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Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee (1903 - 1972)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Watchman Nee in text and pdf format. Was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the first half of the 20th century. In 1922, he initiated church meetings in Fuzhou that may be considered the beginning of the local churches. During his 30 years of ministry, Nee published many books expounding the Bible, including The Normal Christian Life and The Normal Christian Church Life. He established churches throughout China and held many conferences to train Bible students and church workers.

Following the Communist Revolution, Nee was persecuted for his faith. He spent the last 20 years of his life in prison. Nee was honored by Christianity Today magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential Christians of the Twentieth Century.

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A flexible spirit to know God's will.
      You must have a flexible spirit. That is one of the first principles of revival. A meeting that cannot become elastic and subject to the movements of God, becomes a dead block in the way of the Spirit. The human spirit must be so sensitive to the Holy Spi ... read more

A FULLY SOULISH MAN
      The Bible has many things to say about a soulish man. What it says often coincides with the human experience. First Corinthians 2:14 says, "But a soulish man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he is not ... read more

A SOULISH CHRISTIAN
      Why is he a soulish Christian? We have seen how the cross works and how the believers' flesh, the sinful nature, has been crucified on it. However, the life of the soul still remains. Although all sins come from the flesh, and the soul is merely directed ... read more

A World Under Water
      "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned" (Mark 16:15, 16). To many of us the form of that second sentence comes as a surprise. ... read more

AFTER REGENERATION
      "For that which the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of the flesh of sin and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh" (Rom. 8:3). "The Word became flesh" (John 1:14), and God "was man ... read more

Aids to "Revelations"
      As we are quickly approaching the close of this age with the blessed hope in view of the dawning of a new age - even the millennium, it is no surprise that the hearts of God's children are increasingly drawn to the last book of the Bible, Revelation. Whe ... read more

AN OPEN LETTER
      AN OPEN LETTER Issue No. 1 The time of the Lord's return is at hand. For this reason we are reevaluating many matters in the light of the judgment seat. Are there not many publications today? Why add another one, The Present Testimony? If it were not o ... read more

Back to the Cross
      We today are at the terminal period of the dispensation of grace. The hand of the clock is pointing at the midnight hour. Now is the darkest of the night. Soon, following the gloomiest hour, the day shall dawn. Meanwhile, the Church rushes swiftly toward ... read more

CALL AND RESPONSE
      THE divine activities in this age can be shown to have two great aspects, the direct work of God according to His eternal purpose, and His remedial work of redemption. In the revelation of Scripture these two interlock. We may distinguish between them, bu ... read more

Christ Is All Spiritual Matters and Things
      When believers touch Christ, they touch the reality of all spiritual matters and things, and when believers gain Him, they gain everything that God has prepared for those who love Him. In Christ Is All Spiritual Matters and Things Watchman Nee enlightens ... read more

Christian Sickness
      “Out of the spoil won in battles did they dedicate to repair the house of Jehovah.” 1 Chronicles 26:27 There are Christians whose experiences and whose history with God contribute immensely to the enrichment of his people. Many sicknesses of his ch ... read more

Christ's meat the will of God.
      In John iv. 34, we find described the positive aspect—that is how He did the Father's will. "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." Here is the active choice to do. There was the choice not to seek His own will, and the ... read more

CO-LABORING WITH GOD
      God has a will. Yet He wants man to pray according to His will. When man does this, He will immediately accomplish the work that His will has ordained. If there is no prayer from His children expressing their oneness with Him in His work, no matter what H ... read more

Crucified Life
      You believe in the death of the Lord Jesus and you believe in the death of the thieves with Him. Now what about your own death? Your crucifixion is more intimate than theirs. They were crucified at the same time as the Lord but on different crosses, where ... read more

Crucified Unto Me
      Separation to God, separation from the world, is the first principle of Christian living. John, in his revelation of Jesus Christ, was shown two irreconcilable extremes, two worlds that morally were poles apart. He was first carried away in the Spirit int ... read more

CRUSHING SATAN
      If we obey God's will, He will crush Satan under our feet (Rom. 16:20). The Holy Spirit will guide us to greater fellowship with God and make the victory of Golgotha real to us. The Lord has given us the authority to tread over the power of the enemy (Lu ... read more

Dark forces have been liberated
      (The following is an excerpt from Spiritual Equipment for the Last Days, a book by Charles Usher. It was originally published by Marshall Brothers, LTD., London, England, July 1920.) We are in the last hours of this dispensation. The hand of the clock ... read more

