Consecrating Ourselves to Enjoy Christ
“You must consecrate yourself sincerely to the Lord for the simple purpose of enjoying and experiencing Him—nothing more. From the moment you awake in the morning you need to say, ‘Lord, here I am. I give myself to enjoy Thee. Grant me through the entire day, from this moment on, to experience and apply Thee in every situation. I am not asking for tomorrow. I am asking for grace to enjoy Thee today.’”
The Spirit, Soul, and Body of Man [with infographic]
In a previous post, we discussed the particular way God created mankind for His purpose. We saw from the Word of God how every human being is composed of three parts: a spirit, a soul, and a body.
Each of our three parts is necessary for fulfilling God’s purpose. But the most important, yet most hidden, part of our being is our human spirit. To realize from God’s Word our spirit’s importance in our knowing and experiencing Christ is a great discovery, one that can change our Christian life! We hope you’ll take some time to read the post.
In this post, we’ve put together an infographic about the three parts of man as a clear, concise, visual reminder of the very special way God created us for His purpose. We hope you enjoy it!
“Why This Waste?”
Matthew 26:6-8—“Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. But when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, Why this waste?”
Note 1 on waste says, “The disciples considered Mary’s love offering to the Lord a waste. Throughout the past twenty centuries thousands of precious lives, heart treasures, high positions, and golden futures have been ‘wasted’ upon the Lord Jesus. To those who love Him in such a way He is altogether lovely and worthy of their offering. What they have poured upon Him is not a waste but a fragrant testimony of His sweetness.”
5 Names of Jesus in the New Testament and What They Mean
In the entire universe, the name Jesus is a special name. How special? Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that God highly exalted Jesus and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should openly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
In addition to the name Jesus, we can find many other names in the New Testament for our Lord. Each is rich in meaning, communicating a particular aspect of what He is to us.
In this post, besides the name Jesus, we’ll cover four other names for Jesus from the books of Matthew and John. Seeing what these names mean will increase our appreciation for this wonderful Person and enhance our experience of Him.
The Bountiful and All-Sufficient Supply of the Spirit
“When we are weak, let us go to the Lord, saying, ‘I praise You, Lord, that in this situation I am weak.’ By contacting Him, we will see what a wonderful Spirit He is, dwelling within us to be the bountiful and all-sufficient supply.”
From The Economy of God by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 20). 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.
The Urgent Need for Prayer and the Preaching of the Gospel
It seems daily we’re assailed by harrowing reports of conflict, hatred, and violence between people, both here domestically and abroad. These events are heartbreaking, disturbing, unsettling.
The hatred and violence between people is proof of the fallen condition of humanity. If nothing else convinces us that we human beings are deeply sinful and need a Savior, these traumatic events should.
The well-meaning efforts of people to bring peace to this extremely troubled world can only go so far. As believers in Christ, what should our reaction be?
Eternal Life and Eternal Security
John 10:28—“And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.”
Note 1 on eternal life and My hand says: “Eternal life (see note 151 in ch. 3) is for the believers’ living. The Father’s hand, by which He chooses in His love according to His purpose (17:23; 6:38-39), and the Son’s hand, by which He saves by His grace for the fulfillment of the Father’s purpose (1:14; 6:37), both of which have the keeping power, are for the believers’ protection. Eternal life will never run out, and the hands of the Father and the Son will never fail. Hence, the believers are eternally secure and will never perish.”
Cross-reference “a” on eternal life directs us to these verses:
Author Spotlight: Who Is Watchman Nee?
One of the authors whose books we give away is Watchman Nee. Have you ever wondered why we chose this author? And who is Watchman Nee?
Let’s take a little time to look at a brief biography of Watchman Nee. The testimonies of believers can be truly edifying and helpful, and more particularly, the testimony of Watchman Nee can give us a sense of his depth as a believer and thereby increase our appreciation for the ministry in his books.
God’s Answer: Christ
“God makes it quite clear in his Word that he has only one answer to every human need—his Son, Jesus Christ. In all his dealings with us he works by taking us out of the way and substituting Christ in our place. The Son of God died instead of us for our forgiveness: he lives instead of us for our deliverance.”
Giving Thanks to God—Then and Now
As Americans, and as Christians, we have much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving Day is a time to consider the things we’ve been blessed with and to give thanks for them. But why does such a day exist? Where did it come from? And to whom should we offer thanks? A look at the experience of the ones on whom this holiday is based can shed light on the meaning of this day we celebrate each year.