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Emanna for 10/07/2018

Living the Wonderful Christ by Calling

Bible Verses

1 Tim. 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold on the eternal life... Isa. 64:7 And there is no one who calls upon Your name, who stirs himself up to lay hold of You...

Words of Ministry

The Bible reveals that our God today is very wonderful. He created the universe and all things in it according to His plan. One day Christ, who is the very God, was incarnated, born of a virgin. After living on earth for thirty-three and a half years, He was crucified on the cross to redeem us by taking away our sins. On the cross, the Lord Jesus also destroyed His enemy, the Devil. Then He was buried in the tomb and went into Hades. After touring the region of death, He came forth in resurrection. According to Acts 2:24, Hades exercised its power to hold Him, but to no avail. As the very resurrection life, He could not be held by death. When He entered into resurrection, His physical body was transformed into a glorious spiritual body. It is a fact that Christ in resurrection still has a body. Nevertheless, the Bible also reveals that in resurrection He became the life-giving Spirit: "The last Adam became a life-giving Spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45). This Spirit is now our breath. If you breathe Him all the time, you will live Him. After years of groping, I have discovered that the way to live Christ is to breathe Him, and the way to breathe Him is to call on Him without ceasing. In 1 Timothy 6:12 Paul says, "Lay hold on the eternal life to which you were called." We have been called to eternal life. Now we must lay hold on this life by calling on the Lord all day long. By calling on Him, we breathe Him. Due to their lack of knowledge, some Christians have done strange things in order to experience the Spirit. Some have taught that to receive the Spirit we should jump, cry, quake, or even shake chairs (as practiced by a group of Christians in Taiwan). There is no need to do such things to receive the life-giving Spirit. We simply need to exercise our spirit and call on the name of the Lord Jesus. Again I say, no matter what you are doing, call on the name of the Lord Jesus. If you call without ceasing, you will not quench the Spirit. There is no need always to call on the Lord purposely or deliberately. We may call on Him subconsciously, unconsciously, and unintentionally. This is true breathing. Breathing is unintentional. Let us practice to build up a habit of calling on the Lord's name until we call unconsciously and unintentionally.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (information available at www.recoveryversion.org), 1991, and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Philippians, pp. 300-301 (available online at www.ministrybooks.org/life-studies.html) Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.