A Bible You Can Understand

A Bible You Can Understand

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Danny

Austin, TX

#1 May 18, 2007
Learning the Secret - Being Empowered in Christ

SCRIPTURE:

Philippians 4:

12b-13 ...I have learned the secret both to be filled and to hunger, both to abound and to lack. I am able to do all things in Him who empowers me.

NOTEs: The metaphor here [I have learned the secret] refers to a person's being initiated into a secret society with instruction in its rudimentary principles. After Paul was converted to Christ, he was initiated into Christ and the Body of Christ. He then learned the secret of how to take Christ as life, how to live Christ, how to magnify Christ, how to gain Christ, and how to have the church life, all of which things are rudimentary principles. Paul was a person in Christ (2 Cor. 12:2), and he desired to be found in Christ by others. Now he declared hat he was able to do all things in Him, the very Christ who empowered him. This is an all-inclusive and concluding word on his experience of Christ. It is the converse of the Lord's word in John 15:5 concerning our organic relationship with Him, "Apart from Me you can do nothing." [The Greek word for "empower" in this verse] means makes dynamic inwardly. Christ dwells in us (Col. 1:27). He empowers us, makes us dynamic from within, not from without. By such an inward empowering Paul was able to do all things in Christ.

PRAYER: Lord, this morning we declare that You are our source. Lord Jesus, empower us, from within, today, so that we may find the secret of taking You as our sufficiency. We love You Lord Jesus.

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#2 May 19, 2007
One Spirit with the Lord:

SCRIPTURE:

1 Corinthians:

6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
15:45 So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul"; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

NOTEs:

[Our being one spirit with the Lord Spirit] refers to the believers’ organic union with the Lord through believing into Him (John 3:15-16). It is a matter not only of life but in life (the divine life). Such a union with the resurrected Lord can only be in our spirit. Our spirit has been regenerated by the Spirit of God (John 3:6), who is now in us (v. 19) and is one with our spirit (Rom. 8:16). This is the realization of the Lord, who became the life-giving Spirit through resurrection (15:45; 2 Cor. 3:17) and who is now with our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22). This mingled spirit is often referred to in Paul’s Epistles, e.g., in Rom. 8: 4-6.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for becoming, in resurrection, The Spirit. Thank You that we, the believers, have been joined to You and are one spirit with You. Lord keep us in the realm of our mingled spirit, enjoying You, touching You and living by and with You. We love You Lord Jesus. Amen.

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#3 May 28, 2007
Faith Not Being Feeling

Bible Verses

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by appearance) Romans 10:17 So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Words of Ministry

Some people are not hoping, praying, or waiting, but they are looking for feelings. A sister said that she had surrendered and believed that the Lord was living in her, but she dared not say that she had overcome. This was because from the day she received the Lord Jesus as her victory, she had never had any feeling about it... There may be some occasions when feelings are useful. However, feelings are useless in understanding the things of God. The hand can only touch things and sense their temperature; it cannot see a picture. Spiritual things can be substantiated only by faith; they cannot be substantiated by feelings. We overcome because of the Word of God. God speaks, and it is done. This is not a matter of feeling some kind of strength or experiencing some exuberant sensation for a few days. In order to overcome, there needs to be only one word from the Lord.

God has given us a covenant which says that meekness is ours, patience is ours, and love, temperance, and everything in Christ are ours. But when you lose your temper again, and your pride, uncleanness, and failures come back, what should you do? If you believe God's Word, you should say,“God, I thank and praise You because I can be meek, patient, humble, loving, and temperate. I can be all these because Christ is living in me.” As long as you grasp hold of God's Word, the things you fear will go away.(c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank You we do not live by our feelings. We live by Your word and by the faith that comes when we hear Your word. We love You Lord Jesus. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.com ) and Words of Ministry from The Overcoming Life, pp. 122-124. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA (Repeat 7/29/97)

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#4 May 30, 2007
Willing to be Headed Up in Christ

SCRIPTIURE

Ephesians 1:

9 Making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself,
10 Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;

NOTE: Through all the dispensations of God in all the ages, all things will be headed up in Christ in the new heaven and new earth. That will be God's eternal administration and economy...The believers participate in this heading up by being willing to be headed up in the church life, by growing in life, and by living under Christ's light (John 1:4; Rev. 21:23-25). When everything is headed up in Christ, there will be absolute peace and harmony (Isa. 2:4; 11:6; 55:12; Psa. 96:12-13), a full rescue out of the collapse. This will begin from the time of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21).

