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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 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 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

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

BACK TO THE CROSS!
(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 cloc … 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

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

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

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

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 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. 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

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

REGENERATION
Concerning unregenerated man, first, his spirit became far from God and dead. The meaning of death is a separation from life. God is the ultimate name for life. Since God is life, to be dead is to be separated from God. When man’s spirit became separated … read more

REGENERATION
Concerning unregenerated man, first, his spirit became far from God and dead. The meaning of death is a separation from life. God is the ultimate name for life. Since God is life, to be dead is to be separated from God. When man’s spirit became separated … read more

Robbing the Usurper
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Since in the eternal purpose of God it is man (and not some other being) who is to have dominion, it is natural and right that our compassion should be drawn out to those sinners. Notwithstanding anythin … read more

Salvation
CALVARY’S JUDGMENT Death entered the world through the fall of man. Reference here is to spiritual death which separates man from God. Through sin it came in the beginning and so has it ever come since then. Death always comes through sin. Note what … read more

SANCTIFICATION
Sanctification is not a work of our own. Sanctification is accomplished for us by God. The Bible says, “That He might sanctify the people through His own blood” (Heb. 13:12). “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified … read more

SATAN AND THE SAINTS
As the opponent persecuted the widow, so the devil now persecutes the believers. We do not know how much we have suffered under him. Of course, Satan does not appear personally when he persecutes us; rather, he does all his works through men or things; he … read more

SATAN AS A ROARING LION.
Satan also goes about in various disguises. Peter writes, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as A ROARING LION, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist, stedfast in the faith” (1 Peter, v. 8, 9). Are you quite sure … read more

SATAN AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
Then you will find in 2 Cor. xi, 14, that the prince of the air also goes about as an ANGEL OF LIGHT. As a lion he seeks to DEVOUR, as an angel of light he seeks to deceive. Satan is a deceiver. If he can appear clothed in light—the very nature of God—the … read more

Shrinking from doing God’s will.
When you find yourself defeated, you may ask what is the meaning of the interference of the enemy? Why cannot the stream of the power of God go on? You think it is this and that, and deal with it, but there is no change. Then, after asking God for light, … read more

Spirit and Soul
IT IS IMPERATIVE that a believer know he has a spirit, since, as we shall soon learn, every communication of God with man occurs there. If the believer does not discern his own spirit he invariably is ignorant of how to commune with God in the spirit. He … read more

Spirit Force vs. Psychic Force
We will continue with this important topic of the latent power of the soul. We have seen what psychic force can do and have heard how to distinguish between things of God and things not of God. At the end of this age there are many wonders, miracles and s … read more

Spirit, Soul and Body
THE ORDINARY concept of the constitution of human beings is dualistic-soul and body. According to this concept soul is the invisible inner spiritual part, while body is the visible outer corporal part. Though there is some truth to this, it is nevertheles … read more

Spiritual Believers and the Soul
THE DIVIDING OF SPIRIT AND SOUL OUR LENGTHY DISCUSSION as to the difference between spirit and soul and their respective operations has been to lead us to this present point. For a believer who strives after God the element to be apprehensive about is … read more

The Believer’s Ultimate Attitude Toward The Flesh
GOD’S VIEW OF THE FLESH WE CHRISTIANS NEED to be reminded once again of God’s judgment upon the flesh. “The flesh,” says the Lord Jesus, “is of no avail” (John 6.63). Whether it be the sin of the flesh or the righteousness of the flesh, it is futile. T … read more

The Better Covenant
The New Covenant is full of God’s grace. In order to enjoy such grace each one who belongs to the Lord must know what this New Covenant is. How sad that many of the Lord’s people today neither appreciate nor understand this New Covenant. For this reason … read more

THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
WHAT is the normal Christian life? We do well at the outset to ponder this question. The Object of these studies is to show that it is something very different from the life of the average Christian. Indeed a consideration of the written Word of God–of t … read more

The Body of Christ: A Reality
“And gave him [Christ] to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all” (Eph 1:22,23). As Christ the head is a reality, so the church as the body of Christ is a reality. To many, however, the body … read more

