Emanna for 03/09/2018

The Speaking Christ in Us

Bible Verses

John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (21) He who has My commandments and keeps them, he is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will manifest Myself to him. (23) Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.

Words of Ministry

The living Christ within us speaks constantly. He will never stop speaking. Due to the fact that we are still in a situation with so many negative things, most of the time this living Christ speaks just one word—no... A sister may say, "I'm going to the department store to buy a pair of shoes," and the Lord says, "No." A brother may desire to talk to a certain person, and the indwelling Christ says, "No."

If we keep the Lord's commandments, we shall be loved by the Father and the Son, and the Son will manifest Himself to us. Tell me, according to your experience, when the Lord spoke the word "no" to you and you obeyed Him, what was the result? You found yourself immediately in the presence of the Lord. But if we do not care for that little word "no," we shall lose His presence. Whenever we listen to His speaking and keep His commandments, His presence is immediately intensified and becomes so sweet, precious, watering, strengthening, enlightening, and nourishing. This is the manifestation of the indwelling Christ.

You may ask, "Since He indwells me, He is already here. Why do you say that He will manifest Himself?" Because the indwelling Christ quite often disappears. Although He indwells you, whether or not He appears or disappears from your inner sense depends on whether or not you listen to His words.

Words of Ministry taken from Witness Lee, Life-study of John (Anaheim, CA: Living Stream Ministry, 1985), pp. 381-382

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