Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him

Series 2

Episode 3

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, our topic for Treasures for the Soul today is “Our Spirit can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him.” Having peace in our hearts and listening to God’s words are closely related. Psalm 45 says, “Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear,” We need to focus. Our spirit has sense. Ephesians 2 says that, before believing in God, we were dead in our trespasses and sins; but then, we were made alive again. What this means is that our spirit was made alive again from the day we believed in God. Our spirit has come to its senses and we can feel God. We are also united in one spirit with God. This is a union of love and relationship; our lives are bound up with His. Our spirit can feel God and that’s why we can enjoy the sweetness of drawing near to Him. The most important is that we need to have firsthand enjoyment of God.

Message

Let us read Psalm 45. The most loving King has a dream of love, in which you are the main character. He also has a dream of love towards the church. Let us read verses 10 and 11. Prior to these 2 verses, the psalmist describes this loving King is fairer than the sons of men. Grace is poured upon His lips. The daughter mentioned here represents you, me, and the church. It says, “Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear, forget your people and your father’s house, and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him.” These Bible verses tell us that obeying His voice and having peace in our hearts are closely related. This Song of Love particularly tells us the ways by which our spirits can become more beautiful and to progress from glory to glory. What does it say? It urges us to listen, to consider and to incline our ears. We need to be very focused, to forget about our people and our father’s house; meaning, we do not allow other relations, matters or affairs to divide our attention from Him.

This is also related to peace. A peaceful heart is a heart that is able to listen clearly. 1 Kings 19 speaks about Elijah’s experience. He had a great victory on Mount Carmel; but later, he encountered failure. He even fled and asked God to take away his life. Sometimes when our spirit is on high, we can still fall. We’ve all experienced it before. For instance, we feel very close to God when drawing near to Him, but right after, we start watching TV. Our spirit may backslide right away. Of course, we can still rise up again, but we shouldn’t allow ourselves to fall so easily. At the moment when Elijah asked God to take away his life, he felt discouraged. God spoke to him. In the beginning, there were loud and ferocious sounds, but then Elijah heard a low whisper. God spoke to him with a gentle voice.

The way God communicates is different from the way of men. Our physical eyes cannot see Him. Actually, what our physical eyes can see is limited. What can your physical eyes see now? You cannot see the organs inside your body. You cannot see your brain and many other parts of your body as well. Some things you can see, but those you cannot see are still very real. Who among us can see our DNA? What we can see is truly limited. You cannot see love either, even though there’s so much of it. Why do you like to sing love songs? It’s so precious that God created us in His image. We have a spirit, and our spirit has sense.

Before we believed in God, we were separated from God. Ephesians 2 tells us that before we believed in the Lord, we were dead in our trespasses and sins. Death means being separated from God. We were once dead in our trespasses and sins but now we live again. Those who have not believed in God are still separated from God. Their spirit has not been made alive, so they cannot feel or sense God. They cannot have fellowship with Him. They follow the prince of the power of the air, obeying Satan. They fall into temptations and indulge in the lusts of their flesh.

However, the moment we believed in God, we live again. Our spirit is alive again, so we can have fellowship with God. We have fellowship with the Father and with the Son. Before we believed in God, how could we pray to God with our heart joining to His? Not at all. Once we’ve believed in God, our spirit can touch His Spirit. Now He dwells in our heart. The Infinite God is now united with us in our spirit. Our spirit is the contact point with God. Today we live before the Infinite One, His whole self. He lives in glory. The Lord is God and He is everywhere, but He also lives in my heart. He’s not just with us, but He’s united with us. It is like the parable of the vine and the branches, but the union between the Lord and us is even deeper.

Being united with the Lord in one spirit has two meanings. Being one means that two become one flesh. Two become one flesh is the love union between two people. We are one spirit with the Lord means that we have a deep love relationship with Him. Being united in one spirit points to the fact that the Lord and we have the deepest relationship of love in our spirits. We belong to each other and we are united in one spirit.

Another meaning is that our lives are bound up with the Lord’s life. I am united with the Lord in one spirit. Our spirit can sense Him, because we have been made alive again. Our spirit is not dead anymore. We can feel God and sense Him. After we believe in God, our spirit becomes more sensitive. We can even detect the presence of the evil spirits. In the past, when I was in Shatin, Hong Kong, I labeled some communities as “demon possessed areas”. You could sense those places were filled with evil spirits. We can feel God and through this experience, you know that you are saved – you are a new person. Once you have believed in the Lord, your spirit is born again, and God lives in you. In the past, the old self was completely separated from God. Now you are a new person and you are united with God forever. When you know that you are able to feel God, you are beginning to experience what it means to be alive.

