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Sit, Walk, Stand is an inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the central issues of our faith. It describes the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: These three key words clearly show us the way to victory in this life—and for eternity. Sit—Our position in Christ Walk—Our life in the world Stand—Our attitude toward the Enemy New! Study guide includ Sit, Walk, Stand is an inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the central issues of our faith. It describes the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: These three key words clearly show us the way to victory in this life—and for eternity. Sit—Our position in Christ Walk—Our life in the world Stand—Our attitude toward the Enemy New! Study guide included. An invaluable tool for the growing disciple.


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Sit, Walk, Stand is an inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the central issues of our faith. It describes the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: These three key words clearly show us the way to victory in this life—and for eternity. Sit—Our position in Christ Walk—Our life in the world Stand—Our attitude toward the Enemy New! Study guide includ Sit, Walk, Stand is an inspiring look at Ephesians, opening our eyes to the central issues of our faith. It describes the process of Christian living and maturity in three words: These three key words clearly show us the way to victory in this life—and for eternity. Sit—Our position in Christ Walk—Our life in the world Stand—Our attitude toward the Enemy New! Study guide included. An invaluable tool for the growing disciple.

30 review for Sit, Walk, Stand: The Process of Christian Maturity

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nole

    This is one of those books that took me longer to read than I would have thought when I looked at its diminutive size. I found myself reading a page and then going back to read it again several times. There were some very timely lessons for my own life in this book. This will be one of those books that I will go back and read again from time to time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joe Duffy

    So many of us so easily become confused with the whole grace, works, obedience thing. we are told to rest and trust god one minute then fight and run the race to win the next. This fantastic little book succinctly and clearly explains the relationship between understanding what has already been done before responding to that truth. Née is my favorite new creation teacher because he exlains so much, yet writes so little.. Clarity and brevity at its finest!. Must read!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tal

    when it comes to books that make an impact, change your thinking and move you beyond where you thought you could go, this book was it for me! so much insight and understanding! so much pressure removed! WOW! i must admit that the "walk" section did not impact me as much as the other two did, but this book is what i have been looking for! oh to have this revelation sink into my heart and change who i am. this is a must read for anyone who really wants to walk with God.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    “Too many Christians have all the doctrine but live lives that are a contradiction to it. The whole principle of Christian life is that we go beyond what is right to that which is well pleasing to him.” A small, but well-presented book. Based on Paul’s letter to Ephesians, this book explores our position in Christ (sitting), our life in the world (walking), and our attitude toward the enemy (standing). This text is clear and easy to follow, yet profound. Far surpasses the wordy, self-referential “Too many Christians have all the doctrine but live lives that are a contradiction to it. The whole principle of Christian life is that we go beyond what is right to that which is well pleasing to him.” A small, but well-presented book. Based on Paul’s letter to Ephesians, this book explores our position in Christ (sitting), our life in the world (walking), and our attitude toward the enemy (standing). This text is clear and easy to follow, yet profound. Far surpasses the wordy, self-referential works of later writers. Interesting that a man who lived and worked in China seventy years ago is so popular today, but he was so effective there that he spent the last twenty years of his life in prison. Many of his works were published while he was in prison. Best read at least three times. “[God] asks us to live a life we can never live and do a work we can never do. Self is the only obstacle to that life and that work. ‘O Lord, deal with me.’”

