The Holy Spirit and Reality (Book Review)

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Watchman Nee concludes with a sobering word of warning on the danger of being self-deceived as to our true condition before the Lord.

So, another mind-blowing, instructive and spirit-filled book from Watchman Nee. I’ll recommend this book for any and everyone who wants to know more about the Holy Spirit and who wants to go deeper than just praise and worship.

About the Author: Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen. Throughout the nearly 30 years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His body for His move of this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972.

The Christian life seemingly involves many outward matters and things such as Baptism, the breaking of bread, worship, praise, prayer, forgiveness, humility and love for one another. As such is easy to focus on these things but miss the spiritual reality behind them.

This book speaks of the believer’s need to advance from outward practices to a genuine, spiritual living that is centered on knowing and experiencing the Holy Spirit. the Spirit is actively working to reveal himself to us and to discipline us so that we may be guided into all the reality. The revelation of the Holy Spirit shows us the spiritual reality, while the discipline of the Holy Spirit leads us, through the ordering of our environment, into all spiritual reality.

Here are some of the quotes that really blessed me and moreover he was open to talk about who the church really is in the mind of the Lord. You can get the book from Osiander (they offer free delivery) 🙂

This shows  us that God is Spirit, and everything related to God has to be in spirit. The Spirit of truth is the Spirit of reality, hence, spiritual reality must be in the Holy Spirit.

Once a spiritual thing moves away from the Holy Spirit, it becomes letter and form, and it is dead.

A man will never see spiritual things if he tries to see them with his physical eyes.

In the Lord’s mind, when the church says that a brother is right, he is right, and when the church says that a brother is wrong, he is wrong. When we reads this, it is easy to ask the question: What if the judgement of the church is wrong? But when the Lord spoke these words (whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven), He was talking about the reality of the church. If the judgement is wrong, it must not have come from reality, and it must not be of the Holy Spirit, but from man. In the Lord’s mind, the church is a reality and anything outside this reality has no place in the Lord’s mind at all.

If a man touches the spiritual reality, his living will be real and organic.

Once a person touches this reality, he will be delivered from doctrines, formalities, human thoughts and human ways. Baptism, the breaking of bread, or the church are all realities to him; they are no longer rituals or doctrines.

One does not worship God by the emotions, the feelings, or the mind. Anything that is of the Spirit is real.

Take Prayer as an example: Seemly zealous prayers and long prayers often do not strike an amen in others. On the contrary, the more these prayers are offered, the more others become cold. This is because the prayer has not touched any spiritual reality. (Luke 18 ..)

When the Lord Jesus was on earth, men knew Him in two ways. One was knowledge according to appearance , and the other was inward knowledge. They judged who the Lord was by His outward appearance, and they did not touch the reality.

This shows us that in knowing the Lord, one needs an organ that is sharper than the outward eyes, clearer than the outward ears, and more sensitive than the outward hands. With Christ there is a reality and this reality cannot be discerned by outward appearance.

If a man does not have revelation, even if he eat, drink, walk, and dwell together with the Lord Jesus, he will still not know who He is.

God does not require us to imitate; He only wants the reality , the real thing, to be manifested through us.

We are easily deceived because we often deceive ourselves. Those who deceive themselves are easily deceived by others. If one is blind about himself, he is blind about others. Whenever we know ourselves, we know others. We cannot know others if we do not know ourselves.

Lets pray that the Lord will deliver us from vain talk and all kinds of poverty, and let us ask Him to show us more and more what spiritual reality is.

Obsession is self-deception

lying is deceiving others, while being obsessed is deceiving oneself

Obsession is a matter of the heart. It is doing the wrong thing yet saying in the heart that it is right.

Lying os speaking something false while being conscious of it. Being obsessed is speaking something false without being conscious of it. Lying is speaking something false and then realizing that it is wrong. Being obsessed is speaking something false and then thinking that one is right.

Being obsessed is believing that something is real when in fact it is not.

Some Christians are so obsessed that they take lies for truths, wrongs for right and falsehood for facts.

Spiritual darkness cannot be removed by human fires. Light comes from God alone and does not come from man. Man’s fire will never bring about genuine spiritual sight.

So finally I stop here. Too much truth in one book, guys I urge you to get one for yourself and God bless you as you go through. Feedbacks are welcomed, so feel free to leave a comment and like. You can also follow this blog per E-Mail so as not to miss a post ❤ ❤

God bless you and have a nice day 🙂

 

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