It’s wonderful and amazing that our whole body has sense. Do you know that lepers were not able to sense anything? Can you imagine how terrible it is? It’s very amazing that even animals have sense! That’s why when you come closer to them, they get alarmed and run away. Their senses help them to protect themselves. It is not just one part of the body that has sense, but the whole body has it! No matter which part of the body is being touched, you can feel it. It’s amazing! You even can feel how warm the weather is.

However, this knowledge may not affect our spirit much. The most precious is to have fellowship with God in our spirits. Fellowship with God is much deeper than all the forms of companionship in this world. He knows everything about us and inside us. Our spirit has sense, and that’s why we can have enjoyment. If we didn’t have the sense of taste, eating would be unappetizing and become mechanical. It would be like filling up our cars with gas. That would be dreadful! It’s very precious that our spirit has sense. We can feel Him and experience His love. We can apprehend His teachings in all aspects of our lives. We can experience Him opening our spiritual eyes and showing us His will in our lives. He knows all our needs. He can comfort and encourage us, and much more. His work is different from men’s, and He works in the depth of our hearts.

God’s words are truly powerful. Only when we are at peace can we hear His words. If we draw near to God with an unsettled heart, we won’t enjoy as much. We might read some Bible passages, but we don’t have much gain. Even sometimes we may have some gain, but it may not touch deeply in our hearts. We won’t have much enjoyment at all.

On the night before the Lord was crucified, He mentioned that He wanted us to be sanctified. To be sanctified is to give our whole heart to the Lord and to Abba. Abba requests, “My son, give Me your heart.” (Prov. 23:26) The Lord asks, “Do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15) Peter had followed the Lord for a few years already, but what did the Lord ask him at the end? He asked, “Do you love Me?” And on earth, what do we need to do? We need to love brothers and sisters; we need to feed and tend the sheep.

Our spirit can receive His message and understand what He means. Sometimes He may give us an impression and we can understand what He means. It’s so precious that He opens our spiritual eyes! Sometimes we don’t even realize that He has opened them. When we were young believers, we might have felt that we suddenly became smarter, and we didn’t know He had opened our inner eyes. There are countless instances of this. Every time when we read the Bible, He opens our eyes; sometimes we may experience His greater work and sometimes may not. What makes the difference is how much time and space we give to Him. That’s why we need to find a better place and make time for Him. It takes time to experience God!

Series 2

Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

Our spirits are extremely important. God desires to do great work to bless the world, but first He must work in our hearts. Elijah, David, John the Baptist, Paul, and even the Lord Jesus, all had their experiences of being alone with God to draw near to Him. I hope that this year we can abide in the Lord always, be heart to heart with Him, touched by Him without hindrance, and take enjoyment in Him. Our spirits do have senses; we truly can feel God, have fellowship with Him, experience Him,and receive His love and words to us. We must listen to God’s words with a peaceful heart, otherwise they will not enter deeply into our hearts. The Bible mentions many times about the importance of having peace: peace is much related to gaining strength, being close to the Lord, being sanctified, etc. A peaceful heart is needed for God to do His work in us. Our spirits need God’s words. We need to give the Holy Spirit time and space to work in our hearts. We desire not only to know the truth and gain knowledge, but that the Lord will open our spiritual eyes, and let the truth shine in our hearts, to affect our hearts to experience the Lord Himself until we are sanctified. Our spirits are the most precious in the entire universe.
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God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts

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To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year

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Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him

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The Importance of Peace

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Our Spirits Need the Words of God

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Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

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Introduction

01 Introduction of Treasures for the Soul

Series 1: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord

1.1 The Most Blessed Generation
1.2 Message from John the Baptist
1.3 Abide in the Lord Always
1.4 Abide in the Lord’s Love at All Times
1.5 The Lord Speaks to Us and Helps Us in Our Hearts

Series 2: Being Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout this Year

2.1 God’s Greatest Work Starts in Our Hearts
2.2 To Be Heart to Heart with the Lord Throughout the Year
2.3 Our Spirits can Feel God and Have Fellowship with Him
2.4 The Importance of Peace
2.5 Our Spirits Need the Words of God
2.6 Give the Lord Time and Space to Speak in Our Hearts

Series 3: Let Our Hearts be Influenced

3.1 The World Needs People Who Deeply Experience God
3.2 Just as His Anointing 
Has Taught You, 
Abide in the Lord
3.3 Be Influenced 
by the Lord Throughout 
this Year

Series 4: The Importance of Peace

4.1 Enjoying God’s Peace in Your heart
4.2 Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled, Neither Let Them be Afraid.
4.3 How Should Our Spirit Respond to the Lord?

