creation is entirely unique, for among all of God’s creatures man alone was created in God’s image. The man that God’s heart was set upon was completely different from all other created beings; he was a man in His own image.”
From The Glorious Church, by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 6). 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.
When we received Christ, what He accomplished on the cross became ours by faith in Him. But did you know Christ’s death is not something only in the past? We can actually apply Christ’s death right now in our daily living.
In this post we’ll consider three aspects of Christ in His death for us as revealed in the Gospel of John—the aspects of the Lamb of God, the bronze serpent, and the grain of wheat. Then, with each aspect, we’ll look at how important Christ’s death is for our daily Christian life and how we can apply it.
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: “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 one related verse:
The terms “born again” or “regenerated,” are fairly familiar to many people and are associated with a person’s experience of becoming a Christian.
But what do these terms really mean? Why does the Bible speak of being born again?
In this post, we’ll look at the significance and importance of being “born again.” Does it simply mean to have a new beginning? A fresh start? Is it a promise to do better? To live morally from now on? To do right instead of wrong? And what if someone is a good, upright, ethical person? Does such a person even need to be born again?
Nicodemus and the Lord Jesus
The Gospel of John tells us of Nicodemus, a moral man who held a high position in religion and society.
“We all must personally ask ourselves this question: ‘How much time do I spend daily with the Lord?’ The most prevailing need among Christians today is to spend a certain amount of time every day reading and praying in the presence of the Lord.
In the physical realm we need to spend time daily to obtain physical nourishment by eating physical food. How much more time we need to spend to obtain spiritual nourishment by eating the spiritual food. According to the present situation nearly all Christians know how to study, memorize, meditate, and search the Scriptures for knowledge, but very few know how to come to the Word of God to enjoy the Lord and to receive spiritual nourishment.
As people who have God living within us, we need to set aside some time each day to come to the Word of God to enjoy Him, to feed upon Him, and to receive spiritual nourishment.”
From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 2 by Witness Lee and 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.
In a previous post we discussed the meaning of consecration and four compelling reasons for us to give ourselves to God. We hope you read that post to understand the tremendous difference it makes in our Christian life when we give ourselves to the Lord.
But knowing the reasons for handing ourselves over to the Lord may not be enough for us to take the action of consecrating ourselves. We have to see something more concerning the underlying basis for our giving ourselves to the Lord. We also have to see what can motivate us to consecrate ourselves willingly to the Lord. If we see these two things, our consecration will not be a dry or forced act based merely on knowing it’s good for us. It will be a sweet exercise of our hearts towards the Lord Jesus.