The Character of God’s Workman
In the word of God, the worker is more important than the work. If God cannot find the right person, He would rather delay His work. Much time and effort will He spend in the training of a workman fit for the Master’s use. Basically, the training is more … read more

THE CHARACTERISTIC OF A BELIEVER HAVING HIS SPIRIT AND SOUL MIXED TOGETHER
Who are the believers who have their spirit and soul mixed together? The soulish men whom we spoke of previously are those who are fully soulish. However, there are believers who are more advanced than these. They have been released from the power of sin. … read more

THE CHARACTERISTIC OF A BELIEVER HAVING HIS SPIRIT AND SOUL MIXED TOGETHER
Who are the believers who have their spirit and soul mixed together? The soulish men whom we spoke of previously are those who are fully soulish. However, there are believers who are more advanced than these. They have been released from the power of sin. … read more

THE CHIEF PURPOSE OF PRAYER
(The following is an article by S.D. Gordon. It originally appeared in The Overcomer, published by The “Overcomer” Office Leicester, England, August 1910.) “Be earnest and unwearied in prayer, being on the alert in it, and in your giving of thanks.. … read more

The Christian and Psychic Force
We have already seen how Adam was endued with unusual and astonishing abilities when he was created God. These seemingly miraculous powers fell together with Adam. People who are ignorant tend to think that at his fall Adam lost all of his wonderful power … read more

The Christian Life and Warfare
The contents of this book were published in June 1927. The original Chinese title was, literally translated, The Details of Spiritual Cultivation. The present English title was provided by the author himself on the title page of that book. The original bo … read more

THE COMBINATION OF THE SOUL AND THE FLESH
Before we go on, we must first understand the relationship between the soul and the flesh. In the Bible, the flesh, as far as the lust of our flesh is concerned, is our sinful nature. The soul is our life. When we speak of our new life and new nature, it … read more

THE COMBINATION OF THE SOUL AND THE FLESH
Before we go on, we must first understand the relationship between the soul and the flesh. In the Bible, the flesh, as far as the lust of our flesh is concerned, is our sinful nature. The soul is our life. When we speak of our new life and new nature, it … read more

THE COMMITTED LIFE
THROUGH the period from Adam to Abraham God spoke to men. We are not told, however, that He appeared to them. His first appearance was to Abraham in Mesopotamia (Acts 7. 2). God was there laying claim to a man. This was a fresh move on His part; and here … read more

THE CONDITION FOR GOD’S PROTECTION
Full deliverance depends upon the recognition of the possibility of these things. But, you may say, “If I trust God to keep me, how can the adversary thus attack my body, or mind?” We need to understand that all God’s promises are conditional. If we tr … read more

The consent of the will.
It is important to remember that both GOD AND SATAN REQUIRE THE CONSENT OF THE WILL. The will of the unsaved, even though it be enslaved by Satan is capable of choice. “Whosoever will may come and take of the water of life freely.” So man must put his w … read more

THE COVENANT OF GRACE
One striking feature marks the thirteen years that followed Ishmael’s birth. Throughout them all God did not speak to Abraham. His record is empty. What we have done on our own, God leaves us to get on with; He does not speak. But when Abraham was `dead’- … read more

THE CROSS
In Matthew 10:38 through 39 the Lord Jesus says, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his soul-life shall lose it, and he who loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.” These verses call us to lo … read more

The Cross and the Holy Spirit
MANY, IF NOT MOST, believers were not filled with the Holy Spirit at the moment they believed the Lord. What is even worse, after many years of believing they continue to be entangled by sin and remain carnal Christians. In these pages which follow, what … read more

The Cross and the New Covenant!
In Matthew 10:38 through 39 the Lord Jesus says, “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his soul-life shall lose it, and he who loses his soul-life for My sake shall find it.” These verses call us to lo … read more

The Cross and the Soul
THE CALL OF THE CROSS ON AT LEAST FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS and recorded in the four Gospels the Lord Jesus called His disciples to deny their soul life, deliver it to death, and then to follow Him. The Lord fully recognizes that this is the sine qua non … read more

THE CROSS DESTROYING THE SERPENT
(The following is an article by Jessie Penn-Lewis. It originally appeared in The Overcomer, No. 41, published by The “Overcomer” Office, Leicester, England, May 1918.) “That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death; that is, th … read more

THE CROSS OF CHRIST
We have seen that Romans 1 to 8 falls into two sections, in the first of which we are shown that the Blood deals with what we have done, while in the second we shall see that the Cross* deals with what we are. We need the Blood for forgiveness; we need al … read more

The Cross of Christ and Cleansing.
There is a great danger of the soul who knows death union with Christ failing to see the value of cleansing. Cleansing has to do with our walk with God. Sin is not only a ruling principle but it is a defilement. We must first be clear upon our ba … read more

THE CRY FOR VINDICATION
After the widow suffered, she came to the judge for vindication. We should learn from this. We should not come before earthly judges for anything. We should cry out to our Judge who is our Father God. The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly (2 Cor. 10: … read more

The Dangers of Soulish Life
THE MANIFESTATIONS OF SOUL LIFE THE MANIFESTATIONS OF SOUL life can be separated generally into four divisions: natural strength; self -conceit, hard and unyielding towards God; self-styled wisdom with many opinions and plans; and emotional sensation s … read more

THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE SPIRIT, THE SOUL, AND THE BODY
Most people today consider man as being divided into two parts: the soul and the body. They think that the soul is the invisible part, the psychological part within man, and that the body is the visible part, the outward form of man. Of course, it is true … read more

THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE SPIRIT, THE SOUL, AND THE BODY
Most people today consider man as being divided into two parts: the soul and the body. They think that the soul is the invisible part, the psychological part within man, and that the body is the visible part, the outward form of man. Of course, it is true … read more

THE DIVIDE OF THE CROSS
The kingdom of this world is not the kingdom of God. God had in His heart a world-system- a universe of His creatingwhich should be headed up in Christ His Son (Col. 1. 16, 17). But Satan, working through man’s flesh, has set up instead a rival system kno … read more

THE DIVIDING OF THE SPIRIT FROM THE SOUL
Here the teaching of Hebrews 4:12 becomes crucial. It is there that the Holy Spirit teaches us to experientially divide the soul from the spirit. The dividing of the soul and the spirit is not merely a doctrine; it is an experience which all believers can … read more

THE DIVIDING OF THE SPIRIT FROM THE SOUL
Here the teaching of Hebrews 4:12 becomes crucial. It is there that the Holy Spirit teaches us to experientially divide the soul from the spirit. The dividing of the soul and the spirit is not merely a doctrine; it is an experience which all believers can … read more

THE DIVINE WOUNDING
Issac’s life was peaceful, with no strivings. Jacob’s way was Issac’s long struggle throughout. For Isaac everything went easily; Jacob found even the simplest things presenting difficulties. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all three; so we ca … read more

The Duration of Such Prayer
How long should this kind of prayer last? We know that for some prayers we need only pray once. But there can never be too much of the prayer that opposes Satan. The purpose of the Lord’s parable in Luke 18 is to teach men “to pray and not lose heart” … read more

The Effect of Such Prayer
What is the effect of this kind of prayer? The effect occurs in two instances. First, there is the present effect. Every time we accuse the enemy, he is limited by God from harming us. Although he will come to us again later, while we are accusing him, he … read more

THE END TIME
After the Lord finished this parable, He concluded with this word: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (v. 8). It seems as if the Lord was saying that at the time when He is about to come, this kind of prayer will … read more

THE ETERNAL PURPOSE
We have spoken of the need of revelation, of faith and of consecration, if we are to live the normal Christian life. But unless we see the end God has in view we shall never clearly understand why these steps are necessary to lead us to that end. Before t … read more

The Experience of Soulish Believers
THE LIFE OF SOULISH BELIEVERS THE SOUL VARIES inevitably from person to person. It cannot be stereotyped. Each of us has his particular individuality–a uniqueness which will extend on into eternity. It is not destroyed at our regeneration. Otherwise, … read more

The Experience of Soulish Believers
THE LIFE OF SOULISH BELIEVERS THE SOUL VARIES inevitably from person to person. It cannot be stereotyped. Each of us has his particular individuality–a uniqueness which will extend on into eternity. It is not destroyed at our regeneration. Otherwise, … read more