  5. 4 out of 5

    Haymanot

    Sit, Walk, Stand is a small book with a big message. It’s sold as a study of Ephesians, but it’s much more than that. In 78 short pages the author describes the three aspects of the believer – to God, to man, and to the enemy. The best summary of the book is the one the author provides on the last page… “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 o Sit, Walk, Stand is a small book with a big message. It’s sold as a study of Ephesians, but it’s much more than that. In 78 short pages the author describes the three aspects of the believer – to God, to man, and to the enemy. The best summary of the book is the one the author provides on the last page… “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.” (p.78) This is boot camp Christianity, the sort of book every new believer needs to read. That said, I have just come away from my latest reading of Sit, Walk, Stand wondering how I could have missed so much good stuff the first time around. About seven years ago I got our church in Hong Kong to study this book. To be honest, we weren’t ready for it. We were wearing the wrong glasses. It is only since I have learned to read everything through the lens of Jesus and His finished work that this book really begins to make sense. Incidentally, this is a very common experience for me – reading old books as if for the first time. Perhaps you’re like me – you read Sit, Walk, Stand many years ago and thought it was good but not great. If so, can I encourage you to take another look? To whet your appetite, here are 12 of my favorite sound-bites from the book. (Longer quotes will appear on GraceQuotes.com.) On Sitting “All true spiritual experience begins from rest.” (p.27) “Whereas God worked six days and then enjoyed His sabbath rest, Adam began his life with the sabbath; for God works before He rests, while man must first enter into God’s rest, and then alone can he work.” (p.16) “God is waiting for your store of strength to be utterly exhausted before He can deliver you. Once you have ceased to struggle, He will do everything.” (p.23) “Just you stop ‘giving’ and you will prove what a Giver God is! Stop ‘working,’ and you will discover what a Worker He is!” (p.25) Our Walk “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.” (pp.38-9) “Too often we think that the actual doing is what matters. We have to learn the lesson of not doing – of keeping quiet for Him. We have to learn that if God does not move we dare not move… The abiding principle of all true Christian work is: ‘In the beginning God…’ … You ask me what I mean by natural power. Put very simply, it is what we can do without the help of God.” (p.67) “Have we discovered how good the Lord is? Then in us He is as good as that! Is His power great? Then in us it is no less great! Praise God, His life is as mighty as ever, and in the lives of those who dare to believe the Word of God the divine life will be manifest in a power not one whit less mighty that was manifest of old.” (pp.39-40) “The question is one of practical sonship. True, God has ‘foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ’ (1:5), but we make the mistake of thinking that we have already ‘come of age’ – that we are already mature sons… All will reach ripeness somehow. But the Lamb is seeking firstfruits. The ‘wise’ in the parable (of the wise and foolish virgins) are not those who have done better, but those who have done well at an earlier hour.” (pp.33,44) Taking a Stand “Armies march into other countries to occupy and subdue. God has not told us to do this. We are not to march but to stand. The word ‘stand’ implies that the ground disputed by the enemy is really God’s, and therefore ours. We need not struggle to gain a foothold on it.” (p.54) “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.” (p.55) “Because victory is His, therefore it is ours.” (p.56) “If we believe the Lord, we shall not pray so much but rather we shall praise him more. The simpler and clearer our faith in him, the less we shall pray in such situations and the more we shall praise. Let me say again: In Christ we are already conquerors. Is it not obvious then that, since this is so, for us merely to pray for victory – unless that prayer is shot through with praise – must be to court defeat by throwing away our fundamental position?” (p.57) ___

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd Hudnall

    Sit, Walk, Stand is based on the three key words which divide the book of Ephesians into its basic sections. Our position in Christ is one of sitting, our life in the world is one of walking and our attitude toward Satan is one of standing. The Christian's entire life is to be founded and lived out from the finished work of Jesus. In it's 78 pages the book concisely sums up a massive amount of Biblical theology and applies it to the believer's every day life. Watchman Nee takes the grand theolog Sit, Walk, Stand is based on the three key words which divide the book of Ephesians into its basic sections. Our position in Christ is one of sitting, our life in the world is one of walking and our attitude toward Satan is one of standing. The Christian's entire life is to be founded and lived out from the finished work of Jesus. In it's 78 pages the book concisely sums up a massive amount of Biblical theology and applies it to the believer's every day life. Watchman Nee takes the grand theological treatise of Ephesians and breaks it down into simple, memorable and practical statements. "Christianity begins not with the big DO, but with a big DONE" (pg. 14). "The all important rule is not to "try" but to "trust," not to depend upon our own strength but upon His" (pg. 38). "Our task is one of holding, not of attacking. We do not fight for victory, we fight from victory" (pg. 55). This is only a sampling of many profound statements, which have launched hundreds of sermons. The spiritual truths outlined in Sit, Walk, Stand are simple but profound, critical but often forgotten. The book is a great source for reminding us of these truths. Most of the works of Watchman Nee are wonderful. I recommend the novice to his writings start with this one. It is easy and quick to read yet covers the key understandings further explained in his larger volumes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Slonaker

    This book should touch the hand of every believer - specifically those who are newly converted. We MUST learn to “sit” - that “the work is not initially ours at all, but His. It is not that we work for God, but that He works for us. God gives us our position of rest. He brings His Son’s finished work and presents it to us, and then He says to us, ‘please sit.’ “ From there, we can “walk” according to His ways with our understanding of our life/role, and be able to “stand” on Christ’s finished wo This book should touch the hand of every believer - specifically those who are newly converted. We MUST learn to “sit” - that “the work is not initially ours at all, but His. It is not that we work for God, but that He works for us. God gives us our position of rest. He brings His Son’s finished work and presents it to us, and then He says to us, ‘please sit.’ “ From there, we can “walk” according to His ways with our understanding of our life/role, and be able to “stand” on Christ’s finished work and grounds for our life, not fight for new ‘ground’ or new ‘victory’ against the enemy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim Mather

