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Watchman Nee Quote: “Good is not always God’s will, but God’s will is always good.”

Good is not always God’s will, but God’s will is always good.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.”

The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Outside Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full.”

Outside Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Separation to God, separation from the world, is the first principle of Christian living.”

Separation to God, separation from the world, is the first principle of Christian living.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “A drowning man cannot be saved until he is utterly exhausted and ceases to make the slightest effort to save himself.”

A drowning man cannot be saved until he is utterly exhausted and ceases to make the slightest effort to save himself.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “With complete consecration comes perfect peace.”

With complete consecration comes perfect peace.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith.”

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward faith.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “We think of the Christian life as a ‘changed life’ but it is not that. What God offers us is an ‘exchanged life,’ a ‘substituted life,’ and Christ is our Substitute within.”

We think of the Christian life as a ‘changed life’ but it is not that. What God offers us is an ‘exchanged life,’ a ‘substituted life,’ and Christ is our Substitute within.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Just as the right relationship with Christ generates a Christian, so the proper relationship with the Holy Spirit breeds a spiritual man.”

Just as the right relationship with Christ generates a Christian, so the proper relationship with the Holy Spirit breeds a spiritual man.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “I must first have the sense of God’s possession of me before I can have the sense of His presence with me.”

I must first have the sense of God’s possession of me before I can have the sense of His presence with me.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves.”

Our rest lies in looking to the Lord, not to ourselves.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come.”

Our prayers lay the track down which God’s power can come.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “The cross grants us position, the Holy Spirit gives us experience.”

The cross grants us position, the Holy Spirit gives us experience.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield.”

A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “God is not seeking a display of my Christ-likeness, but a manifestation of His Christ.”

God is not seeking a display of my Christ-likeness, but a manifestation of His Christ.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “God will answer all our questions in one way and one way only. Namely, by showing us more of his Son.”

God will answer all our questions in one way and one way only. Namely, by showing us more of his Son.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “The Christian faith begins not with a big DO but with a big DONE.”

The Christian faith begins not with a big DO but with a big DONE.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Prayer is the acid test of the inner man’s strength. A strong spirit is capable of praying much and praying with all perseverance until the answer comes. A weak one grows weary and fainthearted in the maintenance of praying.”

Prayer is the acid test of the inner man’s strength. A strong spirit is capable of praying much and praying with all perseverance until the answer comes. A weak one grows weary and fainthearted in the maintenance of praying.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Satan can only attack us from the outside in. He may work through the lust and sensations of the body or through the mind and emotion of the soul, for those two belong to the outward man.”

Satan can only attack us from the outside in. He may work through the lust and sensations of the body or through the mind and emotion of the soul, for those two belong to the outward man.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “I want nothing for myself; I want everything for the Lord.”

I want nothing for myself; I want everything for the Lord.

— Watchman Nee



Watchman Nee Quote: “It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, His Son Jesus Christ, and he is the answer to every need.”

It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, His Son Jesus Christ, and he is the answer to every need.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?”

Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?

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Watchman Nee Quote: “The ‘flesh’ is too bad to be cleansed; it must be crucified.”

The ‘flesh’ is too bad to be cleansed; it must be crucified.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord – including darkness, dryness, flatness – and completely disregard self is he who lives for Him.”

He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord – including darkness, dryness, flatness – and completely disregard self is he who lives for Him.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Lord, I am willing to break MY heart that I might satisfy THY heart.”

Lord, I am willing to break MY heart that I might satisfy THY heart.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Our old history ends with the Cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.”

Our old history ends with the Cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “We may be weak, but looking at our weakness will never make us strong.”

We may be weak, but looking at our weakness will never make us strong.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “We must have a spirit of power towards the enemy, a spirit of love towards men, and a spirit of self-control towards ourselves.”

We must have a spirit of power towards the enemy, a spirit of love towards men, and a spirit of self-control towards ourselves.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Faith in Christ makes one a regenerated believer; obedience to the Holy Spirit makes him a spiritual believer.”

Faith in Christ makes one a regenerated believer; obedience to the Holy Spirit makes him a spiritual believer.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “The Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin.”

The Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “To keep our hand on the plow while wiping away our tears – THAT is Christianity!”

To keep our hand on the plow while wiping away our tears – THAT is Christianity!

