Emanna for 11/15/2018
Loving God, the Indispensable Requirement
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God... 1 Cor 2:9 But as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not come up in man's heart; things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
Words of Ministry
God does not alter things; He changes your heart. If you love God, then all things, though unaltered, will work for your good. Sometimes you complain about everything that comes your way. You complain concerning this and concerning that. Yet if love is there, all these will mean nothing to you. Loving God will make an unsatisfactory environment a profitable one. To realize and participate in the deep and hidden things God has ordained and prepared for us requires us not only to believe in Him but also to love Him. To fear God, to worship God, and to believe in God (that is, to receive God) are all inadequate; to love Him is the indispensable requirement. To love God means to set our entire being--spirit, soul, and body, with the heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)-- absolutely on Him, that is, to let our entire being be occupied by Him and lost in Him, so that He becomes everything to us and we are one with Him practically in our daily life. In this way we have the closest and most intimate fellowship with God, and we are able to enter into His heart and apprehend all its secrets. Thus, we not only realize but also experience, enjoy, and fully participate in these deep and hidden things of God.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible (RcV) and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Loving God. The Collected Works...vol. 18. 359 and Recovery Version's footnote for v.9. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 3/11/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.