    The first Christian book I ever purchased. I have returned to it year after year. Watchman Nee is a brilliant writer and his insights on the power book of Ephesians is remarkable. For a new Christian this is a remarkable book to get our spiritual growth on the right track... to be seated with Christ in heaven.... rest.... is the foundation stone for both our walk and warfare in Jesus Christ. I've read much of Watchman Nee's writing but for me, Sit,Walk,Stand is the best of all.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Richard Maffeo

    I read this Watchman Nee classic nearly thirty years ago. It is as fresh today and as full of spiritual insight for me as it was then. Rotted in St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians, Nee takes the reader through the steps outlines by Paul to become an overcomer in the spiritual battle all Christians face.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chan-Mi

    One of the best books I've read. It's only 63 pages, but each page is filled with jewels. This book has set me free from false pressure and expectations I was putting on myself. "We must know how to sit with Christ in heavenly places and we must know how to walk worthy of him down here, [and] we must also know how to stand before the foe."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A great overview on the book of Ephesians. Nee reminds us that the every part of faith in action flows from a place of sitting in the presence of God and receiving from Him first. I loved the way that he emphasized our dependence on God in all things.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Devon Flaherty

    Technically Sit, Walk, Stand is not on my working list of best books, but the author, Watchman Nee, is. I read this book because my pastor preached from it this summer and gave out free copies at a function. (I was virtual, but I managed to snag one later.) He just finished up the series this past Sunday, and I finished the book. Not that it should have taken me that long: it weighs in at a very slim 67 half-sized pages. While only three chapters, it is still a little dense, so I read it along w Technically Sit, Walk, Stand is not on my working list of best books, but the author, Watchman Nee, is. I read this book because my pastor preached from it this summer and gave out free copies at a function. (I was virtual, but I managed to snag one later.) He just finished up the series this past Sunday, and I finished the book. Not that it should have taken me that long: it weighs in at a very slim 67 half-sized pages. While only three chapters, it is still a little dense, so I read it along with the sermons. Roughly. Using the book of Ephesians, Watchman Nee—a revered and fascinating Chinese pastor from the mid-twentieth century (who died in prison for his religious beliefs)—breaks down the oft-confusing idea of both being saved by grace and being asked to lead a righteous life. In concise and straight-forward language punctuated very occasionally by a story, Nee says we are first to rest (sit) in our position in Christ, then as a natural outflowing, walk the kingdom life, and then lastly, to stand in Christ’s name against evil. Walking and standing can only flow out of sitting. One will flow into the other. All of them are powered by God and have their end in His glory. Most of what Nee says is just a nice break-down that a majority of Christians will agree with, theologically. There are a few moments, a few points, however, when there is some question as to whether or not he is theologically correct, at least in the view of some people. I had question marks and “hmm”s in the margin only a few times. Overall, though, this is the sort of book I will be returning to to review, because it is a wonderful, little, practical book about the Christian life. It is riddled with nuggets of wisdom, with quotes and stories that I am sure I have heard from other pulpits before, and with an earnest and concerned voice. It is also, as many good religious books are, a tall order. If you want to let this book change your life, you’re going to have to make big sacrifices to gain it all, which is a big part of the Christian faith. Nee supposes that a Christian can go through their earthly life without properly sitting, walking, and standing, but what is to be gained is far too important to let that happen. I saw a reviewer suggest this book for new Christians. I think that is a great idea since it deals directly with building a faith from the first moments, up. I also think it’s about time for any Christian to realize they’ve stood the Christian life on its head and go about turning it back around again. It might come as a shock, as a struggle, but there are some important and beautiful truths here. I would recommend this book for Christians of all stripes. It is a quick read, one that could sit on your bedside table for a few weeks, with the potential to change your life. It’s wisdom literature, and you’d do well to tack a few of his quotes up on your bathroom mirror. QUOTES “…it is only by placing our entire emphasis there that we can hope to realize the divine purpose for us, which is that ‘we should be unto the praise of His glory’” (pix). “…every Christian must begin his spiritual life from that place of rest” (pxi). “Most Christians make the mistake of trying to walk in order to be able to sit, but that is a reversal of the true order” (p2). “But Christianity is a queer business! If at the outset we try to do anything,we get nothing; if we seek to attain something, we miss everything” (p2). “Our key word here is not of course, in its context, a command to ‘sit down’ but to see ourselves as ‘seated’ in Christ” (p5). “What, then, is God’s basis for the outpouring of the Spirit? It is the exhalation of the Lord Jesus” (p6). “Have you ever tried to save a drowning man? The trouble is that his fear prevents him trusting himself to you” (p11). “…it was his sorrow that in the elder son he found no such applicant” (p13). “If you leave all the giving and all the working to God, do you think the result will be less satisfactory than if you do some of it?” (p13). “Nothing has done greater damage to our Christian testimony than our trying to be right and demanding right of others” (p20). “My life is to be governed by the principle of the Cross and of the perfection of the Father” (p20). “’If we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right’” (p21). “We have nothing to stand for, nothing to ask or demand. We have only to give” (p21). “How does my wristwatch go? By moving first, or by being moved? Of course it goes because first it is moved by a power outside itself” (p23). “You were surely not wrong in seeking love from God? No, but you were wrong in seeking that love as something in itself, a kind of package commodity, when what God desires is to express through you the love of His Son. / God has given us Christ. There is nothing now for us to receive outside of Him” (p25). “…things! Held by us out of relation to Christ they are dead” (p26). “Our holiness will therefore by spelled with a capital H, our love with a capital L” (p26). “The all important rule is not to ‘try’ but to ‘trust’” (p27). “Nothing is so hurtful to the life of a Christian as acting; nothing so lessed as when our outward efforts cease and our attitudes become natural…” (p28). “Praise God, His life is as mighty as ever, and in the lives of those who dare to believe…” (p28), “God does not command what He will not perform; but we must throw ourselves back on Him for the performance” (p29). “…it is not a question of what we will get out of it. It is a question of what the Lord must have now” (p38). “…we fight from victory” (p43). “If we believe the Lord, we shall not pray so much but rather we shall praise Him more” (p45). “It is clear they do nothing of themselves. They use the Name” (p50). “The end is the preeminence of the Son of God, and evangelism is bringing in the sons among whom He shall stand preeminent” (p54). “God’s name can never be a ‘rubber stamp’ to authorize work that is ours in conception” (p55). “We have to learn that if God does not move we dare not move” (p55). “…naturally gifted though we may be, we dare not speak, except in conscious and continual dependence on Him” (p56). “Somehow, in our history with God, we must experience that initial crippling touch of His hand to weaken our natural strength, so that we stand forth on the ground of resurrection life in Christ alone…” (p57). “God never asks us to do anything we can do” (p58). ***REVIEW WRITTEN FOR THE STARVING ARTIST BLOG***