PRAYER: Thank You Lord for becoming the Head over all things, to the church. Lord be our Head today. We like to have the real experience of being subject to You in all things. We love You Lord Jesus. Amen.

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Danny

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#5 Jun 1, 2007
A Qualification for Being Used by God

Bible Verses

Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,(47) And my spirit has exulted in God my Savior; (50) And His mercy is unto generations and generations, unto those who fear Him.(51) He has exercised might with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in the understanding of their heart.(52) He has brought down potentates from thrones and has exalted the humble; (53) The hungry He has filled with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.

Words of Ministry

Mary's poetic praise [from vs. 46-55] is composed of many quotations from the Old Testament. This indicates that she was a godly woman, qualified to be a channel for the Savior's incarnation. It also indicates that the Lord Jesus would grow up in a family which would be filled with the knowledge and love of God's holy Word. Although Mary was a young woman, she was very knowledgeable concerning the Old Testament and could quote verses from it in her praise to God. Actually, her praise was a composition of quotations from the Scriptures. Surely she was the right person for God to use in conceiving the Savior who was to be born. Mary's praise indicates that in order for us to be used by God, we need to have certain qualifications. One qualification is the proper knowledge of the Word of God. I hope that the young people in particular will learn of Mary in this matter. Do you intend to be used by the Lord to bring forth something of the Lord, even, in a spiritual sense, to "conceive" the Lord Jesus and bring Him forth? If so, then you need to be qualified by being filled with the Scriptures, filled with the Word of God.(c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, we love You. Day by day fill us with Your word; constitute us with what has been breathed out of God, for Your purpose and Your glory. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (See: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 33-34. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.(Repeat 8/1/01)

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Austin, TX

#6 Jun 3, 2007
Being Saved by Calling on the Name of the Lord to Enjoy His Riches

SCRIPTURE:

Romans 10:

12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him;
13 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

NOTEs:[Verse 12] shows that God selects us, redeems us, justifies us, sanctifies us, conforms us, and glorifies us in Christ in order that we may enjoy His unsearchable riches in Christ (Eph 3:8). The secret to this enjoyment is to call on His name. 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,(Gen. 4:26) 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. To be saved [in this verse] means to be brought into the enjoyment of the riches of the Lord. The Lord is rich to both Jews and Greeks. All who call on the Lord's name enjoy this rich Lord; as a result, they are filled with Him and express Him.

PRAYER: Oh, Lord Jesus. Dear Lord Jesus. How we love to speak Your name. How we love to call upon Your name. It is the highest name and the only name by which we can be saved. Save us more and more today Lord Jesus. We love You. Amen.

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Danny

Austin, TX

#7 Jun 5, 2007
Calling On the Lord to Be Saved (1)

Bible Verses

Acts 2:17 “And it shall be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh...(21) And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Gen 4:26 ...then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Words of Ministry

[Part 1 of 4] Calling on the name of the Lord is not a new practice in the New Testament. It began with Enosh, the third generation of mankind, in Genesis 4:26. It was continued by Job (Job. 12:4), Abraham (Gen. 12:8; 13:4), Isaac (Gen. 26:25), Moses and the children of Israel (Deut. 4:7), Samson (Judg. 16:28), Samuel (1 Sam. 12:18), David (Psa. 86:5, 7; 116:4, 13, 17),...Elijah (1 Kings 18:24), Isaiah (Isa. 12:4), Jeremiah (Lam. 3:55, 57), and others (Psa. 99:6). All these practiced calling on the name of the Lord in the Old Testament age. Isaiah also charged God's seekers to call upon Him (Isa. 55:6). Even the Gentiles knew that the prophets of Israel used to call on the name of God (Jonah 1:6; 2 Kings 5:11). The Gentile raised up by God from the north also called upon His name (Isa. 41:25). It is God's commandment (Psa. 50:15; Jer. 29:12) and desire (Psa. 91:15; Zeph. 3:9; Zech. 13:9) that His people call on Him. It is the joyful way to drink from the fountain of God's salvation (Isa. 12:3-4), and the enjoyable way to delight oneself in God (Job 27:10), that is, to enjoy Him. Hence, God's people must call upon Him daily (Psa. 88:9). It is such a jubilant practice that Joel prophesied (Joel 2:32) for the New Testament jubilee.[continued tomorrow]

Prayer

Lord Jesus, we love Your name and we love to call upon Your name to be saved from so many things. Oh, Lord Jesus, keep us calling upon Your name in every place, today. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Thessalonians, pp. 69-70. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim.(Repeat 11/15/00)

