Meeting God’s Need and Present Needs in the Lord’s Recovery
October 2021 International Training for Elders and Responsible Ones
Cooperating with God
Although God did not cook the food, He had given the food already. He had given them the food by sending the sunshine, the air, and the rain year round. Yet they needed to cooperate with God’s sending. All the things were sent, but they needed to cooperate with God to have the produce. Then the produce became the tithes, and the tithes were brought to answer God’s invitation. Everyone was invited to God’s home. Everybody came home to feed the Father and to satisfy Him. What a happy time this was!
All this must be Christ. When we come together, we should come with Christ in this way...How much Christ you bring to the meeting depends upon how much Christ you produce, how much Christ you have grown. You have to labor on Christ as the land so that you can produce Christ. Actually, it is not that you produce Christ but that Christ produces Christ Himself through your labor. (CWWL, 1982, vol. 1, “Experiencing Christ as the Offerings for the Church Meetings,” ch. 4, p. 510)
Through His Spirit into the Inner Man
You are receiving the divine transmission of this fourfold power, the resurrection power, transcending power, subduing power, and overruling [heading up] power. In chapter 1 this power was toward us, but in chapter 3 the strengthening is with this power into our spirit, into our inner man. This power for the strengthening is not only within us but also in the heavens being transmitted into us.
The issue of this strengthening is “that Christ may make His home in your hearts” (v. 17). Not only is Christ in our spirit, but also, as a person, He must inhabit our whole inward being, our heart...Christ will take over our entire inward being. When we are strengthened into our inner man, into our spirit, it will be easy for Christ as the indwelling Spirit to saturate every inward part of our being,...to take over our mind, our emotion, and our will. Then Christ can settle down in our being, making His home in our hearts. (CWWL, 1970, vol. 2, “The Two Greatest Prayers of the Apostle Paul,” ch. 3, pp. 413-414)