  13. 5 out of 5

    Austin Zhang

    Sit, Walk, Stand: The Process of Christian Maturity by Watchman Nee is a short book about Ephesians and three different aspects (sit, walk, stand) found in it. In this book, Watchman Nee portrays the Christian life in three different ways. In this short read, we find that by 'Sit'ting 'Walk'ing and 'Stand'ing are all different actions all believers must experience to become useful to the Lord and to please God. By understanding these aspects of our Christian life, we can express God through every Sit, Walk, Stand: The Process of Christian Maturity by Watchman Nee is a short book about Ephesians and three different aspects (sit, walk, stand) found in it. In this book, Watchman Nee portrays the Christian life in three different ways. In this short read, we find that by 'Sit'ting 'Walk'ing and 'Stand'ing are all different actions all believers must experience to become useful to the Lord and to please God. By understanding these aspects of our Christian life, we can express God through everything we do and say. A great book for anyone wondering what is required of us, believers, to live a proper Christian life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ben De Bono

    Awesome, awesome book. It totally blew me away, especially the final section on warfare. I was fairly knowledgeable about spiritual warfare heading into this one, but Nee really added some perspective to the whole topic that I'd never considered before. This one's a must read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saphraneet

    Watchman Nee has a wonderful way of explaining spiritual truths. By using just the three little words sit, walk, stand, found in the book of Ephesians, he reminds us of the power available to us to live our Christian lives.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Moore

    This was a quick read – probably more like a booklet than a book, but essay or book, who cares? Watchman Nee (as always) startles with insights that are concise yet profoundly illuminating. For me, this piece was practically luminescent because it aimed a beam of light straight at something I believe the Spirit has been grieving. Then this book spoke right at what I can only describe it as The Martha Mentality. Jesus Himself said Mary that had chosen the better part, yet so many of us Christians This was a quick read – probably more like a booklet than a book, but essay or book, who cares? Watchman Nee (as always) startles with insights that are concise yet profoundly illuminating. For me, this piece was practically luminescent because it aimed a beam of light straight at something I believe the Spirit has been grieving. Then this book spoke right at what I can only describe it as The Martha Mentality. Jesus Himself said Mary that had chosen the better part, yet so many of us Christians are more like Martha. Very busy. This to be the crux of Sit, Walk, Stand, and I agree with Watchman Nee that this is a matter that matters very much to God. Nee describes a cripple riding around in a motorized wheelchair. The first things is to sit. Then, even after the wheelchair has gotten underway, he keeps on sitting. This word picture opened my eyes! God longs for us to simply let Him do and do and do – in us, through us – wherever. The key is surrendering to God’s Power (Ephesians 3:20 and Col 1:29) and then embracing the ground onto our wheelchair has been rolled. To me, this was an eye-opener – that I was (as we all are) born a cripple. But when Jesus came and gave me a wheelchair, I climbed in. It has taken me a long time to practice the abiding principle Watchman Nee is talking about, the principle that is revealed at the outset in Genesis 1:1, the principle that “In the beginning, God… “ Watchman Nee has done it again – speaking boldly to declare that works we can do without Him are (1) not His works (2) made of wood, hay, and stubble and (3) will not make it through God’s test of fire. Nee bravely declares that divine work can only be done with divine power that is found in Jesus Christ alone. Am I operating by this, The Highest Power? Are you? It’s a good question. Thank you, Watchman Nee!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Poulterer