THE EXPOSING OF THE ENEMY’S WILES
This is the reason why believers need light on the devices of the enemy. If the Lord Jesus is a reality to you, surely you can bear some light on the foe who is always seeking to trap your feet. How are you going to resist the foe if you do not know when … read more

THE FACE OF GOD
There is one very striking peculiarity about the history of Jacob, namely, that God never preached to him, He only gave him promises. Jacob was a man who stuck at nothing to accomplish his ends. What should we do with such a man? Surely at least we sho … read more

The Fall of Man
THE: MAN GOD fashioned was notably different from all other created beings. Man possessed a spirit similar to that of the angels and at the same time had a soul resembling that of the lower animals. When God created rnan He gave him a perfect … read more

THE FLESH
The word flesh is used in many different ways in the Bible. Here we will mention only its two most important uses. First, it is used in reference to man’s flesh. Second, it is used in reference to the lust of man’s flesh. When it refers to the flesh, it … read more

THE FLESH
The word flesh is used in many different ways in the Bible. Here we will mention only its two most important uses. First, it is used in reference to man’s flesh. Second, it is used in reference to the lust of man’s flesh. When it refers to the flesh, it … read more

The Flesh and Salvation
THE WORD “FLESH” is basar in Hebrew and sarx in Greek. Seen often in the Bible, it is used in various ways. Its most significant usage, observed and made most clear in Pauls writings, has reference to the unregenerated person. Speak ing of his … read more

The Fleshly or Carnal Believer
ALL BELIEVERS could, like Paul, be filled with the Holy Spirit at the moment of belief and baptism (cf. Acts 9.17-18). Unfortunately many still are controlled by the flesh as though not dead and raised up again. These have not truly believed in the accomp … read more

THE FOUNDATION OF THE VICTORIOUS LIFE
The sixth of Romans is not an aspect of the truth, but the FOUNDATION TRUTH upon which every believer must stand, to know anything about victory. It not only reveals the very heart of Calvary, but the very heart of the resurrection. Calvary means the deat … read more

THE FREEDOM OF THE CROSS
(Watchman Nee attributed this chapter to an article by Rev. Gordon Watt. However, Watchman Nee’s article is quite different from the original article entitled “Liberty Through the Cross” by Rev. Gordon Watt. We have therefore chosen to translate his ch … read more

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SPIRIT, THE SOUL, AND THE BODY
Man is composed of two independent kinds of material: spirit and body. When the spirit entered the body of dust, the soul was produced. It is impossible for the spirit to control the body directly. Hence, it requires a medium. This medium is the soul, whi … read more

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SPIRIT, THE SOUL, AND THE BODY
Man is composed of two independent kinds of material: spirit and body. When the spirit entered the body of dust, the soul was produced. It is impossible for the spirit to control the body directly. Hence, it requires a medium. This medium is the soul, whi … read more

THE GIFTS, OR THE GIVER?
ABRAHAM had learned that God is Father. This it was that made possible his prayer for Abimelech’s household. He knew that neither their troubles nor Sarah’s hindered God in the least. He knew that ultimately fruitfulness depended neither on them nor on hi … read more

THE GOAL OF THE GOSPEL
For our final chapter we will take as our starting-point an incident in the Gospels that occurs under the very shadow of the Cross-an incident that, in its details, is at once historic and prophetic. ” And while he was in Bethany in the house of Simon … read more

THE HEIR AND THE PROOF OF TIME
BY the time we reach chapter 15 of Genesis a new idea has come into the forefront of the narrative. The land is still in view, with all that that signifies of God’s claim to have a kingdom on the earth, but from now onwards attention centres on the son, e … read more

THE HOLY SPIRIT
We have spoken of the eternal purpose of God as the motive and explanation of all His dealings with us. Now, before we return to our study of the phases of Christian experience as set forth in Romans, we must digress yet again in order to consider somethi … read more

The Judge
This judge was the unique ruler in a certain city. He ruled over the entire city. This speaks of God’s power and authority. Although the world is ruled temporarily by Satan, yet this position is a rebellious usurpation. When the Lord Jesus was crucified … read more

