Emanna for 10/22/2018
Living in Faith
Gal. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Words of Ministry
Christ lives in us. From this point forward, we live by faith
in the Son of God. We believe daily that the Son of God lives
in us. We say to the Lord, "I believe that You are living for
me. You are my life; I believe that You are living in me."
When we believe this way, we live this way. The fundamental
lesson of Romans 7 is that we should not make any resolutions
[to do good in order to please God]
. The basic teaching is that it is better that we not will to do anything, because such a willing is useless. The purpose of Satan's temptation is not only for us to sin but also for the old man within us to move. When temptation comes, we must learn to refuse to move and to say to the Lord, "This is not my business. This is Your business. I look to You to live in my place." Always learn to look to Him. Never try to move on your own. We are saved through faith, not through works. In the same way our life is based on faith, not on works. We were saved through looking to the Lord alone. Today we live through looking to Him as well. Just as salvation is accomplished by the Lord, without the involvement of any of our work, so also our living on earth today is a living of the Lord Himself, without the need for any involvement of ourselves. We must look up to the Lord who saves us and say, "It is You alone, not I." As long as man keeps on working
[to become righteous]
, God's grace will not operate and man's sins will not be forgiven. In the same way, as long as man is occupied with his own work
[to become holy]
, trying to do everything by himself, Christ's life will not be manifested. We must confess that we will never overcome by ourselves. Do not will and do not try to do anything. Simply look to the Lord and say, "I look to You as the One who is living in me! Live on my behalf. I look to You for victory! I look to You to express Your life through me." If we say this, the Lord will accomplish it for us. If we can believe, hope, and trust in this way, we will be able to testify daily, "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives."
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 400-401. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.