When I was in my early 20s, I read Watchman Nee’s book The Release of the Spirit. The content of the book came out of a long period of silence from Nee, after he was grossly mistreated by fellow Christians.
Nee was someone who never defended himself or justified his actions.
He was teachable, humble, and broken. He recognized the cross when it came into his life, and wanted God to waste nothing.
In the same way, he never defended when under false accusation and personal attack. He, like Jesus, was silent at such times, entrusting himself to God as 1 Peter 2 commands.
Nee was a broken vessel who knew the cross and thus he was qualified to preach it in all its ugly depths.
Nee suspended his ministry for a number of years. When Nee resumed his ministry, however, he delivered a series of powerful messages on brokenness.
Those messages are contained in the book, The Release of the Spirit.
I’m re-reading this book, some 20 years after I first read it as a young man. And it awakened in me an instinct for the cross. Something that only God can teach another mortal.[Continue Reading...]