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Word of the Week: “Genuine” (10 of 84)

The Word of the Week, drawn sequentially from the 72 Precious Words (later expanded to 84 Precious Words) released in a local perfecting conference from 4/29 to 5/10 is below:


GENUINE


From The Conference Handout…

Scriptures: Josh. 24:14; 1 Sam. 12:24; John 4:23-24

Footnotes: John 4:245; 2 John 13

Hymns: 11, 784

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Pray Over These Key Verses…

Josh. 24:14: Now therefore fear Jehovah, and serve Him in sincerity and faithfulness; and put away the gods whom your fathers served across the River and in Egypt, and serve Jehovah.

1 Sam. 12:24: Only, fear Jehovah and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things He has done for you.

John 4:23-24: But an hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truthfulness, for the Father also seeks such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness.

Read Some Helpful Footnotes…

John 4:24, note 5 (truthfulness): According to the context of this chapter and the entire revelation of John’s Gospel, truthfulness here denotes the divine reality becoming man’s genuineness and sincerity (which are the opposite of the hypocrisy of the immoral Samaritan worshipper— vv. 16-18) for the true worship of God. The divine reality is Christ (who is the reality— 14:6) as the reality of all the offerings of the Old Testament for the worship of God (1:29; 3:14) and as the fountain of the living water, the life-giving Spirit (vv. 7-15), partaken of and drunk by His believers to be the reality within them, which eventually becomes their genuineness and sincerity in which they worship God with the worship that He seeks. See note 66 in 1 John 1; Rom. 3:7; and note 82 in Rom. 15.

1 John 1:6, note 6, par. 10 (truth): God, Christ, and the Spirit — the Divine Trinity — are essentially one. Hence, these three, being the basic elements of the substance of the divine reality, are actually one reality. This one divine reality is the substance of the Word of God as the divine revelation. Hence, it becomes the revealed divine reality in the divine Word and makes the divine Word the reality. The divine Word conveys this one divine reality as the contents of the faith, and the contents of the faith are the substance of the gospel revealed in the entire New Testament as its reality, which is just the divine reality of the Divine Trinity. When this divine reality is partaken of and enjoyed by us, it becomes our genuineness, sincerity, honesty, and trustworthiness as an excellent virtue in our behavior that enables us to express God, the God of reality, by whom we live; and we become persons living a life of truth, without any falsehood or hypocrisy, a life that corresponds with the truth revealed through creation and the Scripture.

2 John 1, note 3 (truthfulness): The same as the Greek word for truth. According to John’s usage of this word, especially in his Gospel, here it denotes the revealed divine reality—the Triune God dispensed into man in the Son, Jesus Christ—becoming man’s genuineness and sincerity, that man may live a life that corresponds with the divine light (John 3:19-21) and worship God, as God seeks, according to what He is (John 4:23-24). This is the virtue of God (Rom. 3:7; 15:8) becoming our virtue, by which we love the believers (see note 66, point 7, in 1 John 1). In such genuineness the apostle John, who lived in the divine reality of the Trinity, loved the one to whom he wrote.

Sing These Hymns…

Hymns #784

  1. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    In the spirit seek His face;
    Ask and listen in His presence,
    Waiting in the secret place.
  2. Chorus:
    Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    In the spirit seek His face;
    Ask and listen in His presence,
    Waiting in the secret place.

  3. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    Fully opened from within,
    With thy face unveiled, beholding,
    Single, pure, and genuine.
  4. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    Seeking Him in confidence;
    Learn to touch Him as the Spirit,
    Looking up in reverence.
  5. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    Speaking nothing in pretense;
    Ask according to the spirit,
    Praying by the inner sense.
  6. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    List’ning earnestly to Him;
    Be impressed with His intentions,
    Yielding to Him from within.
  7. Pray to fellowship with Jesus,
    Bathing in His countenance;
    Saturated with His beauty,
    Radiate His excellence.

Hymns #11

  1. Thou, Father, who art Spirit true,
    The holiest of all;
    We worship in the spirit now,
    In truth upon Thee call.
  2. A spirit Thou hast made for us
    That we may worship Thee,
    That echoing in spirit thus
    One spirit we will be.
  3. The Father in the Son has come,
    The Son the Spirit is,
    That to our spirit God may come.
    O what a grace is this!
  4. The Son is Thine eternal Word,
    The Word is Spirit too;
    The Spirit as our life has come
    Our spirit to renew.
  5. Thy Spirit in our spirit is,
    And thus in unity
    Thy Spirit witnesseth with ours
    That we are born of Thee.
  6. In everything Thy Spirit leads
    That we may follow Him;
    We thus may spiritual become,
    With life and peace within.
  7. In spirit we would worship Thee,
    In spirit Thee address,
    Until our spirit is released
    Thine image to express.
  8. Our Father, we would praise Thee now
    That Thou the Spirit art;
    In spirit and in truth to Thee
    True worship we impart.

Continue Steadfastly In The Ministry…

Genuine prayer is the result of a desire that comes from the heart. It is something that flows out from our inner being. Genuine prayer is not made up of flippant and nice words. Only genuine words that flow out from the deepest part of the heart can be considered as genuine prayer. The goal of our prayer should be an answer from God rather than pleasing the brothers and sisters. (Collected Works of Watchman Nee, The (Set 3) Vol. 48: Messages for Building Up New Believers (1), Chapter 14, Section 6).

Since prayer is an expression of the union of God and man, no true prayer can be uttered without God’s initiation. If a prayer is not initiated by God, it is not genuine prayer. All those who truly know the meaning of prayer know that prayer is not merely a matter of God being mingled with man but a matter of God initiating something within man. Hence, when we pray, we must learn to be calm and not follow our thoughts. Instead, we should turn from our mind to our spirit and follow the sense within our spirit. In genuine prayer a person has a certain sense in his spirit even before he prays. This sense in the spirit is initiated by God’s Spirit within our spirit. When the Spirit of God mingles with our spirit, He initiates or suggests something in our spirit, which is not necessarily in the form of intelligible words. Many times it is merely a sense or a feeling in our spirit.
Therefore, when we pray, we must not only turn to our spirit, but we must also wait on God’s initiation. We should be calm and turn to our spirit. At the same time we should not be too quick to utter something. Rather, we should wait for God’s initiation and the sense in our spirit. Please remember that everyone who opens his mouth quickly speaks invariably from himself and from his own initiation. Whenever we pray, we must learn to turn to our spirit. Then we must learn to wait for God’s initiation. We should be calm and touch the sense in our spirit in order to pray according to that sense.
In the genuine prayer that God desires, He enters into us, mingles with us, and prays through us. Every genuine prayer is a dual prayer; outwardly we are praying, but inwardly God is praying. Outwardly we petition, but inwardly He is petitioning. Outwardly we are speaking, but inwardly the Holy Spirit is speaking. Only this kind of dual prayer is genuine (How to Enjoy God and How to Practice the Enjoyment of God, Chapter 3, Section 1)

References

All verses and footnotes are taken from the The Holy Bible Recovery Version.

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