    Watchman Nee is a precious soul. This book is easy to read and yet so profound. The most simple truths that hit me again and keep me anchored with trust that often wavers with the day's happenings. He addresses our need to first of all SIT and be still with the Spirit of God and the Word and prayer. I wish every American human would read this chapter because we rarely do this. We have such a hard time getting our minds to quiet. How do we ever hear from God? "It is paradoxical, but true, that we Watchman Nee is a precious soul. This book is easy to read and yet so profound. The most simple truths that hit me again and keep me anchored with trust that often wavers with the day's happenings. He addresses our need to first of all SIT and be still with the Spirit of God and the Word and prayer. I wish every American human would read this chapter because we rarely do this. We have such a hard time getting our minds to quiet. How do we ever hear from God? "It is paradoxical, but true, that we only advance in the Christian life as we learn first of all to sit down." Then he speaks of walking...living out what was inwardly planted. "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." Finally, we stand in WHO HE IS. And claim what HE DOES. "The Lord never asks us to do anything we can do. He asks us to live a life which we can never live and to do a work which we can never do. Yet, by his grace, we are living it and doing it. The life we live is the life of Christ lived in the power of God..." My favorite quote: "The Lord always loved desperate souls." This read will fuel you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Blair

    Excellent teaching by Watchman Nee! Sit in our position in Christ; walk our position in the world; stand our position with the enemy. I read the paperback version back in college, but recently bought this audio version so my children could listen to it. I listened and was greatly encouraged by this christian classic. Highly recommended. The narrator, Steve Vause, did an excellent job reading Watchman Nee's work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caleb Murphy

    Very insightful book. Watchman nee gives a really cool look at what a believers life in Christ looks like, specifically on our rest in Christ, our walk in the world, and finally our stand against the enemy. I loved his stories that brought understanding to some of Jesus’s parables and other scripture. Every born again christian should read this!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daunavan Buyer

    Amazing little book on Ephesians. This book powerfully outlines our identity in Christ and invites us to a posture that reflects who God says we are.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Gilbert

    I basically wanted to underline entire paragraphs on every other page.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charis Jackson

    A rare book, full of simple truths. I find it hard to believe I've never read one of Watchman Nee's books before. That will definitely change. Not only is his writing full of genuine sincerity, but somehow he's able to take all the complexities we Christians get distracted with and make them simple truths so easy to understand and believe. God's word is "Stand!" "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The Greek verb "stand" with its following A rare book, full of simple truths. I find it hard to believe I've never read one of Watchman Nee's books before. That will definitely change. Not only is his writing full of genuine sincerity, but somehow he's able to take all the complexities we Christians get distracted with and make them simple truths so easy to understand and believe. God's word is "Stand!" "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." The Greek verb "stand" with its following preposition "against" in verse 11 really means "hold your ground." There is a precious truth hidden in that command of God. It is not a command to invade a foreign territory. Warfare, in modern parlance, would imply a command to "march." Armies march into other countries to occupy and to subdue. God has not told us to do this. We are not to march but to stand. The word "stand" implies that the ground disputed by the enemy is really God's, and therefor ours. We need not struggle to gain a foothold on it. The verses he's talking about here happen to be from my favorite book of the bible, Ephesians. And they happen to be from my favorite chapter, chapter 6, so you can imagine my surprise when at 32 I'm still able to learn something profound and new about a well-loved and well-read book and chapter. But perhaps my favorite part of this book came at the end, after Watchman Nee tells a story of how God moved to show His power to an entire island. Nee and seven others took a trip to an island and asked God to let it rain on a day that was celebrated by all the islands inhabitants to their god. Of course, God shows up and it's awesome. What brought me to tears is what followed. Nee lost touch with one of the men who'd played an integral part in God's plan and when he ran into him years later, he asked the man if he still followed God. The man's response broke my heart, but not in the way you'd think. "Mr. Nee!" he said, "do you mean to say that after all we went through I could ever forsake him?" There is an incredible love and devotion behind those words. An unwavering, no-nonsense and no-room-for-doubt kind of faith that I want in my life and that I am pursuing like a pearl of great price or buried treasure. If you haven't read this book and you call yourself a Christian, please, go buy it and read it now. Let this man's life be an example to you. Read it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    Update: I changed my rating from two stars down to one. After reflection, I decided to be judge and jury and found Nee guilty of not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth as outlined below. While the theology of siting, walking, and standing seemed sound at first blush, I felt that Nee missed the mark when he tried to expound on the parable of the ten virgins. He thought that all ten received salvation, however if you put them in the context of the two other parables in chapter 25 of Update: I changed my rating from two stars down to one. After reflection, I decided to be judge and jury and found Nee guilty of not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth as outlined below. While the theology of siting, walking, and standing seemed sound at first blush, I felt that Nee missed the mark when he tried to expound on the parable of the ten virgins. He thought that all ten received salvation, however if you put them in the context of the two other parables in chapter 25 of Matthew, the results are not so charitable. In the parable of the talents, the last servant was called wicked and slothful and cast into outer darkness where the will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. In the parable of the sheep and goats, the goats will go away into eternal punishment. My other issue is where Nee said we are only to use the armor in defense, not offense. It seems to me that casting out demons is pretty offensive. Winning a soul to Christ is also taking ground from our adversary. It didn't have to be and either/or situation to make his point about standing fast when being defensive. Paul said to fight the good fight. Also, immediately before the verses about putting on the whole armor Paul said that we're in a wrestling match. I wrestled briefly in high school so I know that you have to be on both the offensive and defensive to win the match. Being strictly defensive doesn't score any points, which you need to win the match.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Todd Coburn