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Without this heart attitude it is exceedingly difficult for us to accept the circumcision of the flesh. Every affection, desire, thought, knowledge, intent, worship, and work of the flesh must go to the cross.”

Without this heart attitude it is exceedingly difficult for us to accept the circumcision of the flesh. Every affection, desire, thought, knowledge, intent, worship, and work of the flesh must go to the cross.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “People who are lazy, careless, doubtful-minded or arrogant need not expect God to reveal His secret or covenant to them.”

People who are lazy, careless, doubtful-minded or arrogant need not expect God to reveal His secret or covenant to them.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “God will not give me humility, or patience, or holiness, or love as separate investments of His grace. He has given only one gift to meet our need, His Son Christ Jesus.”

God will not give me humility, or patience, or holiness, or love as separate investments of His grace. He has given only one gift to meet our need, His Son Christ Jesus.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Natural strength is what we receive from the hand of God as Creator. Spiritual strength is what we receive from God in grace.”

Natural strength is what we receive from the hand of God as Creator. Spiritual strength is what we receive from God in grace.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive.”

Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Genuine spiritual knowledge lies not in wonderful and mysterious thoughts but in actual spiritual experience through union of the believer’s life with truth.”

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies not in wonderful and mysterious thoughts but in actual spiritual experience through union of the believer’s life with truth.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Do we not realize that the basic condition for a spiritual walk is to fear our self and its wisdom and to rely absolutely upon the Spirit?”

Do we not realize that the basic condition for a spiritual walk is to fear our self and its wisdom and to rely absolutely upon the Spirit?

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Our prayers lay the track down which Gods power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.”

Our prayers lay the track down which Gods power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “God aims first to renew man’s darkened spirit by imparting life to it, because it is this spirit which God originally designed to receive His life and to commune with Him. God’s intent after that is to work out from the spirit to permeate man’s soul and body.”

God aims first to renew man’s darkened spirit by imparting life to it, because it is this spirit which God originally designed to receive His life and to commune with Him. God’s intent after that is to work out from the spirit to permeate man’s soul and body.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “I do not consecrate myself to be a missionary or a preacher. I consecrate myself to God to do His will where I am, be it in school, office, or kitchen, or wherever He may, in His wisdom, send me.”

I do not consecrate myself to be a missionary or a preacher. I consecrate myself to God to do His will where I am, be it in school, office, or kitchen, or wherever He may, in His wisdom, send me.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit – a very common symptom indeed among God’s children. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life.”

Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit – a very common symptom indeed among God’s children. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “True spiritual life depends not on probing our feelings and thoughts from dawn to dusk but on ‘looking off’ to the Savior!”

True spiritual life depends not on probing our feelings and thoughts from dawn to dusk but on ‘looking off’ to the Savior!

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Whatever the mind sets itself on is what the man walks after.”

Whatever the mind sets itself on is what the man walks after.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Overcoming sin, blessed though it surely is, is but the bare minimum of a believers experience. There is nothing astonishing in it. Not to overcome sin is what ought to astonish us.”

Overcoming sin, blessed though it surely is, is but the bare minimum of a believers experience. There is nothing astonishing in it. Not to overcome sin is what ought to astonish us.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “With fear and trembling we must rely upon God for guidance in the inner depths. This is the sole way to walk according to the spirit.”

With fear and trembling we must rely upon God for guidance in the inner depths. This is the sole way to walk according to the spirit.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Christ is the Son of God. He died to atone for men’s sin, and after three days rose again. This is the most important fact in the universe. I die believing in Christ.”

Christ is the Son of God. He died to atone for men’s sin, and after three days rose again. This is the most important fact in the universe. I die believing in Christ.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Towards himself a Christian should have a broken spirit, but towards God it should be one of rejoicing always in Him. He rejoices not for its own sake nor because of any joyful experience, work, blessing or circumstance, but exclusively because God is his center.”

Towards himself a Christian should have a broken spirit, but towards God it should be one of rejoicing always in Him. He rejoices not for its own sake nor because of any joyful experience, work, blessing or circumstance, but exclusively because God is his center.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.”

Revelation is the first step to holiness, and consecration is the second. A day must come in our lives, as definite as the day of our conversion, when we give up all right to ourselves and submit to the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.

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Watchman Nee Quote: “God has supplied all my needs and has not failed me once.”

God has supplied all my needs and has not failed me once.

— Watchman Nee

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