Emanna for 11/24/2019
Being Up-To-Date with the Lord's Move
Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord, and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. (26) And this man began to speak boldly in the synagogue. And when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him to themselves and expounded the way of God to him more accurately. Words of Ministry
We can see from the record in Acts 18 that Apollos was very good. However, although Apollos knew the Lord's way, he did not know God's economy in full. This lack of knowledge is indicated by the fact that he knew only the baptism of John... In his knowledge of the Lord's move he had not gone further than the ministry of John the Baptist. There is a lesson for us to learn from the case of Apollos in Acts 18. We may think that we are in the way of the Lord, but we may not actually be up-to-date with the Lord's move. We all need to humble ourselves and empty our spirit. The Lord Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens" (Matt. 5:3). To be poor in spirit is not only to be humble but also to be emptied in our spirit, emptied in the depths of our being. Many of the Jewish leaders knew of God's move in the Old Testament, but they did not see that God intended to have a new start for His New Testament economy. These religious leaders were full in their spirit. Therefore, the Lord Jesus pointed out that we all need to be poor in our spirit. Because the Lord is always advancing in His move, we should not be content with where we are. Instead, we should humble ourselves and be unloaded of anything that is filling our spirit so that our spirit may be able to receive something new concerning the Lord's move.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Acts, pp. 434- 436. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.