Opening Your Eyes To Seeing The Work He Is Already Doing In You!

‘We do not become qualified for God’s work simply by learning some doctrines. The basic problem is our very person. Our person is the means by which we carry on our work. It is a matter of whether or not our person has passed through God’s dealings. If the right doctrines are committed to a wrong person, what can be ministered to the church? The basic lesson for us is to make ourselves usable vessels. In order to make ourselves usable vessels, our outer man must be broken.

God has been working in us all these years. Although we are not very clear about this work ourselves, nevertheless, God has been carrying on the breaking day by day. We have gone through sufferings and difficulties for years. Time after time God’s hand has halted us. We want to go one way, but God does not let us do it. We want to go another way, but God stops us again. If we do not see God’s operation through the working together of all these environments, we have to pray, “God! Open my eyes so that I may see Your hand.” The eyes of the donkey are often sharper than the eyes of a self-proclaimed prophet. The donkey has seen Jehovah’s messenger already, but the self-proclaimed prophet has not seen it yet. The donkey realizes God’s halting hand, but the self-proclaimed prophet is still ignorant of it. We have to realize that breaking is God’s way with us. For years God has been trying to break our outer man. He has been trying to crush us so that we will not remain intact. Unfortunately, many people think that what they lack is doctrines. They wish they can hear more doctrines, pick up more ideas for preaching, and understand more expositions of the Bible. But this is absolutely the wrong way. God’s hand is doing only one thing in us—breaking us. We cannot have our way; we have to take God’s way.

We cannot have our thoughts; we have to take God’s thoughts. We cannot have our decisions; we have to take God’s decisions. God has to break us down completely. The trouble with us is that while God stops us time after time, we blame this and that for the blockage. We are like the prophet who did not see God’s hand; instead, we blame our “donkey” for halting.

Everything that comes our way is meaningful and under God’s sovereign arrangement. Nothing accidental happens to a Christian. Nothing is outside God’s ordering. We have to humble ourselves under God’s sovereign arrangements. May the Lord open our eyes to see that God is arranging everything around us; He has a purpose in us. Through everything He is crushing us. When God grants us the grace one day, we will gladly accept all the arrangements He places in our environment. Our spirit will be released, and we will be able to use our spirit.’ – Watchman Nee

‘The Breaking of the Outer Man & the Release of the Spirit’ – Watchman Nee Pg 18

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7 thoughts on “Opening Your Eyes To Seeing The Work He Is Already Doing In You!

  1. Pingback: The Deeper Work of the Cross by Watchman Nee | The Road

  2. Watchman Nee has confused and led astray so many people. Bob Dewaay does a good teaching on the serious errors of Nee’s teachings. Nee (while sounding so religious) created his own Christianity that actually took a person away from simple trust in Christ to a mystical Christianity. Read Bob Dewaay’s take on it. ajc

    • Ajc, sorry missed this one.
      Watchmen Nee, among many authors has his flaws. Not aware too much of his waywardness, I recognise his contribution to Christian discussion, and his spirit filled love for believers having impacted thousands of people. If I can pinpoint one major area he excels in, its recognising the centrality and supremacy of Christ in our lives.. which many authors today seem to miss, focusing too much on secularism and drumming to the beats of the latest trend topics.
      Yes I am familiar with many critics of his word and agree on most fronts with there views. The extracts I have are related to specific topics of interest and not his theology or doctrinal views typically.
      If we look at the current Christian landscape, typically in the reformed church movement there are a plethora of misleading authors and pastors damaging institutional churches and not leading as servants mostly all for either there own glory or misconceived ideas and interpretation. I hope these articles focus on Christ alone and his hope… nothing said here should not be tested by scripture and prayer. Thanks for your response.

      • I can’t agree with you on Nee. His teachings take you from a relationship with Christ to depending on yourself and a system of religious soundings do’s and don’ts that take you captive. A few other things about him bother me. I remember when I found his books, I thought I had found the teachings of someone who was so spiritual. That was the problem. Creating our own spiritual religion. Dangerous and deceptive. It takes you around and around and away from the simple trust that Christ is doing it all. A personal issue for me (I am only going by what I have read about his history) is that he went to China after being warned that he would be arrested. Why this bothers me is he left behind a wife that had health issues and needed him. There is too much mysticism in his writing. It leads you back to yourself. I think wanting to and hanging out in this spiritual thing (world) is a dangerous thing to do and is the root of so many pagan religions even if you mention Christ. You are taken captive before you know it. I think the best thing is just to read the word and trust Christ. Thanks, AJC

      • I try not to get into blogging too much. I just skimmed some comments after posting mine. On Nee’s book release of the spirit. I had that book. At the time, I really liked it. The first thing I noticed was this (deja vue). The terminology. God chastens and corrects because we go astray. Where do you see that it is to release our spirit in scripture. This is mystical paganism. Our spirit isn’t released. Yes, God can use a donkey or even a non Christian to correct us but it is not to release our spirit. His teachings are dangerous. AJC

      • Thanks AJC for your comments, I will review some of my readings to date and dig a little deeper – maybe I have only taken a very optimistic approach to Watchman Nee’s material to date. It hasn’t alarmed me with any mystical connotations, controversy or vague teaching, happy to explore more Nee to see what I find. Keep the comments coming. New Years Blessings. Daniel

      • Daniel I can’t blame it on Nee. I must have had some problem to be taken away after knowing and trusting Christ. Bob Dewaay has the best take on it. It was a seduction and a dangerous one at that. ajc

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