Thursday, October 30, 2014

a great foundation


“The Christian life consists of sitting with Christ, walking by him and standing in him.  We begin our spiritual life by resting in the finished work of the Lord Jesus.  That rest is the source of our strength or a consistent and unfaltering walk in the world.  And at the end of a grueling warfare with the hosts of darkness we are found standing with him at last in triumphant possession of the field.” – Watchman Nee, Sit, Walk, Stand, page 78

One of the first books I remember reading that impacted my life was a very small and simple book titled Sit, Walk, Stand and was written by Watchman Nee.  You would do well to find this book and ingest the great foundation truths that this man shared.

Watchman Nee lived during the 20th century in China.  He wrote several books, was a Christian leader and was persecuted and even put in prison for his faith.  He spent the last 20 years of his life in prison.  This mans faith looked Communism in the face while expounding on the truth’s God gave us in the Bible

Nee wrote that, “All true spiritual experience begins from rest.” page 28

Psalm 37:7  NASB
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Resting is a topic that few Christians understand because we live such busy lives.  Add to our busy lives a lack of faith, and you end up with people who are tired and who lack confidence. 

Nee’s thought was that until we can rest in and trust fully in God we will not enjoy the Christian life and be at peace with God.  Resting in God brings success in life.  Resting in God means that God lives through us.  That is pure foundation that the apostle Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20.

Of walking and living in this world Nee wrote, “The all-important rule is not to ‘try’ but to ‘trust,’ not to depend upon our own strength but upon his…  Too many of us are caught acting as Christians.  The life of many Christians today is largely a pretense.  They live a ‘spiritual’ life, talk a ‘spiritual’ language, adopt ‘spiritual’ attitudes, but they are doing the whole thing themselves.” pages 38-9

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

Leadership guru John Maxwell said that if you think you are leading but no body is following that you are just taking a long, lonely walk (oh coarse, I paraphrased this).  The Christian life is meant to be lived as we connect to God and with others.  We will go somewhere and somewhere on purpose as we begin with trusting God and continue listening to God as we walk.

Walking is a big deal.  Another big idea in Christianity is that you are either moving forward or going backwards.  It is next to impossible to stay in one place.  That is where Watchman Nee’s teaching on walking with God comes to life and gives us confidence to live by faith.

He closed his little book encouraging believers like you and me to take a stand for Christ.  “Today we do not fight for victory; we fight from victory…  When you fight to get the victory, then you have lost the battle at the outset…  Because victory is His, therefore it is ours.” pages 55-6

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

Victory really is ours.  Victory is not about our personal success or accumulating stuff.  Real and sustained victory comes from our connection with Christ.

For me victory comes when I get to share with others and lead them to begin walking or continue walking with Christ on a daily basis.  God desires that our lives count for something.  It is a fact that the further we get from spending time with God that we begin to stand on our own, walk alone and get very tired pretty quick.

God’s intention for us is to live life trusting Him and taking a stand for what really matters.  This book, Sit, Walk, Stand, would be a great addition to your daily time with God and reading His word.  Faith grows as we stay connected to God!

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