Emanna for 09/16/2020
The Need to See That We Live by the Whole Body
Acts 8:17 Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:5-6 And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them....
Words of Ministry
[Part 3 of 3]
Today when brothers lay hands on you, it is not a vain or mindless act. Your eyes must be opened to see that from that day on, you have become a child among many children, a cell among many cells, and a member among many members. As a member, you live by the whole Body. If you live as an individual Christian, you are finished and you are useless. As soon as you cease fellowshipping with other children of God, trouble will come. No matter how strong you are, you cannot survive on your own. No matter how great and how wonderful you are, you are dead if you are severed from the Body. You cannot boast of your power. You are powerful only because you are in the Body. This is what the laying on of hands does for you. As others lay their hands on you, you should have a realization within yourself: "Lord, I cannot live by myself. I confess that I am a member in the Body. Without the Body I cannot live. Without the Body I cannot have the anointing." Is this clear? The anointing is on the Head. Therefore, you have to come under the headship; you have to submit to the authority of the Head along with all the other children of God. Individually you have to submit to Him, and you have to submit to Him in oneness with others. When you do this, the anointing will come to you.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 106-107. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/26/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.