V. BEING A PRAYING PERSON
[We must also be praying persons. We should pray unceasingly all the day long. This means that we have to call on His name. We need to call, “O Lord.’’ Do not think that such a short calling means nothing. It means a lot. While we are] in school or doing house chores at home, [we can call, “O Lord Jesus.’’ Such a short calling means a lot to our Christian life. By calling on the name of the Lord, we can pray unceasingly.] For us to live a normal Christian life we must be praying persons.
VI. WALKING BY AND ACCORDING TO OUR MINGLED SPIRIT
[We also must learn to walk by and according to our spirit mingled with the Spirit (Gal. 5:16; Rom. 8:4). Praise the Lord that we have a spirit and that our spirit is mingled with the divine Spirit! What a provision! Our God has created us with a spirit and has even regenerated our spirit. Immediately after regenerating us, He stays with us as the Spirit to be one with us and even to mingle Himself with us as one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). Now we have such a mingled spirit. After having a good start in the morning, we should continue to walk, to live, to do everything by this mingled spirit and with this mingled spirit all day long. We must learn to practice this.]
Many young people cannot avoid having problems with their siblings. Very few can avoid these problems because they are so close, and they know each other so well. [They feel that they do not need to be careful, so there are always chances for them to get into the self or the flesh. These chances are snares and traps to get you. Many times, Satan would send your] sibling [to tempt you. He or she may say a hard word to you or give you a long face. But at that time we have to learn how to walk, how to behave, how to have our being and living by the Spirit. Do not talk to your] sibling [by yourself. Talk to your] sibling [with the mingled spirit. This is the way that you can always be ready to speak] Christ everywhere.
VII. LIVING CHRIST FOR HIS MAGNIFICATION
[We must live Christ for His magnification by the bountiful supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, and this bountiful supply is right within us (Phil. 1:19-21; Gal. 2:20). The Lord has given us a wonderful provision. First, we have His Word in our hand. Second, we have the Holy Spirit, who is the bountiful Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ, living in us, in our spirit, which has been regenerated and strengthened. We have such a provision, and we can live Christ by this divine provision. If we are such persons, we will surely have something to speak when we come to the meeting.
What kind of Christian do you want to be? Do you want to be a cold, dumb, dormant, dying, lukewarm, defeated, and backsliding one? Or do you want to be a Christian who loves the Lord and who is living, refreshing, and active. Why is Christianity not powerful? It is because most of the Christians in the denominations have been stripped of their riches. They have been annulled and even choked to death. This is why they need a religious service in which one person speaks to them. But in the Lord’s recovery it should be different. The Lord desires to recover a meeting with all the members speaking to function. But this depends upon our Christian walk. We must love the Lord.] [We must enjoy the Lord in the Word early in the morning to have a new start of each day.] [We must live a victorious life. We must abide in the fellowship with the Lord daily and hourly, and we must be praying persons. We must walk and have our being by and according to the mingled spirit, and we must live Christ. If we are such persons day after day and throughout each day, we will be ready to speak in the meetings. Something of Christ will always be bubbling out of us. The Spirit will become a flow out from our innermost being to flow out all the riches of Christ by the Spirit (John 7:37-39).]
This is a normal Christian life according to the divine, eternal, and indestructible life. We should not have a living less than this. This is normal. This is our standard. This will cause us to experience life and grow in life. This will prepare us for the proper church life and the Lord’s second coming. This will cause the Lord to give us the reward.
- What is the most important thing in a normal Christian life?
- Give an example of how we can have a new start every morning
- How can we have a victorious Christian life? Itemize the things we must overcome in our daily walk.
- Give a list of ten verses describing how to have a normal Christian life.
Quoted Portions from (Lee/LSM) Publications
- Speaking Christ for the Building Up of the Body of Christ, pp. 33-39.
(Lesson Book, Level 4: Life—Knowing and Experiencing Life, Chapter 23, by Witness Lee)