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Lessons for Sisters 2 (Updated and Finished)

2018年06月13日 06時33分31秒 | Enlightenment&Enjoyment

Message Title: the Importance of the Sisters in the Accomplishment of God's Economy

from Luke 8:1-3, we can see that when the Lord was on the earth, a group of women were ministering to Him. for us today, we sisters should also serve and minister in groups, in two or three. we all need companions, we shoud not and cannot work alone, which is not sustainable. this also hels to deal with our individualism. 

in the church life, it is easy for sisters to become suspicious, which leads to imagination. we may think "that sisters nevers likes me. she always gives that kind of look." we are so easy to get into our mind and emotion, which causes trouble in the church life. Actually, there is NO such things. if we let these little things build up, that will become a big problem. 

when the sisters can be companionised, can be with one another, be grouped like the daughters of Jerusalem, to run after the Beloved, these sisters will be blessed, and the church they are in will also be blessed. the leading brothers need to help the sisters to experience in such a way.

I. in God's administration of His economy, a very important position is assigned to the women

through the story of man's fall in the garden of Eden, we can see that the serpent did not go to talk to Adam directly. Rather, the serpent is very subtle and cunny, so he went to tempt the woman, Eve first. and through Eve's failure, she brought the whole mankind into the fall. from this, we can see two points:

1. the woman is vulnerable to the temptation of the devil

2. how crucial the woman is

it is not to blame the woman, but we do need to learn the lesson from this failure and realise the importance. but praise the Lord! the devil came in through woman. God also came in through the woman. Genesis 3:15 tells us that God promised that the seed of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent. God is so wise that He uses the same channel to destroy Satan. Woman is the door, the gate, for the enemy to come, and also for God to come in. the sisters' position is very important in God's plan. if the sisters function proplerly, God will have a success. we, sisters determin whether God will has His way. 

II. the mention of six Marys in the New Testament is very meaningful; this simply means that to fulfill God's purpose and accomplish His economy, there is a great need for the sisters; in a sense, the sisters are more important for the accomplishment of God's economy than the brothers

there are at least six Marys mentioned in the New Testament

1. Mary, the mother of Jesus. the story of the life of the Lord Jesus begins with this Mary

Matthew 1:18 Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit.

2. Mary, the sister of Lazarus. she loved the Lord Jesus, and followed Him, ministering to Him. she loved the Lord supremely and intensely. this is, obviously, the outpouring of the love from Mary to the Lord. if we want to be the present day Mary, one of the most important thing is that we will love the Lord to the uttermost. the love of the sisters to the Lord will have an impact to the local church they are in. that church will never be cold. This Mary did not say much. she just did something and the whole house was filled with fragrance. love do the things that nothing else can do. the Lord rebuked the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2 that "you have lost your first love". 

John 12:3 Then Mary took a pound of ointment, of very valuable pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.

3. Mary the Magdalene, out from whom seven demons were cast out. while the Lord was on the cross, sher, with a few sisters, were standing there with Him. also on the morning of the resurrection of the Lord, this Mary went to the tomb and weeping at the tomb, until the Lord appearred to her in the resurrection. she was the first human being, who saw the resurrected Christ. that is not an accident. the Lord will only reveal Himself to those who love Him to such a degree.

John 20:1 Now on the first day of the week, Mary the Magdalene came early to the tomb while it was yet dark and saw the stone taken away from the tomb.

4. Mary, the wife of Clopas

John 19:25 And there were standing by the cross of Jesus His mother and His mother's sister and Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary the Magdalene.

5. Mary, the mother of John Mark. after Peter was rescued from the prison by an angel, Peter went to this Mary's house, where the saints were praying for Peter. 

Acts 12:12 And when he became aware of this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, who was surnamed Mark, where there was a considerable number assembled together and praying.

6. Mary who labored much for the church. Paul greeted her in his epistle to Romans

Romans 16:6 Greet Mary, one who has labored much for us.

1. as sisters, our position in the church is to bring forth Christ to people. whatever we do, we must bring forth Christ. if we will live with such a view, such a purpose, to bring forth Christ, we minister, serve others with Christ. even when we are cooking for the love feast, we can still serve Christ to the saints, to gospel friends, ministering Christ. we can do so many things in the church life, in our daily living, but the primary thing should be that, do we minister Christ? do we bring forth Christ to people? in order to be able to bring forth Christ, first, we need to have Christ "conceived" within our being. Galations 4:19 says "My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you," if we don't have Christ conceived, formed in us, how can we bring forth, or "give birth" to Christ?

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore also the holy thing which is born will be called the Son of God.

we have to pray that the Spirit will come upon us and that the power of the Most High will overshadow us so that we can bring forth Christ. we need the overshadowing grace in our daily living moment by moment. 

2. acoording to the gospels, the Marys were the ones who loved the Lord and followed Him; they ministered to the Lord out of their possessions; this is the sisters' position. 

first, the sisters need to bring forth Christ; second, the sisters need to love the Lord, follow the Lord, and pour out all our possessions, material things for the Lord. usually, in the family, the wives are the ones who decide how much to give to the Lord. if the sisters take the lead to offer the possession, to minister to the Lord, the husbands will followl, and the saints in the church will also follow. 

3. according to John 19:25(see above verse), some Marys stood by the cross watching and observing the Lord Jesus when He was crucified. this means that we sisters need to take a position that experiences the death of Christ. we need to kiss the cross, dwell by the cross, and let the cross operate within our being. Then life will come after this death. if we refuse to die on the cross, no life will be gained, and we will not be able to minister life, to minister Christ to anyone. 

4. we need to do something that makes the burial of the Lord Jesus so sweet; it must be that whenever we mention the name of the Lord Jesus, people can sense something so sweet. 

5. the sisters must discover something of the resurrection and be first to know the Lord's ascension. 

6. all the sisters in the church have to learn to pray; if we see a problem, do not talk about it and do not gossip about it, but we must pray. it is not easy, for the sisters usually have the "lust" to talk, to gossip. but we need to exercise with the grace of God, to pray more and gossip less. 

in summary, the sisters should bring the Lord to people by the principle of incarnation, love Him, follow Him, minister to Him, experience His death, make Him so sweet and lovely to all the people, see His resurrected life, know the ascension, and then in the church always bear the burden of prayer and labor. 

for more detailed reading, please see "the Six Marys" 

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