    I have learned many things from Watchman Née. His perspective is fresh and the Holy Spirit in me senses His own breath in the concepts Watchman brings to my attention. I read this book many years ago and was amazed anew upon rereading it at the depth, simpliciy, and solidness of the Biblical truth presented in this concisely written book. In "Sit, Walk, Stand" Watchman lays out the principle that a believer in Jesus Christ (a Christian) must learn to rest in Christ before "doing" anything else. Un I have learned many things from Watchman Née. His perspective is fresh and the Holy Spirit in me senses His own breath in the concepts Watchman brings to my attention. I read this book many years ago and was amazed anew upon rereading it at the depth, simpliciy, and solidness of the Biblical truth presented in this concisely written book. In "Sit, Walk, Stand" Watchman lays out the principle that a believer in Jesus Christ (a Christian) must learn to rest in Christ before "doing" anything else. Until we recognize that Christ has accomplished all, we can hope to achieve nothing spiritual of any kind. Once we recognize this truth, and can rest in the completed work He has accomplished, simply "sitting" in His presence and not needing to "do" of ourselves, we are then ready to begin to "walk" in Him. Walking involves giving up of our own rights and reaching out to our fellow man. Watchman points out, "If we only try to do the right thing, surely we are very poor Christians. We have to do something more than what is right." Once we have experienced walking in Christ without losing sight that this "walking" springs from our place of continual "sitting" in Him, we are ready to "stand" in Him. Standing involves holding the ground that our Lord Jesus has already won. We are not taking ground, for Jesus has already taken it. This is not an offensive war, for Christ has already won. We are simply in a defensive stance, using the armor of the Lord, and holding the ground He won on the cross. As we learn to "stand" in Him we learn to stop trying to accomplish with our own giftedness so that we can truely overcome through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. This book is simple, concise, elegant, and beautifully written. I highly recommend it and trust you, too, will relish its sweetness.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Casey

    I thought this was a great little book based on Ephesians. At first I thought the title was a little backwards... shouldn't it be stand-walk-sit, but after reading it, it does make perfect sense. First, we have to SIT with Jesus. Or have faith that we will be seated at his right hand. After all, faith is not anything that we DO, but what has already been done for us. Once we have mastered sitting, we get to WALK - that is "the practical outworking of that heavenly position here on earth" (loc 248). I thought this was a great little book based on Ephesians. At first I thought the title was a little backwards... shouldn't it be stand-walk-sit, but after reading it, it does make perfect sense. First, we have to SIT with Jesus. Or have faith that we will be seated at his right hand. After all, faith is not anything that we DO, but what has already been done for us. Once we have mastered sitting, we get to WALK - that is "the practical outworking of that heavenly position here on earth" (loc 248). And finally, the STAND - the STAND is against spiritual warfare. I thought this quote summed it up nicely: "For no Christian can hope to enter the warfare of the ages without learning first to rest in Christ and in what He has done, and then, through the strength of the Holy Spirit within, to follow Him in a practical, holy life here on earth. If he is deficient in either of these, he will find that all the talk about spiritual warfare remains only talk; he will never know its reality. Satan can afford to ignore him, for he does not count for anything." (loc 533) And another quote that really inspired me: "God never asks us to do anything we CAN do. He asks us to live a life which we can never live and do a work which we can never do. Yet, by His grace, we are living it and doing it."

