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Emanna for 03/28/2019

The Teachings of Life

Bible Verses

1 John 2:27 And as for you, the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone teach you; but as His anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, abide in Him.

Words of Ministry

In spiritual matters, it is useless to have teachings without feelings. Suppose a person hears that lying is a sin and an improper thing for a Christian to do. As a result he also tells others that lying is a sin and that he should not lie. But the question is not whether he says with his mouth that he should not lie. The question is whether or not he feels anything wrong within him when he lies. If he does not feel sinful when he lies, it is useless for him to say with his mouth that lying is a sin. He can say that it is wrong to lie while lying just the same. One characteristic of those who have God's life is feeling inwardly wrong when they lie. They do not have to understand doctrinally that lying is wrong; when they lie, they feel uneasy within. This is being a Christian. Being a Christian is being a person with life and feelings within. One characteristic of being a Christian is the feeling of life. A person who does not have life and who has no feelings within is not a Christian. Outward regulations are merely standards; they are not life. One mark of the feeling of life is that we do not need anyone to tell us about anything; we have this knowledge within us spontaneously. If we have to wait for others to tell us about something, our response is too late. Suppose every Christian needed someone else to tell him what sin is, what he should do, and what he should not do. This would be terrible! What would happen when there was no one else to tell him what he should do? What would happen if others told him, and he forgot about it? A Christian does not act according to what others tell him. A life within, a light within, and a feeling within will tell him what to do. We should pay attention to the feelings within. These inner feelings come from God's enlightening and from life; they are not from man.

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.238-239. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.