The Latent Power of the Soul
And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more; merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stone, and pearls . . . and cattle, and sheep, and merchandise of horses and chariots and slaves (Gr.bodies … read more

THE LIMITATIONS OF THE TEMPTER
A. If a Temptation Falls outside of God’s Promise, It Cannot Do Anything to the Believers “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only…” (Job 1:12). “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked to have…” (Luke 22:31 … read more

THE MAN IN THE LAND
Fellowship is something we should highly prize because God prizes it highly. If there is life in me, and not merely pretence, and if the same is true of my fellow believers, then however simple they may be, when I meet them I should encounter life in them … read more

THE MEANING AND VALUE OF ROMANS SEVEN
We must return now to our study of Romans. We broke off at the end of chapter 6 in order to consider two related subjects, namely, God’s eternal purpose, which is the motive and goal of our walk with Him, and the Holy Spirit, who supplies the power and re … read more

THE MIGHT OF DEATH
The devil is the one who has the might of death (Heb. 2:14). He murders God’s children and runs rampant everywhere. Many of God’s children die because of weakness. All those who are faithful to Christ are objects of the devil’s attack. How should we de … read more

The Mind Behind the System
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted from the earth, will draw all men unto myself” (John 12:31, 32). Our Lord Jesus utters these words at a key point in his ministry. He has entered J … read more

THE NEW LIFE INDWELLING
It is only through knowing God first as the God of Isaac that we can move on to know Him as the God of Jacob. Unless we know our inheritance as something already secured and settled in Christ and given to us by God, we have no foundation for going on. To … read more

The only way into union with Christ.
“Do we leave the Cross to go on to union with the risen Christ?” is the question that many of God’s people are asking; and when one tells them of the need of a continual application of the death of Christ to the life, they say, “But I am in the risen … read more

The Opponent
The widow had an opponent. We Christians also have our opponent. This opponent is Satan. The meaning of the word Satan is adversary. An adversary is an opponent. First Peter 5:8 says, “Your adversary, the devil.” The devil is our adversary. We must clea … read more

THE PARABLE IN LUKE 18
In the parable in Luke 18, our Lord Jesus points out these three aspects of prayer and their relationship to prayer. In this parable there are three parties: (1) the judge, (2) the widow, and (3) the opponent. The judge represents God, though in a negativ … read more

THE PATH OF PROGRESS: BEARING THE CROSS
In our previous chapter we have touched several times upon the matter of service for the Lord. As we come now to look at the provision that God has made to meet the problem created by the soul-life of man, it will be helpful if we approach that problem by … read more

THE PATH OF PROGRESS: KNOWING
Our old history ends with the Cross ; our new history begins with the resurrection. ” If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold they are become new ” (2 Cor. 5. 17). The Cross terminates the first creation, and … read more

THE PATH OF PROGRESS: PRESENTING OURSELVES TO GOD 7 THE ETERNAL PURPOSE
Our study has now brought us to the point where we are able to consider the true nature of consecration. We have before us the second half of Romans 6 from verse 12 to the end. In Romans 6.12,13 we read: ” Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, … read more

THE PATH OF PROGRESS: RECKONING
We now come to a matter on which there has been some confusion of thought among the Lord’s children. It concerns what follows this knowledge. Note again first of all the wording of Romans 6. 6: —Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him “. T … read more

THE PATH OF PROGRESS: WALKING IN THE SPIRIT
Coming to Romans 8 we may first summarize the argument of our second section of the letter from chapter 5. 12 to chapter 8. 39 in two phrases, each containing a contrast and each marking an aspect of Christian experience. They are: Romans 5.12 to 6.23: In … read more

THE PEACEABLE FRUIT
It is now time to glance over the latter part of Jacob’s history and see the evidences of the fruitfulness in him of all this inward discipline by the Spirit of God. Already when Jacob met Esau he was different. We find him uncertain, hesitant, not quite … read more

The Place of our Reconciliation with God.
Sin brings separation. This is a Divine law which we need to know, not only theoretically but experimentally, and the Cross is the only place where we learn that lesson thoroughly. Listen to the words of Christ as He hangs on Calvary’s tree, — “My … read more