  26. 4 out of 5

    Esther Hong

    Key words in Ephesians 1. Our position in Christ — 'Sit' (2:6) 2. Our life in the world — 'Walk' (4:1) 3. Our attitude to the enemy — 'Stand' (6:11) ...His experience has now become my spiritual history... (pg. 16) We sit forever with Christ that we may walk continuously before men. (pg. 28) ...you were wrong in seeking that love as something in itself, a kind of package-commodity, when what God desires is to express through you the love of His Son. God has given us Christ. There is nothing now for us Key words in Ephesians 1. Our position in Christ — 'Sit' (2:6) 2. Our life in the world — 'Walk' (4:1) 3. Our attitude to the enemy — 'Stand' (6:11) ...His experience has now become my spiritual history... (pg. 16) We sit forever with Christ that we may walk continuously before men. (pg. 28) ...you were wrong in seeking that love as something in itself, a kind of package-commodity, when what God desires is to express through you the love of His Son. God has given us Christ. There is nothing now for us to receive outside of Him. The Holy Spirit has been sent to produce what is of Christ in us; not to produce anything that is apart from or outside of Him. ...the Christ of God is Himself everything that we shall ever need. (pg. 29-30) All will reach ripeness, somehow. But the Lamb is seeking firstfruits. The 'wise' in the parable are not those who have done better, but those who have done well at an earlier hour. (pg. 36) In Him, therefore, we stand. Thus today we do not fight for victory; we fight from victory. Overcomers are those who rest in the victory already given to them by their God. (pg. 44) When we come to the end of our works, His work begins. God never asks us to do anything we can do. He asks us to live a life which we can never live and to do a work which we can never do. Yet, by His grace, we are living it and doing it. (pg. 56)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Davina

    I liked the book because it encouraged me, fixed my eyes on the Lord and tought me some very important things, like resting in what Jesus did for me. There were however parts of the book I couldn't agree on or rather said I didn't like, how Watchman Nee wrote very confident about parts of scripture that many people would understand completely differently. I have a hard time when theologians don't explain that there are other ways to understand this particular scripture and don't argue why they c I liked the book because it encouraged me, fixed my eyes on the Lord and tought me some very important things, like resting in what Jesus did for me. There were however parts of the book I couldn't agree on or rather said I didn't like, how Watchman Nee wrote very confident about parts of scripture that many people would understand completely differently. I have a hard time when theologians don't explain that there are other ways to understand this particular scripture and don't argue why they choose the point of view. I know this wasn't Nee's purpose in this book, but this manner of approaching a lot of scripture left kind of a bitter taste in my mouth because many things weren't concrete enough and seemed rather mystical. Well, maybe someone really has to know God better to understand these things fully?! I don't know.

  28. 4 out of 5

    fleegan

    It was a good book because it's short (64 pages) and very much to the point. He kind of reminds me of Joyce Meyer in that they're both "Here's what you need to do; do it." kind of people. Although when Joyce says it it's more like, "Stop being an idiot and do what you're supposed to do." The premise of this book is basically Christians should first learn how to sit (or rest) with God. Then they should learn to walk (live a righteous life in Christ) with God, and finally they should learn to stan It was a good book because it's short (64 pages) and very much to the point. He kind of reminds me of Joyce Meyer in that they're both "Here's what you need to do; do it." kind of people. Although when Joyce says it it's more like, "Stop being an idiot and do what you're supposed to do." The premise of this book is basically Christians should first learn how to sit (or rest) with God. Then they should learn to walk (live a righteous life in Christ) with God, and finally they should learn to stand with God. The standing business pertains to spiritual warfare. All of this he gleans from Paul's letter to the Ephesians I kind of wish I had read this book 5 years ago. Then again, I never would have read this book 5 years ago.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave Johnson