DEFINITIONS
      Fact Facts are God's promises, His redemption, His works, and His free gifts. Faith Faith denotes the way man believes in God, trusts in His work and redemption, and claims His promises. It is a kind of working and attitude through which God's ... read more

Deliverance from Sin and the Soul Life
      THE WAY OF DELIVERANCE ROMANS 6 LAYS THE FOUNDATION for the Christian's deliverance from sin. Such deliverance God provides for every believer; all may enter in. Moreover, let us be unmistakably clear that this liberation from the power of sin may be e ... read more

DELIVERANCE FROM THE FLESH
      The unique way to be delivered from the flesh is the cross. An unregenerated person is regenerated through believing in the substitutional death of the Lord Jesus on the cross; he need no longer be according to the flesh or mind the things of the flesh. H ... read more

Detachment
      We have seen the Church as a thorn in Satan's side, causing him acute discomfort and reducing his freedom of movement. Though in the world, the Church not only refuses to aid in the world's construction but persists in pronouncing judgment upon it. But if ... read more

Distinctiveness
      May I now invite your attention to words Jesus dressed to the Jews in John 8:23. "Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I not of this world." I wish us to note especially here the use of the words "from" and "of.'.' e Greek word in e ... read more

DYING WITH THE LORD
      Let us now explain the matter of fact, faith, and experience in relation to our dying with the Lord. It is just as important for believers to know the matter of dying with the Lord as it is for sinners to know the matter of redemption. Fact: When Chris ... read more

FACT, FAITH, AND EXPERIENCE
      In the present age of grace, everything is "by grace" (Eph. 2:8). Everything being by grace means that everything is done by God. Man does not have to do anything to be saved because "to the one who works, his wages are not accounted according to grace ... read more

FOUR PLANES OF THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
      (The following is an excerpt from Life Out of Death, a book by Jessie Penn-Lewis. It was originally published by The Overcomer Literature Trust, Parkston, Poole, Dorset, England.) There are four planes—broadly speaking—in the spiritual life of the beli ... read more

GOD'S WILL
      Romans 8:37 says that we can "more than conquer." This means a victory among victories, the highest form of victory. To conquer means to be on top. We have to ask if the experiences of temptations, circumstances, emotions, frustrations, and depressions ... read more

God's will in suffering.
      GOD'S WILL IN SUFFERING. In Luke xxii. 42, we read: "Not My will, but Thine be done." These words, spoken in Gethsemane, indicate that Christ put His will on God's side, in the awful anguish He was going through. The pressure was so strong that His sw ... read more

Head Covering
      Now I praise you that ye remember me l things, and hold fast the traditions, as I delivered them to you. But I d have you know, that the head of man is Christ; and the head of the an is the man; and the head of Christ ng or prophesying, having his head he ... read more

HIS OWN MEDICINE
      When we begin to look at Jacob the man, we discover how strikingly his history is like our own. Before God has begun to deal with us we are inclined to take a rather superior attitude to Jacob, and judge him as self-willed and irresponsible. But when we b ... read more

HOW TO BIND THE STRONG MAN
      (The following is a booklet by Jessie Penn-Lewis. It was published by The "Overcomer" Office, Leicester, England.) (Matt. xii. 29.) "And He was casting out a demon which was dumb. And it came to pass, when the demon was gone out, the dumb man spa ... read more

HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN BEING SPIRITUAL AND BEING SOULISH
      The answer to this question is very long. Here, we can only mention something in brief. We have seen that from the time of our regeneration there are two lives within us. One is the soulish life, and the other is the life of the spirit. With these two liv ... read more

HOW TO OVERCOME THE TEMPTER
      IV. HOW TO OVERCOME THE TEMPTER "He who overcomes will inherit these things" (Rev. 21:7). A. Knowing That It Is Not We Who Are Fighting against the Devil, but God The devil is in the supernatural realm, while we are in the natural realm. Furth ... read more

HOW TO SEEK AFTER GOD'S WILL
      The one question that troubles Christians the most is how to seek after God's will. We know that all works which are done apart from God are vanity and futile labor; they do not count before God. We are not here to do a great work, but to do God's work. ... read more