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Austin, TX

#8 Jun 7, 2007
Calling On the Lord to Be Saved (2)

Bible Verses

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is in Corinth...with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, who is theirs and ours. Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him;

Words of Ministry

[Part 2 of 4] In the New Testament calling on the name of the Lord is mentioned first by Peter, in Acts 2:21, on the day of Pentecost as the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. This fulfillment is related to God's outpouring of the all- inclusive Spirit economically upon His chosen people so that they may participate in His New Testament jubilee. Joel's prophecy and its fulfillment for God's New Testament jubilee have two aspects: on God's side, He poured out His Spirit in the ascension of the resurrected Christ; on our side, we call on the name of the ascended Lord who has accomplished all, attained unto all, and obtained all.

It is vitally necessary for us, the believers in Christ, to participate in and enjoy the all-inclusive Christ with all He has accomplished, attained, and obtained. It is a major practice in God's New Testament economy that we may enjoy the processed Triune God for our full salvation (Rom. 10:10- 13). The early believers practiced this everywhere, and it became a popular sign of Christ's believers toward the unbelievers, especially the persecutors (Acts 9:14, 21). When Stephen suffered persecution, he practiced this (7:59), and his practice surely impressed Saul, one of his persecutors (7:58-60). Then the unbelieving Saul persecuted these callers (9:14, 21) by taking their calling as a sign. Immediately after Saul was caught by the Lord, Ananias, who brought him into the fellowship of the Body of Christ, charged him to be baptized, calling on the name of the Lord [22:16], to show others that he also had become such a caller.
[continued tomorrow]

Prayer

Lord Jesus, make us "normal callers", ones who call on Your name out of a pure heart in every place. We love You Lord. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 70-71. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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Danny

Austin, TX

#9 Jun 9, 2007
Calling On the Lord to Be Saved (3)

Bible Verses

Acts 9:14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call upon Your name. 2 Timothy 2:22 But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Words of Ministry

[Part 3 of 4] According to 9:14, Saul had authority from the chief priest to bind all who called on the name of the Lord Jesus. His intention in going to Damascus was to arrest all those who called on the Lord's name. This indicates that in the early days calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus was a sign of being a follower of the Lord. This calling must have been audible so that others could hear. Thus, it became a sign. At the time of Saul, the believers were those who called on the name of the Lord Jesus.
The Lord appeared to Saul on the way to Damascus, and Saul said, "Who are You, Lord?" (9:5). Later Ananias came to Saul and said to him, "Rise up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name" (22:16). Here Ananias seemed to be saying, "Brother Saul, you persecuted the saints for calling on the name of the Lord Jesus. They regard you as a persecutor, one who arrested the believers because they called on the name of the Lord. Now you have repented and have turned to the Lord. But how can those who consider you a persecutor recognize that you are now a brother? The only way for them to recognize you is that you call on the name of the Lord. So arise and be baptized by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus. While you are being baptized and calling on the name of the Lord Jesus, the saints will be very happy to hear that you also call on this name." [continued tomorrow]

Prayer

Lord Jesus, we like to pursue You with all those who call upon Your name. Oh, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 72-73. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. See us at: www.emanna.com
Danny

Austin, TX

#10 Jun 11, 2007
Calling on the Lord to Be Saved (4)

Bible Verses

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen as he called upon the Lord and said, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! Romans 10:13 For "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Words of Ministry

[Part 4 of 4] The Greek word for "call upon" is epikaleo, composed of epi, upon, and kaleo, call by name, that is, to call out audibly, even loudly, as Stephen did. As we consider Acts 2:21 in its context, we see that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh, that is, upon all human beings, is for the purpose that people will call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. This is the reason Paul says that if one is to be saved, he needs to call on the name of the Lord.

When we preach the gospel and help others to be saved, we need to encourage them to call on the name of the Lord and say, "O Lord Jesus!" From experience we know that the stronger a person calls on the name of the Lord Jesus, the stronger will be his experience of salvation. Let us suppose that someone who has heard the preaching of the gospel and who wants to be saved prays softly and weakly, "Lord Jesus, You love me, and You died for me. I believe in You." It may be difficult to recognize that one who prays in such a weak manner is saved. However, suppose someone strongly calls on the name of the Lord Jesus and says, "Lord Jesus! O Lord Jesus! I'm a sinner, Lord, but You died for me! O Lord Jesus, I love You!" No doubt, anyone who prays like this, calling strongly on the name of the Lord, is saved. He may even be beside himself with joy in the Lord for His salvation.