The Place of Victory over Satan.
When Jesus Christ went to the Cross, He not only atoned for our sins but He defeated our spiritual enemy Satan. This was a most important part of Christ’s work at Calvary, for not only is man in bondage to sin within but to Satan without. To lose sight … read more

The Powers of the Age to Come
What does the writer to the Hebrews mean when he says of Christians that they have “tasted … the powers of the age to come” (Heb. 6:5)? We would all readily agree that there is a splendid future age to which we look forward. In it the kingdom that is no … read more

THE PRACTICAL STEPS
We have spoken of the working of the High Priest as a result of our accepting the cross. Now we want to consider how, in practice, we can have our soul divided from our spirit by the Lord Jesus. 1. Knowing the Necessity of Having the Soul Divided from … read more

THE PRACTICAL WAY OF VICTORY.
Now as to the practical outworkings of this position. First of all there must be simplicity of faith in Christ and purity of thought toward Him. Paul said, “I fear lest as the serpent beguiled Eve, your MIND should be corrupted from the simplicity of fai … read more

THE PRAYER THAT OPPOSES SATAN
The Bible gives us much help with respect to the prayer that accuses Satan. Now we want to briefly consider a few passages in the Scriptures that show us the prayer that opposes Satan. We recall that in Genesis 3 the devil worked for the first time. La … read more

The Principle of Praying Thrice
“And He left them again, and went away, and prayed a third time, saying again the same words.” – Matt 26:44 “Concerning this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.” – 2 Cor 12:8 There is one particular secret about prayer th … read more

THE SOUL-LIFE
The soul is man’s self-consciousness. We are conscious of our own existence. This consciousness is the soul. The soul is the organ of our personality. All of our personality is part of the soul. All of the elements that constitute us as human beings, our … read more

THE SOUL-LIFE
The soul is man’s self-consciousness. We are conscious of our own existence. This consciousness is the soul. The soul is the organ of our personality. All of our personality is part of the soul. All of the elements that constitute us as human beings, our … read more

THE STARTING-POINT OF RECOVERY
We begin with Abraham because the divine plan of redemption begins with Abraham. When we open our New Testament the first words we read are these: `The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.’ Immediately the genealog … read more

THE STATUS OF AN HEIR
The distinctive feature of true Christianity is that it compels people to receive. The letter to the Galatians draws a close parallel between ourselves and Isaac, and shows that we are people who receive just as he did. We are heirs (3. 29; 4. 7). We part … read more

THE THREE ASPECTS OF PRAYER
There are three aspects to our prayer: (1) concerning ourselves, (2) concerning God to whom we pray, and (3) concerning our enemy Satan. Every genuine prayer must be related to these three aspects. When we pray concerning ourselves, we are, of course, doi … read more

THE THREE STAGES OF THE BELIEVERS’ LIFE
When a man believes in Jesus Christ as the Savior who has died for him, he is regenerated. Regeneration is the initial step in the spiritual life. Those who are regenerated have received eternal salvation. After a believer has received the regenerated lif … read more

The Trend Away from God
Having every one of us been in bondage to sin, we readily believe that sinful things are Satanic; but do we believe equally that the things of the world are Satanic? Many of us, I think, are still in two minds about this. Yet how clearly Scripture affirms … read more

THE UNREGENERATED MAN AND THE FLESH
Man was born of the flesh. This means that he was born of the will of man. Hence, man is flesh (John 3:6). To say that man is flesh means that man is filled inwardly with the lusts and the things of the flesh. All day long, his thoughts are filled with ev … read more
THE UNREGENERATED MAN AND THE FLESH
Man was born of the flesh. This means that he was born of the will of man. Hence, man is flesh (John 3:6). To say that man is flesh means that man is filled inwardly with the lusts and the things of the flesh. All day long, his thoughts are filled with ev … read more

THE VICTORY OF CALVARY.
“Fear hath torment.” The finished work of Calvary ends the fear of death (Hebrews 2. 14, 5), and fear of the prince of death. On the Cross Christ took away your sins, so that you might have the blotting out of them through His blood, when all the wic … read more