HOW TO WALK BY THE SPIRIT
      (The following is an article by Jessie Penn-Lewis, "Spiritual Things to the Spiritual." It originally appeared in The Overcomer, Vol. 3, published by The "Overcomer" Office, Leicester, England, September 1911. The editor of The Overcomer was Jessie Pe ... read more

I am doing a great work
      "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, while I leave it?" Nehemiah 6:3 When the nation of Israel had so sinned that God must give them into captivity, he was already making his own plans to restore them to thei ... read more

I. THE ORIGIN OF THE TEMPTER
      I. THE ORIGIN OF THE TEMPTER AND HIS KINGDOM The tempter is a creature. He was beautiful and full of wisdom, complete and powerful. However, through aspiring to be equal with God, he sinned and fell. "But you, you said in your heart: I..." (Isa. 14: ... read more

IDENTIFYING THE ENEMY
      Hence, the most important thing to do now is to clearly identify our enemy. We have to know definitely who our enemy is, who it is that causes us to suffer. Many times, we think that we have been taken advantage of by men. But the Bible tells us that "ou ... read more

Lights in the World
      Without fear of challenge Jesus could say: "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). His claim does not surprise us in the least. What is surprising, however, is that he should then say to his disciples, and so by implication to us: "Ye are the light of ... read more

LIVING BY FAITH
      "But the righteous shall have life and live by faith" (Rom. 1:17). This is the normal rule for the believers' living. We are prone to live by the excitement of the visible joys and the obvious blessings. But the Word of God says that "the righteous sh ... read more

MAN'S SPIRIT, SOUL, AND BODY AFTER THE FALL
      The spirit was once the highest part of man's whole being; both the soul and the body were under it. Under normal circumstances, the spirit is like the matriarch, the soul is like the steward, and the body is like the servant. When the matriarch needs so ... read more

METHODS OF WARFARE.
      "First bind...then spoil..." Briefly: "BINDING" THE ENEMY SIMPLY MEANS STOPPING HIM FROM ACTING, THEN DESTROYING HIS WORKS. Prayer must, therefore, be (1) destructive, (2) constructive. Wield (1) the AUTHORITY of the NAME (Mark xvi. 17); (2) ... read more

Ministry to the Lord
      Let us note at the outset that there is little apparent difference between ministry to the House of the Lord and ministry to the Lord Himself. Many of you are doing your utmost to help your brethren, and you are labouring to save sinners and administer th ... read more

MORE THAN CONQUERORS
      (The following is a booklet by Jessie Penn-Lewis, More Than Conquerors. The material in the addendum, "The Foundation of the Victorious Life," was excerpted from a book by Jessie Penn-Lewis, The Cross: The Touchstone of Faith, pp. 18-19. Both were origi ... read more

Mutual Refreshing
      In John's Gospel there is recorded an event which only he has preserved for us. It is an event full of divine meaning and one which greatly helps to illumine for us this problem of living in the world. I refer to the incident in Chapter 13 in which our Lo ... read more

My Laws in Their Hearts
      In earlier chapters we have been building up a picture of this world, not just as a location, nor as a race of people, nor indeed as anything ^merely material, but rather as a spiritual system at the head of which is God's enemy. "The world" is Satan's ma ... read more

ONE BODY IN CHRIST
      Before we pass on to our last important subject we will review some of the ground we have covered and summarize the steps taken. We have sought to make things simple, and to explain clearly some of the experiences which Christians commonly pass through. B ... read more

PRAYER A DIVINE NECESSITY
      (The following is an excerpt from an article by Evan Roberts. It originally appeared in The Overcomer, Vol. 4, published by The "Overcomer" Office, Leicester, England, February 1912. The paragraphs below reflect the order in Watchman Nee's publication. ... read more

PRECIOUS STONES
      The lessons taught to us from the life of Jacob concern the Holy Spirit's discipline of the Christian. It is this that makes room in our lives for Christ to reveal Himself. This discipline is concerned not with our old man and his sinfulness but with our ... read more

PRINCIPLES OF WARFARE.
      The whole armour on. (Ephes. vi. 10-18.) Knowing how to watch. (Matt. xxvi. 41.) Knowing how to DEFEND, as well as how to ATTACK: to (1) stand, (2) withstand, and (3) resist. Fight (or pray) from principle—in cold blood, and irrespective of an ap ... read more

REDEMPTION
      Redemption is a very great doctrine. It is something that we should understand. The redemption of our Lord Jesus is for the whole world. We have the following verses to prove this point: The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) ... read more

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