Series 5: Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

5.1 Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him
5.2 How to Worship God with Our Spirit
5.3 Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes
5.4 Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself
5.5 The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”
5.6 Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

Series 6: Live out the Life of being Heart to Heart with the Lord

6.1 Living a life of union with the Lord in a stable pattern every day
6.2 Enjoying the Lord and not being disturbed
6.3 The Importance of Seeing Him with Our Spiritual Eyes

Series 7

7.1 Learn to Protect Our Spirits From Virus Prevention
7.2 Our Spirit Can Hear, Think, and See
7.3 How to Live a Life of Faith
7.4 The Importance of the Mind
7.5 David’s Eyes Beheld the Lord Always

Series 8: During the last supper, the Lord spoke about the essence of the blessings of the new covenant.

8.1 The Lord established with us the eternal love covenant by His blood
8.2 The Lord Treasures the New Covenant and Break-Bread Meeting the Most
8.3 Love Encounters
8.4 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the fourth blessing
8.5 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (1)
8.6 Before His Crucifixion, the Lord clearly explained the essence of the blessings of the new covenant: the first blessing (2)

Series 16: We Have Come to Mount Zion and the Heavenly Jerusalem

16.1 See that the Lord is at the right hand of the Father
16.2 Coming to Mount Zion (1): the meaning of Mount Sinai
16.3 Coming to Mount Zion (2): the difficulty in forgiveness of sins
16.4 Coming to Mount Zion (3): to Live in Grace
16.5 Having Come to the Heavenly Jerusalem
16.6 What is in the heavenly Jerusalem (1)?

Series 9: Being Heart to Heart with the Father

9.1 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 1)
9.2 Being Heart to Heart with Abba (Part 2)

Series 10

10.1 The Love Desire in the Depths of Abba and the Lord’s hearts
10.2 Fruit of the Lord’s Crucifixion: Eternal Life
10.3 The Lord Came to Manifest the Father’s Name
10.4 The Father Sent His Only Begotten Son
10.5 Reminders on enjoying heart to heart with the Father
10.6 The Father’s Desire for Me is Forever Steadfast

Series 11

11.1 The preciousness of the Letter to Philemon
11.2 The most profitable; the most accepted.
11.3 Charge That to My Account
11.4 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (1)
11.5 The Father made the Lord our eternal High Priest by an oath (2)
11.6 We are the Lord’s darling love

Series 12

12.1 The Lord’s Words at the Last Supper
12.2 Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing.
12.3 What is true faith?
12.4 Look upon the Lord in glory
11.5 Trust and Peace (1)
12.6 Trust and Peace (2)

Series 13: The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility

13.3 The Lord’s Gentleness and Humility (Part 2)

Series 14: Manifold evidence

14.1 How does the infinite Lord see us?
14.2 We are the ultimate and final love of the Lord
14.3 The Lord is forever a Man; He once died for us
14.4 The Lord’s manifold love evidence (Part 1)
14.5 The Lord’s manifold love evidence Part 2

Series 15: Understand How Our Spirit Works And Be Heart To Heart With The Lord Continuously

15.1 We Can Only Enjoy God By Faith
15.2 His Words Abide In Us
15.3 Live With The Lord
15.4 Seek The Things That Are Above
15.5 Understand How Our Spirit Works: Will, Mind And Feelings
15.6 Guard And Uplift Our Mind

Series 17: Know that the Church is the Firstborn

17.1 Know that the church is the firstborn
17.2 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 1)
17.3 The Blessing of the Firstborn (Part 2)
17.4 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 1)
17.5 The Lord redeemed us to be the firstborn (Part 2)

Series 18: The Blessings to be the First Born

18.1 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 1)
18.2 Israel is God’s Firstborn Son (Part 2)
18.3 To be united with the Lord and become the Firstborn
18.4 The Lord is the Firstborn
18.5 The Blessing of the Firstborn: Kingship
18.6 The Blessing of the Firstborn: a Double Portion of the Blessings

Series 19: Coming to Mount Zion to Appear Before God

19.1 The Lord is the way, and the truth, and the life
19.2 Live in Grace. Enjoy the Father and the Lord
19.3 Mind the things that are above (1)
19.4 Mind the things that are above (2)
19.5 Appear before God in Mount Zion

Series 20: The final destination of our spirit and eternity is the heavenly Jerusalem

20.1 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (1)
20.2 The Lord Desires Most for Us to Draw Near to Him (2)
20.3 The Lord Becomes the Way so that We can Come Before God with Confidence
20.4 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (1)
20.5 The Heavenly Jerusalem, Destination of Our Spirits and Eternity (2)

Series 21: Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest
21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn
21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

Series 22: When Believers Die, They Will Go to the Heavenly Jerusalem

22.1 The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (1)
The Heavenly Jerusalem is paradise (2)
The Spirits of the Righteous Made Perfect

Series 23: New Jerusalem is a real city

God has prepared a heavenly home for us
Is the heavenly new Jerusalem a real city?
New Jerusalem is a real city (1)