Monday 7 January 2008

Abiding in the River!

Praise the Lord!

Yesterday's meeting was an awesome start to the new year! We are being blessed with the Lord's presence as He reveals more and more of Himself to us in worship and in the Word.

The Lord is speaking to us about the River of Revival and how we are to abide in the River of Life! To do so, the Lord showed us the following:

1. Eternal life is to know God.

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

Eternal life is not some THING the Christian possesses that he can lose, but a relationship with God!

2. To know God is to have fellowship with the Father and the Son.

"..truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3

There are 3 kinds of fellowship:

  • Physical fellowship
  • Soulish fellowship
  • Spiritual fellowship

The soulish Christian has a conditional relationship with God that is dependent on the individual's subjective understanding, feelings and desires (self).

The spiritual Christian has an unconditional relationship with God that is based on God's revelation of Himself to the individual. (Matthew 16:15-17; Ephesians 1:17)

3. To have spiritual fellowship with God is to abide in Him.

"Abide in me and I in you." John 15:4

Therefore, eternal life is to know God. To know God is to have spiritual fellowship with Him. To have spiritual fellowship with God is to abide in Him and He in us.

We are looking forward to an exciting year in which the Lord has told us that He will establish Kingdom Life! Hallelujah!

This week we will resume our regular meetings and will be joining Treffpunkt Leben this Sunday to feed the needy with physical and spiritual food at the monthly soup kitchen.

Quotes of the week:

"..the moment you are born again, eternal life comes into your spirit." John G. Lake

"The foundation of Christianity rests on inward revelation and inward knowledge. That which is merely traditional or imitative is not true Christianity. The foundation of the church lies in revelation. With revelation comes life. When we were saved, we did not substitute life with doctrine. In like manner, after we are saved we still must not substitute life with doctrine. If a person hears only doctrine and receives no light, what he obtains is only doctrine, not Christ....Our emphasis on doctrine and not on revelation accounts very much for the weakness, failure, and barrenness of the church. How can the church not be weak if she is being weighed down with too many doctrines - all of which are passed from one to another without any inward revelation?" Watchman Nee

"He who has the Son has life." 1 John 5:12


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