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Watchman Nee– My Top 20 Favorite Quotes

watchman neeVictory is the normal experience of a Christian; defeat should be the abnormal experience.

A Christian life is an unending engagement on the battlefield.

A Christian should know more about the operation of his spirit than about the activity of his mind.

Our prayers lay the track down on which God’s power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.

A forgiven sinner is quite different from an ordinary sinner, and a consecrated Christian is quite different from an ordinary Christian.

Our old history ends with the Cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.

The Blood deals with what we have done, whereas the Cross deals with what we are. The Blood disposes of our sins, while the Cross strikes at the root of our capacity for sin….

True spiritual life depends not on probing our feelings and thoughts from dawn to dusk but on “looking off” to the Savior!

He can only keep those who have handed themselves over to Him.

Now is the hour we should humbly prostrate ourselves before God, willing to be convicted afresh of our sins by the Holy Spirit.

Christians should not be content merely with knowing mentally the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as given in the Bible; they also need to know Him experimentally.

Oftentimes a carnal Christian is troubled by outside matters. Persons or affairs or things in the world around readily invade his inward man and disturb the peace in his spirit.

If you would test the character of anything, you only need to enquire whether that thing leads you to God or away from God.

They simply do what they feel like doing.

God wants us to love Him more than our Isaac.

God’s means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. That is surely rather a peculiar way of victory, you say; but it is the divine way. God sets us free from the dominion of sin, not by strengthening our old man but by crucifying him; not by helping him to do anything, but by removing him from the scene of action.

The sight of any trouble strikes terror into the heart of those who do not have faith, but those who trust Him say, “Here comes my food!”

The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odor, with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odor of sweetness.

Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious. How meaningful are the words, “in Christ.”

Historically, Pentecost followed Calvary; experientially, being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit follows the bearing of the cross.

People who are lazy, careless, doubtful-minded or arrogant need not expect God to reveal His secret or covenant to them.

Surrender

Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants you to do.    Billy Sunday

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.    William Booth

I wish that saints would cling to Christ half as earnestly as sinners cling to the devil. If we were as willing to suffer for God as some are willing to suffer for their lusts, what perseverance and zeal would be seen on all sides!   Charles Spurgeon

The greatness of man’s power is the measure of his surrender. It is not a question of who you are, or of what you are, but whether God controls you.
Henrietta C Mears

He who makes himself his own master subjects himself to a fool for a master.
Bernard

Our problem is that we assume prayer is something to master the way we master algebra or auto mechanics. That puts us in the “on-top” position, where we are competent and in control. But when praying, we come “underneath,” where we calmly and deliberately surrender control and become incompetent… The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture. That is what grace means, and not only are we saved by it, we live by it as well. And we pray by it.    Richard J. Foster

He can only keep those who have handed themselves over to Him.   Watchman Nee

Lord, whatever you want, wherever you want it, and whenever you want it, that’s what I want.   Richard Baxter

He that seeketh anything else but simply God and the salvation of his soul, will find nothing but trouble and sorrow.   Thomas a Kempis

Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.   John Wesley

In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, That is mine!   Abraham Kuyper
 
If you look up into His face and say, “Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,” at that moment He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power.    Alan Redpath

When some say they want to serve God, they mean in an advisory capacity.   Anonymous

We must quit bending the Word to suit our situation. It is we who must be bent to that Word, our necks that must bow under the yoke.   Elisabeth Elliot

Lay any burden on me, Lord, only sustain me. Sever any tie, but the tie that binds me to Thyself.    David Livingstone

The only right a Christian has is the right to give up his rights.   Oswald Chambers

Jesus Christ demands more complete allegiance than any dictator who ever lived. The difference is, He has a right to it.   Vance Havner

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.   Jim Elliot

God wants you! Are you hearing me? What God wants in ALL of you. He wants to consume you. In that process you will serve. Service is good, but your service won’t count for much of it if it isn’t done with a giving of self, with a yielding of your inner person and all that you are about. That’s what God calls us to; a life of giving of ourselves.    John Wimber

Will is the whole man active. I cannot give up my will; I must exercise it. I must will to obey. When God gives a command or a vision of truth, it is never a question of what He will do, but what we will do. To be successful in God’s work is to fall in line with His will and to do it His way. All that is pleasing to Him is a success.    Henrietta C Mears

The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God’s victory over him.   A. W. Tozer

I surrendered unto Him all there was of me; everything! Then for the first time I realized what it meant to have real power.   Kathryn Kuhlman

Taking up my “cross” means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.   A.W. Pink

Just as a servant knows that he must first obey his master in all things, so the surrender to an implicit and unquestionable obedience must become the essential characteristic of our lives.    Andrew Murray

What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt.  John Newton

It ain’t necessary to leave the things of this life when you follow Him. It is not necessary to give up your business, if it’s a legitimate one, in order to accept Christ. But you musn’t set your heart on the old nets by a good deal.   D.L. Moody

Up until the moment Christ enters our lives, surrounding our souls there exists a hard outer shell, a “survival nature,” which protects us against life’s harshest offences. The shell is necessary while we are in the world, but becomes an enemy to our new life in Christ, where the nature of Christ becomes our shelter. Thus, as the shell of a seed, a nut or an egg must be broke before its inner life comes forth, so it is with us: the “shell” of our outer nature must also break in order to free the Spirit of Christ to arise in our hearts.    Francis Frangipane

