In Christ Alone

6 Mar

Death is weakness produced to its utter extremity… Death means utter weakness; it means you are weak to such a point you can become no weaker… ‘O wretched man that I am!’ cried Paul, ‘who shall deliver me out of the body of this death?’ and it is good anyone cries out as he did. There is nothing more musical in the ears of the Lord. This cry is the most spiritual and the most scriptural cry a man can utter. He only utters it when he knows he can do nothing, and gives up making any further resolutions. Up to this point, every time he failed, he made a new resolution and doubled and redoubled his will-power…

Bible reading and prayer are not wrong, and God forbid that we should suggest that they are, but it is wrong to trust even in them for victory. Our help is in him who is the object of that reading and prayer. Our trust must be in Christ alone.

Watchman Nee

The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House, 1957/1977, 170-1

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