“Watchman Nee: A man sen…

“Watchman Nee: A man sent from God”

Who would have thought that a man, who lived so many decades ago and in so far away a place from where I currently live, would leave such a legacy? A legacy wherein-which Saints the world over, have been brought revelation after revelation due to the out-working of the Holy Spirit in this one man’s life.

I never thought that I would be one of those Saints, I didn’t see it coming at all. I thank God for the gifts and revelations He gave to Watchman Nee and the good works and purposes He had predestined for Watchman Nee to walk in before the formation of the world. Sometimes there is no one to teach us, it seems and we plead with the Lord, asking that He would send an Apostle Paul our way, someone who can be teach and shepherd us as we journey home.

For me, Watchman Nee is one example of a person God has sent my way, a man who spent the last 20 years of his life in confinement due to his stand for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, a man who died proclaiming the very Good news, to those who cursed him and desired nothing but his death, a man, who saw and knew the heart of God and desired that we, the Saints would see and know His heart too.

I really appreciate men and women like Watchman Nee, Saints, who knew their God and knew into Whose hands they had entrusted their lives. I’m reminded of how the Amplified bible, amplifies the phrase faith in Jesus Christ, saying that it is “the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness.” Isn’t that beautiful? That is what each and every single person who comes to taste, see and know the Lord Jesus will experience, that is what Saints of old experienced for: He is the same, yesterday, today and forever, He was dead but now He is alive forevermore, enthroned and exalted at the right hand of the Father!

Watchman Nee, 1903-1972

“Christ is the Son of God Who died for the redemption of sinners and was resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I die because of my belief in Christ. Watchman Nee.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchman_nee

The normal Christian church life

“The leading of the Spirit is precious but if there is no example in the Word, then it is easy to substitute our fallible thoughts and unfounded feelings for the Spirit’s leading drifting into error without realising it…God cannot lead a man one way in Acts and another way today” – The Normal Christian Church Life, Watchman Nee

cliques

I hate cliques. I hate the way they ostracise and make others feel inferior. I think everyone has found themselves on the outside looking in at one point in their lives and for some, it’s something you live with, your whole life.

Cliques in “church” are on another level. A place you expect to fit in, you find that you’re the puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit in and all signs say that you are the problem because everyone else is friends with everyone else. Funny how even social media plays a part in highlighting cliques in church, I find that the same people comment on each others statuses and so on and so forth.

This used to bother me and it still does, but not as much as it did because I’ve realised that people don’t do it on purpose, none of us is perfect and we all struggle with personal weaknesses and even if the ostracising is deliberate, I was birthed in Christ, my identity is in Him and He has placed me in the body.

I love that what I see in the body where cliques are concerned is not the be all and end all, there is better, there is a place we belong, a place where a community of believers are present and we never have to question the real meaning of family.

democracy in the church?

I’ve just recently realised that I have no say whatsoever when it comes to what happens externally when I arrive at “church” on a Sunday morning. What I mean is that, I have no power where certain decisions are concerned, for example, have you ever thought about the songs we sing during praise and worship? Usually we just show up and hope that the worship leader has chosen songs we’ll like or consider to be anointed and if not, well, uh, we’ll need to lead ourselves into the throne room.

Can you picture a Sunday morning when the “worship leader” actually steps aside and allows someone else to lead a song? Extemporaneously but at the same time, in line with the Holy Spirit and His desires for that specific moment. What a precious picture…programs and so on are good in their own right, but what is the Spirit saying aside from our practiced way in which we of do church every Sunday?

Surrendered heart

Are things harder here than they should be and is there a reason for it?

Is this where God wants me: is it time to search His heart for that answer?

What am I really doing here?

Another year here and what do I have to show for it; and if showing is the order of the day, then what do I have to show for my time spent here?

As all the above, all of those questions arise, I feel a peace inside. My trust is in the Lord. He will lead  me to the right pastures.

Is this what a surrendered heart feels like? It feels very peaceful and I like it.

"Create in me a pure heart"