With this issue of Parenthood, we begin an study of the intense nature of the self. to effectively carry out our divine commission parents, We are using some excerpts from Watchman nee’s collected works, published by Living Stream Ministry.
We have often pointed out in this monthly publication that our goal is not equip parents with the knowledge and tools to become experts in raising children. We are laboring to assist the parents to realize that they are not volunteers to produce and rear children who will bring honor to them as parents. We affirm that every christian parent is appointed by God I himself to carry out divine stewardship to beget, nourish, and trim children who will become a part of His eternal purpose. Some may find it difficult and understand the difference. What we mean is that we must not do things our way and ask God to bless us. We must learn to depend on the Spirit of God in our spirit to live in all we do and say. The apostle Paul pointed out that the real circumcision of God are those who “serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh many of us may still depend entirely on the self. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
At the heart of the eternal play of God is His intention to join Himself to and mingle with His creation blending with men who are elect, chosen, redeemed, and eventually transformed into a open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. For this divine purpose to be fulfilled, we must become completely dependent on God, arriving at the intrinsie realization that apart from Him, we can do nothing so that we learn to abide in Him and allow Him to abide in us. (John 15:4-7), Abide in me and I in you, as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shale done unto you. But there is a huge, problem fallen man has become independent of God and does not sense his real condition before God, hence, we are full of self-confidence, self-boasting self-satisfaction, and every selfish though, feeling and act’ Our self-motives and actions, God allows us as regenerated human beings to repeatedly fall that self may be thoroughly exposed and we might learn to trust obsolutely in Him.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
CB Helping Hands Ministries
To God Be The Glory
Minister David A. Benjamin