“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.”
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 here. You can also download a free PDF version here.
2 Peter 1:4—“Through which He has granted to us precious and exceedingly great promises that through these you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption which is in the world by lust.”
Note 5 on having escaped says: “In his first Epistle the apostle told the believers that Christ had redeemed them from their vain manner of life (1 Pet. 1:18-19) and that they should, thus, abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Pet. 2:11) and no longer live in the flesh in the lusts of men (1 Pet. 4:2). Here, in his second Epistle, he unveiled to them the energy, the strength, by which they were enabled to escape the corruption in lust, and the result of that escape. The energy is the virtue of the divine life, and the result is that the believers partake of the divine nature of God and thus enjoy all the riches of what the Triune God is. In our partaking of the divine nature and in our enjoying of all that God is, all the riches of the divine nature will be fully developed, as described in
In previous posts we talked about the importance of spending time with Jesus every morning and how to build up such a habit. This wonderful habit is key to our relationship with Christ.
Perhaps you see the benefits of this kind of habit and want to build it up, but aren’t sure what to do during that time. How do we spend time with Jesus? What do we do in our mornings with Him?
Throughout the centuries, Christians who loved the Lord and sought to know the Lord have discovered many enjoyable, beneficial ways to spend their mornings with Him. We’ll go through some of these discoveries. But first, let’s quickly refresh our view on what this morning time with Jesus is all about.
“Since God desired to save us and since we could not pay the debt of sin ourselves, He in His mercy decided to do so Himself.”
1 Corinthians 13:13—“Now there abide faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
Note 1 on faith, hope, love says: “Faith receives the divine things (John 1:12) and substantiates the spiritual and unseen things (Heb. 11:1). Hope reaps and partakes of the things substantiated by faith (Rom. 8:24-25). Love enjoys the things received and substantiated by faith and partaken of by hope, for nourishing ourselves, building up others (8:1), and expressing God, thus fulfilling the entire law (Rom. 13:8-10). Such love causes us to grow in life for the development and use of the spiritual gifts, and it is the most excellent way to have the greater gifts. Hence, it is the greatest of the three abiding virtues. So we must pursue it (14:1).”
Cross-reference “a” on faith directs us to the following verses:
In another post we discussed one of the biggest questions a Christian may have: Can I lose my salvation? We saw the clear and definite assurance the Bible gives us that once we believe in Christ and receive Him as our Savior, we’re saved eternally. We can’t lose our salvation.
But here’s another question: Does it make any difference whether we know we can’t lose our salvation?
The answer is yes, and in this post we’ll talk about why.
“The Lord is the Spirit transforming us within. Although we are so natural and even sinful, the Spirit transforms our natural image into His glorious image. During the whole day, if we live in the Spirit, He will transform us by renewing our mind, our emotion and our will. By saturating our mind, emotion and will with Himself, He will occupy all the inward parts of our being. Our love, our hatred, our desires, our choices and our decisions will bear His image.”
From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 25). 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.
Galatians 3:14—“In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Note 2 on receive says: “In the gospel we have received not only the blessing of forgiveness, washing, and cleansing; even more, we have received the greatest blessing, which is the Triune God—the Father, Son, and Spirit—as the processed, all-inclusive life-giving Spirit dwelling in us in a most subjective way for our enjoyment. Oh, what a blessing that we can enjoy such an all-inclusive One as our daily portion!”
Cross-reference “c” on receive directs us to the following verse:
In a previous post, we saw the benefits of reading the Bible daily and why it’s an excellent habit for every Christian to develop. But how do we get started? What can we do to develop this healthy and necessary habit?
Here are seven practical points to help you build up a daily habit of reading the Bible:
“Sometimes when we have sinned, Satan comes to accuse us, and sometimes when we have not sinned, Satan still comes to accuse us. Sometimes it is not a problem of whether or not we have sinned, but a problem of not having a positive righteousness to offer to God; so Satan accuses us. However, we must be clear: We can come into God’s presence only because of the blood, not because of anything else. Since we have been cleansed by the blood and justified by the blood, we are under no obligation whatsoever to accept the accusations of Satan.”
From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., pp. 88-89). 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.