Brokenness is the shattering of my self-will – the absolute surrender of my will to the will of God. It is saying “Yes, Lord!” – no resistance, no chafing, no stubbornness – simply submitting myself to His direction and will in my life. Nancy Leigh DeMoss

To wait on God is to live a life of desire toward Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him.    Matthew Henry

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life that I may burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life but a full one like You, Lord Jesus.   Jim Elliot

God owns all; He owns me; He owns my home; He owns my children; He owns my property. I have called your attention before to the fact that the modern idea of ownership is pagan. The Christian idea is this: that God is the absolute owner of all things.    Clovis G. Chappell

He has right to interrupt your life. He is Lord. When you accepted Him as Lord, you gave Him, the right to help Himself to your life anytime He wants.
Henry Blackaby

God always has and always will look for men and women who say to Him, ‘I trust you so much, I’m all in. I want your way not mine. I am willing to live by faith!’   Chip Ingram

May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God’s presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.   Andrew Murray

You become stronger only when you become weaker. When you surrender your will to God, you discover the resources to do what God requires.   Erwin Lutzer

The entrance fee into the kingdom of heaven is nothing: the annual subscription is everything.   Henry Drummond

Just as water ever seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds you abased and empty, His glory and power flow in.   Andrew Murray

The love-slave has no pleasure like that of serving his master. this is his joy, and his very “crown of rejoicing.” The love-slave is altogether at his master’s service. He is all eyes for his master. He watches. He is all ears for his master. He listens. His mind is willing. His hands are ready. His feet are swift to sit at the master’s feet and look into his loved face, to listen to his voice and catch his words; to run on his errands, to do his bidding, to share his privations and sorrows, to watch at his door, to guard his honour, to praise his name, to defend his person, to seek and promote his interests, and, if needs be, to die for his dear sake; this is the joy of the slave of love, and this he counts his perfect freedom.    Samuel L. Brengle

The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice – any choice will be the right one.    A.W. Tozer

God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him. Andrew Murray

The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart.   Alan Redpath

Jack Hayford– Nice Quotes

I don’t perceive my call as one to protest the culture but to proclaim the Savior.

God gives grace to sinners and glory to saints.

The inevitable fruit of vital worship will be a transformed people who become transforming instruments of God’s grace and deliverance to the world.

Worship , in a very real sense of the word, opens a doorway to the power of His presence, confounding dark powers and overthrowing sin’s destructive operations.

Worship is about encounter– coming into God’s presence.

Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped.

Worship , in a very real sense of the word, opens a doorway to the power of His presence, confounding dark powers and overthrowing sin’s destructive operations.

God will crush the obstacles in your life if you will follow in His way.

Revival is going to come because somebody in your generation is willing to pay the price.

As leaders today, we must be warned of our common vulnerability to being distracted by the abundance of “enhancements” available to ministry today. We can become mesmerized by the array of church cosmetics for helping our church look better. “Makeup” isn’t evil, but it’s no substitute for leading believers to “take up” the disciple’s cross and be shaped as His true followers. We’re within frightening reach of being able to grow bigger churches while failing to grow bigger people.

The greatest tool of evangelism when it comes to loved ones is to be genuinely loving and friendly to them without the taint of manipulation. …Winning people to Christ is not conquering them or verifying yourself. It is about showing so much of Jesus that they cannot resist Him.

The power of the fast is found in the abject humility of people who desire the Lord’s way in their lives more than the bread that sustains their physical bodies. Fasting is an announcement the soul makes that the body will not rule over it, and it declares there will be no relief until the issues set before God are resolved in spirit.

The issue of faith is never founded on our ability to “move the mountain,” but faith in the Mountain maker. Visualizing a victory or working up a “feeling” of faith is a pathetic human attempt to get something to happen. Real faith lays hold of the Faith-giver (Eph. 2:8), who holds all power for every need, and trusts Him to answer our prayer as He promised He would do.

The Greek word for boldness, parhesia, means “outspoken, unreserved utterance, freedom of speech, frankness, candor, cheerful courage, the opposite of cowardice.” Here, it is divine enablement that comes to ordinary people exhibiting spiritual power and authority. Parhesia is not a human quality, but a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Just one person would have made the difference! God sought that person. How many situations are there today, in our world, where the Lord is looking for just one person to stem the tide of sin’s hideous destruction? He is not looking for a perfect person, just one who will stand before Him on behalf of the people who cannot stand for themselves.

Our greatest victories are rarely won in an instant, but in the morning-by-morning application of His truth and power which overthrows the strongholds of darkness in our world and secures His purpose in us.

All successful, spiritual enterprise is based upon clear understanding of the forces which oppose us and direction for dealing with these influences. The carnal mind is unfit for spiritual warfare. Our natural human perception can at best only lead us to the doorway of understanding and never through it.

We know that if we call on the Lord He will answer. Often, however, our expectations are too small, and we ask based on what we know is possible. But He is the God of the impossible! The Lord sees the situation from every side and has a bigger plan than any of us dream. He did not choose us to do small things.

The Bible is…as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God.

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