Subject: August 27th— Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

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And seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary unto them, about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them. Mark 6.48. 

The period of the fourth watch is obviously the darkest hour during the entire night and it also brings an end to the night. Now it is just such a time as this that we must press on. I well realize that we all have temptations and trials. Yet the greatest peril today is to cool off a little, to compromise somewhat, or to take a brief nap — for we are really tired. At the beginning there was strength to stand, for we were under the constraint of love. But the intervening period has now become so long and the struggle has grown so very difficult that it is easy to become cold. 

One brother once commented that he rarely sees people anymore who are still zealous in the Lord’s work after fifty years of age. Cooling off one’s ardor and faithfulness somewhat is a thing harder to overcome than all other temptations. To overcome sin is possible, but to not become cold from constant sailing against the wind is almost impossible. 

This daily devotional comes from the book 
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee.
The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee