The Meetings and Spiritual Exercise of the Local Church
Additional Quotes about the Local Church by Watchman Nee and Witness Lee
8. Calling on the Lord
We call on the Lord to be saved. Regarding this truth, Witness Lee has written:
Why do we need to call on the name of the Lord? Men need to call on the name of the Lord in order to be saved (Rom. 10:13) .Psalm 116 tells us that we may partake of the Lords salvation by calling on Him: I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord (v. 13). In this one Psalm, calling on the Lord is mentioned four times (vv. 2, 4, 13, 17). As we have seen earlier, the way to draw water from the springs of salvation is to call upon the name of the Lord (Isa. 12:2-4) .Call upon His name! Cry out and give a ringing shout (Isa. 12:4, 6). Try shouting before Him. If you have never shouted about what the Lord is to you, try it. The more you shout, O Lord Jesus, You are so good to me! the more you will be released from your self and filled with the Lord. Thousands of saints have been released and enriched through calling on the name of the Lord.
(Witness Lee, Calling, 5-6)
From the Scriptures, Witness Lee states that believers are rescued from distress and participate in the Lords mercy by calling on the Lord:
Another reason for calling on the Lord is to be rescued from distress (Psa. 18:6; 118:5), from trouble (Psa. 50:15; 86:7; 81:7), and from sorrow and pain (Psa. 116:3-4). People who have argued against calling on the Lord have found themselves calling on Him when they were subject to a certain trouble or illness. When our lives are free from trouble, we may argue against calling on the Lord. However, when trouble comes, no one will need to tell us to call on Him; we will call spontaneously.
Also, the way for us to participate in the Lords plenteous mercy is to call upon Him. The more we call upon Him, the more we enjoy His mercy (Psa. 86:5). Another reason for calling on the Lord is to receive the Spirit (Acts 2:17a, 21). The best and easiest way to be filled with the Holy Spirit is to call on the name of the Lord Jesus. The Spirit has already been poured out. We simply need to receive Him by calling on the Lord.
(Witness Lee, Calling, 7)
Witness Lee explains the way to enjoy the riches of the Lord by calling upon the Lord:
Romans 10:12 says that the Lord of all is rich to all who call upon Him. The way to enjoy the riches of the Lord is to call upon Him. The Lord is not only rich, but also near and available, because He is the life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45b). As the Spirit, He is omnipresent. We may call on His name at any time and in any place. When we call on Him, He comes to us as the Spirit, and we enjoy His riches.
(Witness Lee, Calling, 8)
When we call on the Lord, we enjoy the Lords presence, a matter which Witness Lee understood very well:
First Corinthians is a book on the enjoyment of Christ. In chapter twelve, Paul tells us how to enjoy Him. The way to enjoy the Lord is to call on His name (12:3; 1:2). Whenever we call Lord Jesus, He comes as the Spirit, and we drink of Him (12:13), the life-giving Spirit. If I call a persons name, and if he is real, living, and present, that person will come to me. The Lord Jesus is real, living, and present! He is always available. Whenever we call on Him, He comes. Do you want to enjoy the Lords presence with all His riches? The best way to experience His presence with all His riches is to call on His name. Call on Him while you are driving on the freeway or while you are at work. Anywhere and anytime you may call. The Lord is near and rich to you.
(Witness Lee, Calling, 8-9)
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