Subject: April 17th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

Now about that time Herod the king put forth his hands to afflict certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with his sword. Acts 12.1, 2.

Today many love to read the excellent letters of Paul, to hear of the great works of Peter, and to learn of the wonderful visions of John, but they altogether forget about his servant James. Yet how can we overlook the fact that all works of God are based on what James represents?

If there is not the suffering of James, the Lord will not be satisfied. For in His very coming into this world, our Lord Jesus stood in the place of the rejected. And if we therefore do not suffer with Him—and no matter what good works we may perform—we cannot satisfy His heart. Peter himself once declared, “Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also with the same mind” (1 Peter 4.1). Only by suffering can we overcome all things and complete the eternal purpose of God.

The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee

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