THE WAY TO BE VICTORIOUS ALL THE TIME
Now finally, as to the keeping of the position in the spirit where these things can become true, and where you will have your spirit perpetually in victory. As you walk in victory resisting the devil in his attacks on soul and body, you will find the “wr … read more

THE WEALTH OF THE CHILD OF GOD
THE sacrifice of Isaac is the believer’s deepest lesson. It puts to us very straightly the question, Is our hope and expectation still in God, or is it in God and the Isaac we are holding on to? Or, worse still, is our hope in our Isaac only? After all, o … read more

The Widow
This widow was helpless. The word widow shows her isolated situation. The husband on whom she depended for her living was gone, and she had become a widow. This is a good representation of a Christian on earth. Our Lord Jesus has ascended to the heavens. … read more

THE WORD OF GOD
What we must do is lie on the altar. It is our High Priest’s job to apply the sharp knife to us to divide our soul from our spirit. If we have truly committed ourselves to the cross, our High Priest will surely fulfill His ministry and divide our soul fr … read more

THE WORD OF GOD
What we must do is lie on the altar. It is our High Priest’s job to apply the sharp knife to us to divide our soul from our spirit. If we have truly committed ourselves to the cross, our High Priest will surely fulfill His ministry and divide our soul fr … read more

THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL
The Son of God was manifested for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). We should be careful not to take the concept of leaving everything up to fate or leaving the condition of the world and the church today to fate. We should no … read more

THE. CROSS AND THE SOUL LIFE
God has made full provision for our redemption in the Cross of Christ, but He has not stopped there. In that Cross He has also made secure beyond possibility of failure that eternal plan which Paul speaks of as having been from all the ages ” hid in God w … read more

THOSE WHO OVERCOME THE TEMPTER
II. THE TEMPTER AND THOSE WHO OVERCOME THE TEMPTER A. The Overcomers Other than our Lord Jesus Christ, no one is an overcomer. “The Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). “It [the seed of the woman … read more

THREE SIGNIFICANT MEN
WHEN in the Old Testament God sets out to secure a people wholly delivered from bondage and separated to Himself in a unique way, and when in order to do so He appears first to Moses at the burning bush, it is remarkable that He identifies Himself by a th … read more

TRANSLATED OUT OF THE POWER OF DARKNESS
(The following is an excerpt from an article by Jessie Penn-Lewis, “Translated Out of the Power of Darkness.” It appeared in The Overcomer, Vol. 3, published by The “Overcomer” Office, Leicester, England, September 1911. It was later revised and repri … read more

VICTORY OVER THE WORLD
Concerning victory over the world, the same thing applies. First, there is the accomplished work of Christ, which is God’s fact. Jesus says, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Second, there is our faith, for “the victory which has overcome the … read more

WALKING IN THE WILL OF GOD
(The following is an article by Jessie Penn-Lewis, “Walking in the Will of God.” It originally appeared in The Overcomer, Vol. 6, published by The “Overcomer” Office, Leicester, England, June 1914.) It is most important for the Lord’s children to … read more

WHAT IS PRAYER
Prayer is the most wonderful action in the spiritual realm; it is also the most mysterious matter. Prayer is a mystery. After we present a few questions concerning prayer, we will see how mysterious prayer is. These questions are hard to answer. But … read more

“STRONGER THAN HE.”
The “Stronger than he”—the Lord Christ—is then, by His Spirit, the Overcomer Who is greater in us than he that is in the world (1 John iv. 4). It is necessary to emphasize here that the Stronger than the strong man can only manifest His power through … read more

“WHO HATH NOT LIFTED UP HIS SOUL TO VANITY.”
The soul is the seat of self-love—pride—the “I” in us that wants to be seen and known and heard; also, the religious pride that says in effect “I thank God that I am not as other men are.” This religious pride creeps into the most spiritual souls and … read more

“YES” TO GOD, AND “NO” TO THE DEVIL.
In relation to all these four aspects of the adversary’s workings, there is one strong central position which the believer must hold toward them all. We have it tersely described in James iv, 7. “SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO GOD, RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FL … read more

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