The Secret to Enjoying Christ’s Redemption, Salvation, and All His Riches
Romans 10:12b-13—“For the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; for ‘whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”
Note 1 on calls says: “Calling on the name of the Lord is the secret not only to our salvation but also to our enjoyment of the Lord’s riches. Beginning with Enosh, the third generation of mankind, and continuing all the way down to the New Testament believers, God’s chosen and redeemed ones enjoyed Christ’s redemption and salvation and all His riches by means of this secret (see note 211 in Acts 2).”
Cross-reference “d” on call directs us to the following verses:
Author Spotlight: Who Is Witness Lee?
In a previous post, we wrote briefly about the life and background of Watchman Nee, one of two authors of the books we give away. The other author is Witness Lee. But who is Witness Lee?
In this post, we’ll provide a short biography of Witness Lee. By looking into his testimony, we can gain an increased appreciation for his depth as a believer and his ministry of the Word of God.
Doing Everything by God
“We need to see before God that we can do nothing from ourselves. He must bring us to the place where we realize that we truly can do nothing from ourselves—everything must be by Him and out of Him.”
From The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 34). 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.
Why Does God Let Me Fail?
Have you ever felt very discouraged after you experienced a failure in your Christian life? Perhaps you even asked yourself, “Why does God let me fail? Couldn’t He have prevented me from making this mistake? Doesn’t He want me to have a good Christian testimony?”
Creation and God's Will
Revelation 4:11—“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, for You have created all things, and because of Your will they were, and were created.”
Note 2 on will says: “God is a God of purpose, having a will of His own pleasure. He created all things for His will that He might accomplish and fulfill His purpose. This book, which unveils God’s universal administration, shows us the purpose of God. Hence, in the twenty-four elders’ praise to God concerning His creation, His creation is related to His will.”
Cross-reference “d” on will directs us to the following verse:
Renewing Your Bible Reading—A New Season, a New Beginning
With the beginning of this new year, it’s a good time to reflect on our year before. One valuable question we can ask ourselves is how we did with reading the Bible last year. Did we consider it, but didn’t know where to start? Did we try to begin, but got sidetracked along the way? Or maybe we made a daily Bible-reading schedule, but fell behind and got discouraged.
The good news is, whether you lost your stride last year, managed to keep to your daily Bible reading, or even if you’re deciding to read the Word for the first time in a regular way, you can start afresh with the Lord. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year give us all the opportunity to have a new beginning. Why not take the start of this year as an opportunity to renew your reading and enjoyment of God’s Word?
The Blood of Jesus Cleanses Us from Every Sin
“Let us remember the word: ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from every sin.’ Big sins, small sins, sins which may be very black and sins which appear to be not so black, sins which I think can be forgiven and sins which seem unforgivable, yes, all sins, conscious or unconscious, remembered or forgotten, are included in those words: ‘every sin.’"
This quote comes from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee (mass distribution ed., p. 18). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.
7 Ways to Have a New Beginning with the Lord
As Christians, we desire a closer relationship with God. Whatever our experience was last year, thank the Lord, we can freshly give ourselves to daily pursue Christ this year. At the beginning of this new year, we thought we’d share seven ways for us to have a new beginning with the Lord.
The points below include inspiring and motivating quotes from well-known Bible teachers, preachers, Christian workers, and authors.
Being Established in Soul
Acts 14:22—“Establishing the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.”
Note 1 on souls says: “Man’s soul is composed of his mind, emotion, and will. To establish the souls of the disciples is to establish them (1) in their mind, that they may know and understand the Lord and the things concerning Him (1 Cor. 2:16; Phil. 3:10); (2) in their emotion, that they may love the Lord and have a heart for the Lord’s interest (Mark 12:30; Rom. 16:4); and (3) in their will, that they may be strong to remain with the Lord and do the things that please the Lord (11:23; Col. 1:10; 1 Thes. 4:1).”
The verse and note are from the Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. The Recovery Version outlines, footnotes, and cross-references were all prepared by Witness Lee. Bibles for America gives away the New Testament Recovery Version for free. You can order your free copy here.
A Special Time with the Lord at the Close of the Year
As the year ends, it’s a spiritually healthy practice for us to spend time before the Lord for prayerful reflection, giving thanks, and offering fresh consecration to Him. Besides thanking the Lord, item after item, for the many outward and material ways He’s met our needs, we can also ponder on and thank Him even more for the wonderful inward and eternal matters we have enjoyed as believers. These are the most real and lasting blessings in the universe, seen not with our physical eyes but with the inward eyes of our heart.
When we have a special time with the Lord like this, beyond our usual daily time with Him, our hearts become open and tender, and we give Him another opportunity to speak to us. Below are just a few things we can prayerfully consider to enrich our thanking and praising the Lord Jesus at the end of this year.