currently, one of the books I’m reading is “Secrets to Spiritual Power” from the writings of Watchman Nee. (the other books I’m currently reading are Living Water by Brother Yun and a biography of Georg Mueller (in German). All three have been helpful and encouraging to my Christian walk, but the one from Watchman Nee has been specifically so. After reading biographies of what this man suffered for the gospel, his passion and depth of God’s character is both challenging and encouraging.
Here are some quotes from “Secrets to Spiritual Power.”
In order to experience the life of Christ in a practical way, a day must come, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all rights to ourselves and submit to the absolute lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of our lives.
Living in the Spirit means that I trust the Holy Spirit to do in me what I cannot do myself. It is not a case of trying, but of trusting; not a case of struggling, but of resting.
Prayer is not an expression of our wishes for God to yield to our petitions and fill up our selfish desires. Prayer is the union of the believer’s thoughts with the will of God. It is simply the believer’s speaking out through his mouth the will of God.
This is the lesson of the journey in the wilderness: That we may know ourselves (Deut 8:2). God allows us to be defeated to bring us to the place where we realize that we are corrupt, undependable and beyond repair.
God puts us in very difficult situations for two reasons. One is to prove to us the reality of the power of Christ who indwells us. The other is to cause us to declare to others, with abundant satisfaction, that the indwelling Christ is real.
How foolish for some people to say they do not need to pray since God knows all their needs! The purpose of prayer is not to notify God, but to express our trust and faith in Him, and our expecation and heart’s desire of Him.
What is faith? Faith is when you are brought to the place whereby you can claim from God that something has already been done even though it appears it has not.