Prayer

Oh, Lord Jesus! Make us beside ourselves with joy, calling upon Your name. Lord Jesus! We love Your name and we love You. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 71-72. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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Danny

Austin, TX

#11 Jun 13, 2007
The Spirit of Jesus Christ -- a Bountiful Supply To Us

SCRIPTURES:

Philippians 1:

19 For I know that for me this will turn out to salvation through your petition and the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

NOTEs: The Greek word "bountiful" [in this verse] refers to the supplying of all the needs of the chorus by the choragus, the leader of the chorus...The bountiful supply of the all-inclusive Spirit enabled Paul to live and magnify Christ in his sufferings for Him. The Spirit of Jesus Christ is "the Spirit" mentioned in John 7:39. This is not merely the Spirit of God before the Lord's incarnation but the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit with divinity, after the Lord's resurrection, compounded with the Lord's incarnation (humanity), human living under the cross, crucifixion and resurrection. The holy anointing ointment in Exo. 30:23-25, a compound of olive oil and four kinds of spices, is a full type of this compound Spirit of God, who is now the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Here it is not the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7) or the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9) but the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The spirit of Jesus is related mainly to the Lord's humanity and human living; the Spirit of Christ is related mainly to the Lord's resurrection. To experience the Lord's humanity, as illustrated in 2:5-8, we need the Spirit of Jesus. To experience the power of the Lord's resurrection, as mentioned in 3:10, we need the Spirit of Christ.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus; You are the bountiful supply. In You we have everything we need. Lord Jesus, spread in us more and more today. We love You. Amen.

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#12 Jun 25, 2007
Emanna for 04/04/2007

The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus (2)

Bible Verses

1 Cor 15:45 ...the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit. 2 Cor 3:17 And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Words of Ministry

[Part 2 of 2] God's New Testament economy is carried out through the Lord's incarnation, humanity, human living, death, resurrection, and ascension. The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus include these matters. This means that the Spirit who is now called the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus is the totality and ultimate consummation of Christ's incarnation, humanity, human living, death, resurrection, and ascension. When we have this Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus, we have Christ in His incarnation, in His humanity and human living, and in His death, resurrection, and ascension. Elsewhere we have pointed out that after His resurrection and in His resurrection Christ has become the pneumatic Christ. The pneumatic Christ is identical to the Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 3:17). The Holy Spirit, who is also the Spirit of Jesus, is the totality of this pneumatic Christ. The pneumatic Christ is constituted of certain elements: incarnation, humanity, human living, death, resurrection, and ascension. In the entire universe He is the only one who possesses these six qualifications. Hence, the Spirit of Jesus is the realization of this qualified Jesus. The Spirit of Jesus is the totality of such an all-inclusive One. In Acts 16 Paul and his co- workers were moving under the direction of such a Spirit, the Spirit who is the totality of the all-inclusive Christ.(c) 2007 Living Stream Ministry.

Prayer

Oh, Lord Spirit, You are the totality of the all-inclusive Christ. Thank You Jesus, for becoming, in resurrection, this life giving One. We love You Jesus. Amen.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (see: www.biblesforamerica.org ) and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, p. 380. Both are Published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim.(Repeat 4/26/01)

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Danny

Austin, TX

#13 Jun 27, 2007
Our Eternal Inheritance

Scripture

Acts 20:32: And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who have been sanctified.

Notes

The Greek word here [for inheritance] refers to the legal inheritance of a share of an estate…This inheritance is the Triune God Himself with all He has, all He has done, and all He will do for His redeemed people. The Triune God is embodied in the all-inclusive Christ (Col. 2:9), who is the portion allotted to the saints as their inheritance (Col. 1:12). The Holy Spirit who has been given to the saints, is the foretaste, the pledge, and the guarantee of this divine inheritance (Rom. 8:23; Eph. 1:14), which we are sharing and enjoying today as a foretaste in God’s New Testament jubilee, and which we will enjoy in full in the coming age and for eternity.(1 Pet. 1:4)…To participate in God’s inheritance requires us to be sanctified, and to be sanctified requires the word of God’s grace (John 17:17).

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You Yourself are our eternal inheritance. Sanctify us, more and more, day by day so that we can partake of and enjoy this inheritance. We love You Lord Jesus. Amen.

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#14 Aug 20, 2007
how can this be true. when every generation changes what they think the versus mean.

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