Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of November

Nov 2, 2015 by

Verse:

2 Cor. 5:4 “…That what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.”

Excerpts:

As those who have been born again, we have the divine life. However, we may not exercise the divine life much in the church service. We may simply do things and talk, gossip, ask questions, and exercise our mind and emotions in the name of “fellowship,” yet without the exercise of the divine life in us…. Genuine fellowship is the flow and the mutual imparting of life. I minister life to you, and you return life to me, and in this life current there is the real fellowship…. Everything in the church must be in the nature of life, with the content of life, and in the imparting of life. (The Normal Way of Fruit-bearing and Shepherding for the Building Up of the Church, chap. 3)

Wherever we go, we need to take care of our hearing. If we do this, whatever we hear will be right and positive. Then we will go the right way and do the right work. However, if we do not take care of our hearing but give ear to negative speaking, our deeds and work will be affected in a negative way…. If any church would stop hearing negative things, that church would be very healthy and living. The church that is the weakest and the most deadened is the one full of criticism, gossip, and reasoning.

Since we are God’s priests, we need to ask ourselves what kind of things we are willing to hear. Do we intend to hear positive things or negative things? Because we often hear unclean things, things that are unhealthy and contagious, we need to wash our ears with the blood of Christ. According to the Bible, where the blood washes, there the Spirit anoints. After the washing of the blood, we will enjoy the anointing of the Spirit. Then we will forget the negative things we heard, or at least we will not repeat these things. We will also become healthy and living, and the church will go on in our health…. Positive listening will rescue us from negative listening. If we listen to God’s word from morning to evening, we will not have an ear to listen to any negative speaking. (Life-study of Leviticus, msgs. 29-30)

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