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Emanna for 02/16/2019

The Truth Setting Us Free (3)

Bible Verses

Rom. 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be annulled, that we should no longer serve sin as slaves. Heb. 2:14 Since therefore the children have shared in blood and flesh, He also Himself in like manner partook of the same, that through death He might destroy him who has the might of death, that is, the devil.

Words of Ministry

(Part 3 of 3) God's Word shows us that when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, He bore our sins, regenerated us, and saved us. God's Word also shows us that when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, He put us into the Lord Jesus, and our old man was crucified with Him. The Lord's death was not the death of an individual; it was a corporate death. When He died on the cross, we died in Him also. Through His accomplishment, we became dead. This is truth, and this is reality. However, before we see this truth, we are bound. When we look at ourselves, we still find our temper. When we touch our feelings, we still find our weaknesses. All the undesirable things we have from head to toe are still with us. The question now is: Are our experiences and feelings more real, or is the Lord's work more real? Many people are weeping as if nothing is more real than their bondage. But God's Word shows us that only one thing is real, that is, the accomplishments of His Son Jesus. Our old man is crucified with the Lord. This is truth. If we do not see this truth, we will become a slave to our temper and will be bound by our experience and feelings. If we live by our feelings and experiences, we will fail again and again. But if we see the fact of our crucifixion with the Lord, we will be set free. There was a brother who was under Satan's attacks for a few months in body and in mind. He tried all he could to pray and resist them. He even exhausted himself in prayer and resistance. Yet for three months straight, despite his resistance and prayer, he was still under the attack. One night he prayed to the Lord, "I cannot resist any longer. My power of resistance is exhausted. I cannot pray anymore, my strength to pray is gone. Lord, show me where the root of the problem lies." God opened his eyes and gave him a word. The word was: "Is Satan worth such resistance from us?" He had never before thought that one could be wrong for resisting Satan. On that day, he saw the reality. What is the reality? The reality is that the Lord Jesus has overcome. When we are joined to Him, we also overcome. It is not that the Lord Jesus is about to overcome, and we cheer Him on. The truth is that He has overcome. It is not that Satan will be defeated, and we pray for the Lord to defeat him. Thank and praise the Lord that Satan is already defeated. It is done; it is not something to be done. Once that brother saw this truth, the attacks stopped. Everything became quiet, and all the problems were over. This is the reality setting men free. This is the truth setting us free.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp.150-152. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.