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The Overcoming Life

By Watchman Nee (Author)
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Prior to the publication of his well-known classic, The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee released a series of messages on the overcoming life. In many respects these messages are the basis for living the normal Christian life. The Overcoming Life is not a call to attain an extraordinary measure of "spirituality." Rather, it is a call to normalcy, a call to pursue the life that is hidden with Christ in God. This call reverberates within seeking believers who, despite a keen sensitivity to their weaknesses, sense an inward call to overcome. In The Overcoming Life Watchman Nee exposes the problems besetting seeking Christians. Using God¿s Word, he examines the defeated state of the believers. Then he opens up a revelation of the victorious, overcoming Christ in order to guide the reader into a subjective and daily experience of Christ¿s victory. The Overcoming Life teems with truth, reverberates with hope, and brings the reader to renewed consecration.

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In this book, Watchman Nee outlines the pathway for "those who have an ear to hear". Like a skilled physician, he first exposes the problems besetting seeking Christians. Using God's Word, he candidly examines the defeated state of the believers, then presses for a cute, opening up a revelation of the victorious, overcoming Christ.

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Studio: Living Stream Ministry
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   May 1, 1997
ISBN  1575938170  
ISBN13  9781575938172  

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Watchman Nee

Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation and supply to Christians throughout the world. For more details concerning Watchman Nee, please see

Watchman Nee was born in 1903 and died in 1972.

Watchman Nee has published or released items in the following series...

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Very insightful.  Jan 4, 2008
Everything I have read by Watchman Nee has blessed me including this book. I highly recommend it.
Book Review - THE OVERCOMING LIFE by Watchman Nee   Sep 25, 2007
The Overcoming Life is a collection of messages given by Watchman Nee in 1935. The key verse is Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

The book concerns how believers can obtain God's full salvation - that is, more than salvation from sin and eternal life, but also salvation from the issues we have in this life, such as temper, pride, and other things we do that are not pleasing to God. Nee explains how we can overcome these things.

The main point is that we can't overcome on our own. Even if we are saved, we can't do anything to change by our own strength. Instead, we must have our flesh nature exchanged for Christ's nature. It is an issue of replacement versus improvement.

Again, we are crucified with Christ. To overcome with Christ's victory, we must admit that we are not able to change on our own, and we must stop trying to change ourselves. This, I think, is the hardest part. Most of us feel like we have to try, to strive, to be good people, even though every one of us keeps failing. Nee gives this kind of example: say you can pick up 100 pounds. There is a load that weighs 200 pounds. You know you can't pick it up. Why even try?

Nee focuses a lot on Luke 18:22, where Jesus tells the rich young ruler who has kept all the commandments "There is still one thing lacking" for salvation. Each person, Nee says, has "one thing lacking", and many more than one. These things that are lacking are the things that we are hung up on, things that God must do for us.

Necessary for living the overcoming life is surrender and belief. Nee's is a very hands-off approach to faith - let God do everything! At first, this seems a little too hands-off. But the more one thinks about it, the more one thinks, well, who better to do these things than God? How far has all our striving gotten us. Real victory though Christ isn't about teeth-clenched endurance. When God overcomes, it's amazing, and you know about it.

Just had a breakthrough with chapter 3  Jun 8, 2006
I am a Christian and I enjoy reading Watchman Nee's publications. I just read chapter 3 and it gave me whole new light of overcoming.

You see I've been troubled by one thing/person for the last 5 years. Being a Christian for 4 years, I still see this obsticle as an overcome-mission-impossible. I seek the Lord's words and prayed a lot for the sitution. However I came to a conclusion that I could experience the Lord in a lot of aspects except this one. Obviously it is contradictory to what God and His overcoming life should be, so I was troubled and frustrated.

After I read chapter 3, I came to the understanding that I have nothing to do with overcoming. No matter what I do or what I make up my mind not to do, overcoming doesn't belong to me. It is God, the Lord, who is THE overcome. Overcome is a "person"!! It is not a built-up effort. Now I have the new life inside me. As long as the new life lives out instead of my old life, it's the overcoming! It is that easy. What a breakthrough!!

I have to praise the Lord that He has prepared these spiritual material for us in the world. They are full of life and truth. As a true seekers, we can really benefited by reading them so that we move forward on our Christian lives.
Amazing book!!!  May 16, 2006
Watchman Nee is very clear and simple in the points he makes in this book. The points he makes are absosutely astounding, they will blow you away. Every Christian needs to read this book!
Changed my life!  Feb 22, 2006
Watchman Nee had the ability to bring forth truth from scripture in simple and practical ways. This book had a huge impact on my life and my walk with Jesus Christ. It moved me through the threshold of a natural life to a spiritual life! This book and the Normal Christian Life by the same author has impacted my life more profoundly than any other books I have read, with the exception of the bible. Nee expounds the truth of the overcoming life from many different angles and by giving many of his own experiences with others, giving real life examples of how he helped others enter into the overcoming life in Christ. I highly recommend this one....its one that you will return to again and again!

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