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Re: Morning Greetings

Postby spider » Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:51 am

Being Guarded by the Peace of God

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every man's
understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in
Christ Jesus.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you;
not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your
heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The issue, the result, of practicing the organic union with
the Lord is that the peace of God guards our hearts and
thoughts in Christ Jesus (v. 7). The peace of God is actually
God as peace (v. 9), infused into us through our fellowship
with Him by prayer. This peace is the counterpoise of
troubles and the antidote to anxiety (John 16:33).

Bad news or difficult situations may cause us to worry or to
be anxious. We find the antidote to this anxiety when we
pray, practice communion with God, and enjoy the organic
union [a living oneness with the Lord]. Then spontaneously,
even unconsciously, the peace of God is transfused into our
inner being. This transfused peace becomes the counterpoise
of trouble and becomes the antidote to anxiety. From
experience we know that through prayer we receive this
antidote to anxiety when the peace of God is infused into us.
Having the peace of God as the counterpoise to our troubles
does not mean that the troubles will disappear. The troubles
remain, but we have a counterpoise. Furthermore, the poison
of anxiety is still within us, but we have an antidote--the
peace of God transfused into our being through our fellowship
with God in prayer. When we enjoy God as our peace, we are
made calm within.

The Greek word rendered "guard" may also be rendered "mount
guard over." The God of peace patrols or stands guard before
our hearts and thoughts in Christ. This means that in Christ
Jesus the peace of God patrols as a guard who goes back and
forth before our hearts and our thoughts. The peace of God
which patrols within our inner being in such a way keeps us
calm and tranquil. Even though we may have many troubles and
much anxiety, nothing will disturb us. From experience we
know that the peace of God infused into us keeps us calm.

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Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible
and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of
Philippians, pp. 231-232. Both are published by Living
Stream.

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Re: Morning Greetings

Postby spider » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:36 pm

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bible Verses ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom
of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Acts 5:31 This One God has exalted to His right hand as
Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and
forgiveness of sins.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Words of Ministry ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As used in Mark 1:15, the word "repent" literally means to
think differently afterward, that is, to have a change of
mind. To repent before God is, on the negative side, to repent
not only of sins and wrongdoings, but also to repent of the
world and its corruption that usurp and corrupt people whom
God made for Himself, and to repent of our God-forsaking life
in the past. On the positive side, to repent is to turn to God
in every way and in everything for fulfilling His purpose in
making mankind. This is a "repentance unto God"; it is to
"repent and turn to God" (Acts 20:21; 26:20).

In His preaching the Lord told people to repent and believe in
the gospel. To repent is mainly in the mind; to believe is
mainly in the heart (Rom. 10:9). To believe in something is to
believe into the thing which we believe. It is also to receive
the things which we believe into us. To believe in the gospel
is mainly to believe in the Slave-Savior (Acts 16:31), and to
believe in Him is to believe into Him (John 3:15-16) and
receive Him into us (John 1:12), so that we may be organically
united with Him. Such a faith in Christ is given to us by God
(Eph. 2:8) through our hearing the word of the truth of the
gospel (Rom. 10:17). This faith brings us into all the
blessings of the gospel (Gal. 3:14). Hence, it is precious to
us (2 Pet. 1:1). Such precious faith requires repentance to
precede it.

To believe is to receive the Slave-Savior not only for
forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43) but also for regeneration (1
Pet. 1:21, 23), that those who believe may become the children
of God (John 1:12-13) and the members of Christ (Eph. 5:30) in
an organic union with the Triune God (Matt. 28:19).

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(c) Living Stream Ministry. Bible verses are taken from the
Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from
Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 49. Both are
published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA

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