Friday, August 16, 2002

For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me, but to do that which is good is not.."
– Romans 7:18 KJV

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No good is in our flesh. Watchmen Nee felt that many workers of the gospel were good at sharing about Christ’s blood covering our sins, past present and future; however they were not very good at sharing the full implication of the cross and denying our flesh. He stated in The Spiritual Man “ We are never asked in the Bible to be crucified for sin, that is true. It does exhort us, however, to take up the cross for denying self. The Lord Jesus instructs us many times to deny ourselves and take up the cross and follow Him. The explanation for this is that the Lord Jesus deals with our sins and with ourselves very differently. To wholly conquer sin the believer needs but a moment; to deny the self he needs and entire lifetime. Only on the cross did Jesus bear our sins, yet throughout His life the Lord denied Himself. The same must be true of us.”

Sunday, August 11, 2002

”In the same way , count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:11

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”I have been coming to the realization that in the past I have tried to overcome sin in my own power. Thinking if I pray enough, fast enough, do this or that I could “beat” sin and the power of the devil. These methods did not work, because I was trying to do it through my own strength. Through doing a Bible study and reading Watchman Nee’s book “Sit, Walk, Stand” I have come to see that I will keep failing until I make Christ my only hope. Watchman Nee stated “Have you ever tried to save a drowning man? The trouble is that his fear prevents him trusting himself to you. When that is so, there are just two ways of going about it. Either you must knock him unconscious and then drag him to the shore, or else you must leave him to struggle and shout until his strength gives way before you go to his rescue. If you try to save him while he has any strength left, he will clutch at you in his terror and drag you under, and both he and you will be lost. God is waiting for your store of strength to be utterly exhausted before He can deliver you. Once you have ceased to struggle, He will do everything. God is waiting for you to despair ”