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  • Paperback: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Living Stream Ministry; 1st edition (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736302697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736302692
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first started reading this book with an open, but cautious, mind.
James Christian
I would highly recommend the book for new Christians, or older ones, if you are looking for the casue and effect of spiritual grown and maturity.
Richard Worsham
By the Word of God and the work of the cross... we shall be governed by the Spirit of God!
David D. Flowers

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By James Christian on October 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I first started reading this book with an open, but cautious, mind. As one reviewer wrote, it seemed that this book is based on only one verse, and I was a bit skeptical about it. It wasn't until I delved further into this book to discover that the one verse statement is not correct. The book is very Scriptural. The Bible many times shows the differences between the spirit and the soul, but our English translations are not always clear.

1 Cor. 2:14-15 says: "But a soulish man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God... but the spiritual man discerns all things..."

1 Cor. 15:44 says: "[Our body] is sown a soulish body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual one."

Jude 19 says: "These [mockers] are those who make divisions; they are soulish, having no spirit."

Most translations translate the word "soulish" as "natural", but in the Greek it is the adjectival form of the word "soul". There are more passages, but these are just a few to get you started.

Those who have warned against this book are right to say that we should always put the Bible first, but they are not right in saying that it is un-Biblical. I recommend reading this book with an open mind, the Bible (and maybe Strong's Concordance) in hand, a prayerful heart, and discernment.

This is an excellent book that will really aid you in your walk with God, teaching you to walk by the Spirit and not yield to the flesh, putting your spirit, soul, and body in the proper alignment. One should remember that Mr. Nee wrote this book in his early twenties. For those familiar with his later works, the level of maturity is slightly noticable. As he grew in faith, he refined some of his teachings later.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
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Although many people claim to be worshippers of God, God is still looking for true worshippers (John 4:23-24). The book clearly shows the reason why a Christian needs to be guided by his spirit in stead of his soul, and how he could be spiritual in order to serve God. The book is an excellent experiential guidance (rather than a doctrine) for believers to experience, or rather to touch the living God who dwells in their spirit, in order to know Him, serve Him, and worship Him according to His heart's desire.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David D. Flowers on April 13, 2008
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"Many Christians are born again and have participated in the Lord's resurrection but lack the manifestation of the power of the resurrection." (p.51)

According the the Scriptures, "a complete person is a tripartite being, a person with a spirit, a soul, and a body." (p.6)

Watchman Nee reveals how Scripture teachs us that man is spirit, soul, and body. Nee explains how God created man to join His Spirit with man's spirit (i.e. the eternal center of a man). The spirit is to govern the soul of a man (i.e. thoughts, emotions, will) and then the body. He calls the spirit of a man the "inner man"; the soul--the "outer man"; the body--"the outermost man." Before the inner man is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, a man's spirit is inopperative. His spirit is there, but in fact... it is dead! The soul then tries to function as only the spirit can do. Thus, the soul coupled with the power of sin... produces flesh! Man is then a frustrated being.

Nee submits that most Christians live a "mixed" life. Many Christians are unaware of this divine created order of God. Therefore, many believers can not distinguish the difference between the spiritual life and the soulish life; a life powered governed by the spirit and the life ruled by man's own natural life. The Christian life is to be a Spirit-led and a Spirit-driven life. The Holy Spirit has regenerated the spirit of a man and is to continue to be the power that controls and governs him.

However, many Christians allow their soul to interfere with the Spirit's work. Again, this produces flesh! The Spirit is hindered from joining with man's spirit while the soul of a man is not in full submission to the Spirit. It is any wonder why many believers live a defeated life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LandofFire on September 5, 2008
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My background is Presbyterian (both PCUSA and PCA). Spiritual Warfare is not specifically addressed in these denominations. As i suspect many other traditional churches do not address this. It is possible as a christian to live a life of relative comfort for a while. Or just to put up with oppression because we do not know what to do about it... until an unbearable situation (in the form of a type of calamity) shows up at our doorsteps, and it becomes very clear we are at war.

This books has helped me personally a great deal in identifying the "wiles of the enemy" in my walk. Both internal attacks, physical (illnesses), and external, and what to do about it. It has helped me to identify how the enemy can hinder us, and most of all deceive us.

I recommend this highly for those who are truly seeking to consacrate themselves to the LORD, to a hightened spiritual walk with God in obedience. It has greatly helped me in identifying error and prevented me from staying the wrong spiritual path (since i had begun going the wrong path unbenounced to myself .... when miraculously i was lead to read this book).

Below is an excerpt:

" Hence, when his mind is full of discouraging thoughts, he should not think that he is truly hopeless. If his mind is full of uplifted thoughts, he should not think that he is really doing well.
Furthermore, the believer should repeatedly confront the lies of evil spirits. Whatever thoughts the evil spirits have suggested in his mind, the believer must answer specifically with words in the Scripture:
Evil spirits will cause him to doubt, so he must reply with verses on faith.
Evil spirits will cause him to be discouraged, so he must reply with verses on hope.
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