    This was so good. It took me quite a while to read because I really wanted to learn everything he talked about (I'm still working on that, btw). There's just too much stuff in here to mention it all, but the lessons I've learned about total reliance on Christ's finished work in me (sitting), allowing him to work that out in my daily life (walking), and the revelation that spiritual warfare is just holding the ground that God has already won for me (standing) and not "fighting" for it, has been i This was so good. It took me quite a while to read because I really wanted to learn everything he talked about (I'm still working on that, btw). There's just too much stuff in here to mention it all, but the lessons I've learned about total reliance on Christ's finished work in me (sitting), allowing him to work that out in my daily life (walking), and the revelation that spiritual warfare is just holding the ground that God has already won for me (standing) and not "fighting" for it, has been invaluable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Nee organizes the book of Ephesians into doctrinal and practical sections, Sit (our position in Christ), Walk (our life in the world), and Stand (our attitude to the enemy). Excellent book! "To say, 'I can do nothing to save myself; by by his grace God *has done* everything for me in Christ' is to take the first step in the life of faith. The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus." "Adam began his life with the sabbath; for God wor Nee organizes the book of Ephesians into doctrinal and practical sections, Sit (our position in Christ), Walk (our life in the world), and Stand (our attitude to the enemy). Excellent book! "To say, 'I can do nothing to save myself; by by his grace God *has done* everything for me in Christ' is to take the first step in the life of faith. The Christian life from start to finish is based upon this principle of utter dependence upon the Lord Jesus." "Adam began his life with the sabbath; for God works before he rests, while man must first enter into God's rest, and then alone can he work." "Every new spiritual experience begins with an acceptance by faith of what God has done - witha new "sitting down," "God gives us our position of rest. He brings his Son's finished work and presents it to us, and then he says to us, Please sit...Come for all things are now ready (Lk 14:17). Our Christian life begins with the discovery of what God has provided." "Our deliverance from sin is based, not on what we can do, nor even on what God is going to do for us, but on what he has already done for us in Christ. When that fact dawns upon us and we rest back upon it (Rom. 6:11), then we have found the secret of a holy life." "Lord, I cannot love (forgive, be pure, etc) but I count on thy perfect love (etc). But I trust thee to forgive instead of me, and to do so henceforth in me." "Eph. 5:2ff. We must bring heavenliness into our dwellings, office, shops, kitchens, and practice it there." "The Christian life is not about what is right and wrong, but the Cross and the perfection of the Father" (Mt. 5:38-48) Conformity to Christ. The Christian's secret for walking in love and light, is first resting in Christ. The Christian life is not like a runner in a race, or a man in a car, but an invalid/cripple in a powerdriven carriage. "The Holy Spirit has been sent to produce what is of Christ in us; We are strengthened with power through his Spirit in our inner self. What we show forth outwardly is what God has first put within." "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. It is the effort involved that should reveal to them that something is wrong. They force themselves to refrain from doing this, from saying that, from eating the other, and how hard they find it all!..Our life is the life of Christ, mediated in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit himself; the moment we see that fact we shall end our struggling and cast away our pretense." The word "stand" (Eph. 6:10) implies that the ground disputed by the enemy is really God's, and therefore ours. We only hold the ground that Christ has won by his resurrection. We fight FROM victory, not FOR victory. "If you are not sitting before God, you cannot stand before the enemy." "Satan's primary object is not to get us to sin, but simply to make it easy for us to do so by getting us off the ground of perfect triumph on to which the Lord has brought us. Through the avenue of our heart or of the heart, through our intellect or our feelings, he assaults our rest in Christ or our walk in the Spirit." "Because victory is [Christ's], therefore it is ours...We must not ask the Lord to enable us to overcome the enemy, but praise him because has already done so, he is victor." "In Christ we are already conquerors. Prayer should be shot through with praise, because we aren't praying for victory." "Has defeat been your experience? Have you found yourself hoping that one day you will be strong enough to win the fight? Then my prayer for you can go no further than that of Paul to his Ephesian readers. It is that God may open your eyes anew to see yourself seated with him who has himself been made to sit 'far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named.' The difficulties around you may not alter; the lion may roar as loudly as ever; but you need no longer hope to overcome. In Christ Jesus you are victor in the field." "The power of Jesus' name operates in 3 distinctions: through forgiveness of sins, cleansing, justification/sanctification, to bind Satanic powers, and to receive gifts from the Father." We are authorized to use Jesus' name. The first question we must answer is, Can God commit his checkbook, his signature, his bank balance, to you? In other words, are we so united with God that he will thus commit himself to what we are doing? 1st, a true revelation of God's eternal purposes; 2nd, all work to be effective in its divine purpose must be conceived by God; 3rd, all work to be effective must depend for its continuance upon the power of God alone. Divine work can only be done with divine power, and that power is to be found in the Lord Jesus alone (Jn 15:5). "When we have reached the point where in all honesty we cry: 'I cannot speak,' that we discover God is speaking. God never asks us to do anything we can do. He asks us to live a life which we can never life and to do a work which we can never do. Yet by his grace, we are living it and doing it. The life we life is the life of Christ lived in the power of God, and the work we do is the work of christ carried on through us by his Spirit whom we obey. Self is the only obstruction to that life and to that work. May we each one pray from our hearts: 'O Lord, deal with me!'"

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