Our Spirits Need the Words of God

Series 2

Episode 5

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, this is Treasures for the Soul. Today’s topic is “Our Spirits Need the Words of God”. In Psalm 28, David writes, “If You [God] be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.” We really need God to speak to us. We live “by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matt 4:4) Not only do we need the words in the Bible, we also need the work of the Holy Spirit. Many parts of the Bible talk about the preciousness of God’s words. But our spirits need to be present. That is, we need to pay attention to the words that the Holy Spirit speaks in our hearts through the truth.

Message

The Lord’s words are very important and very influential. David had received much enlightenment from God. In fact, apart from Moses, David was the one whom the Lord had enlightened the most in the Old Testament. What David received was different from that of Moses. David’s eyes were opened concerning God’s glory and beauty, God’s heart and affection, how to have fellowship with God, etc. David was also enlightened about singing to God, as he wrote many psalms. David had a great influence on the Israelites, leading the nation to a new stage. The psalms alone had a great impact, even till this day. We need such a person with such a peaceful heart, who has time for God.

In Psalm 28, David says, “If You [God] be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.” If God doesn’t speak to us, we would be like dead people. Our spirits would lack color and life. We have the Bible, but when we read it, what matters is how much and how deeply God speaks to us. It’s like He especially opens our eyes.

In John Chapters 14 and 16, the Lord talked a lot about the Holy Spirit. He especially said that the Holy Spirit was the Spirit of truth. He said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13). Therefore, if we want to understand and enter into the truth, we can’t just read about the truth. Instead, we need the help of the Holy Spirit. When we read the Bible, we can’t just read it like any other book. It is important to have fellowship with the Lord. We need the Lord to open our eyes and the Holy Spirit to guide us into all the truth. That’s why when we read the Bible, our spirits can feel better. The Lord speaks deeply in our hearts, opening our eyes and nourishing our spirits. It’s very different from non-believers reading the Bible. Even if you were to get the highest score in a Bible school , it doesn’t mean you really understand the Bible.
God is real and He does work in us. After having fellowship with Him, we will be changed. Though our eyes cannot see Him, He will reveal Himself in our hearts in many ways. We are able to experience Him and receive His words. And we can know and understand Him, more than any other friendship. He has opened His heart. He made known the Father’s name and He will “continue to make it known.” (John 17:26) Right now, He’s making the Father’s heart known to us in our hearts. He’s still opening His heart to us.

In Matthew 4:4, it is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” We really need God’s word, and we need to take it as it was directly spoken to us, not just written words in the Bible.

Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” On the day when the Holy Spirit came, 3000 people believed in the Lord. They were cut to the heart. (Acts 2:37) That’s when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes. I also experienced God’s word piercing my heart. And many times, He opened my spiritual eyes. It’s very personal. People may disregard me, but it’s so precious that God desires to have fellowship with me and to open His heart to me. His words, teachings, and reminders to me are uncountable. He is so real.

Psalm 45 tells us to incline our ears to hear His soft voice. Our hearts need to be at peace in all situations. When I am actively doing things, my heart is still at peace. When I rejoice, my heart is still undisturbed. If your heart is disturbed , then it’s not really rejoicing. Only when your heart is at peace can you experience true rejoicing. It’s not a psychological effect. But it starts with a peaceful heart that can see the Lord’s preciousness. From this point we can rejoice with a thankful heart.

In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, it mentions many times: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” These two chapters are actually very important, but Christians today do not understand the Lord and cannot quite hear the Holy Spirit. If they had heard, they would have already returned to God’s will. They should understand the situation of church history and know how to go forward. These two chapters are about our spirits, and how to be restored if we have fallen. These two chapters recount what the Spirit says to the churches. You can see from here that the Holy Spirit indeed speaks to brothers and sisters in the church. We have ears, but we need to listen. We are born again. I can describe it this way: we have spiritual ears. Our spirits can see and hear. The Lord will open our spiritual eyes.

Mary, Jesus’ mother, kept God’s word in her heart. (Luke 2) The psalmist in Psalm 119 really loved God. He said, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Ps. 119:11) When we keep God’s word, we will not sin against Him. Simply put, we should at least keep His word in our hearts. When we talk to others, we should also be attentive, not absent-minded. When you talk to certain people, , they are so inattentive and they just respond absent-mindedly. They don’t put their hearts into listening and understanding you. When you draw near to God, if you keep talking or singing, but your heart is not there, it’s not helpful. Your heart is important. The Lord says it Himself that we must worship God in spirit and truth. (John 4:23)

Truth is very important. John the Baptist was in the wilderness. When the Lord’s word came to him, he came out to preach. God spoke to him and he experienced the work of the Holy Spirit. People gathered and had meetings in the wilderness, wasn’t it great? What a scene of revival! So, truth is very important.

In Luke 10, Mary sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. This is what led to Mary offering her perfume. The Lord’s word will sanctify us. His word sanctified Mary, who broke the flask and offered her heart to the Lord.

God’s word is very influential to us. We believed in the Lord because of the word of God, which shines before us. For some people, when they first heard the gospel, they did not believe. Maybe you were one of them. But at one point, they felt something different working in their hearts. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” It doesn’t mean that faith comes from the word of God only, but that we also need the work of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all the truth.

Romans 15:4 reads, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” This is what God’s word can do. The Israelites and the Pharisees knew the Bible very well, but why couldn’t they experience any changes? The same goes for some Jews today. You should see that it’s not just about God’s word. When we listen to the message, we need the work of the Holy Spirit. When we read the Bible, we need the work of the Holy Spirit. When we read spiritual books, we need the work of the Holy Spirit.

When it comes to singing and worship, each hymn consists of so many of God’s words. In the case of certain hymns, God’s word is expressed in a very condensed form. When we use particular words, like , “covenant,” this carries all the meaning and content associated with that specific term. Similarly, being “united with the Lord” is more than just a phrase. Here’s another example: “He walked up to the cross for me.” The more you know, the more you can understand the content. There are so many precious truths in the hymns that help us to recall God’s word and truth. So, it’s impossible for your spirit not to get any benefit from the hymns. If you have many truths stored up in you, they can touch your heart at all times.

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)