Brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. My name is Mr. C. ... I am 27 yrs old, currently serving the fourth of a 13 yr sentence in the State of Virginia Department of Corrections. I am born again, 4 yrs. in Christ. As many prisoners in Christ often testify... I was not arrested, I was rescued. I know it is only because of God's grace and Christ's intercession on behalf of the prayers of loved ones that a way of escape from eternal death was provided for me. Were I not where I am, I would have surely died a few years ago.
Even in sentencing, God showed mercy unto me. I was guilty of and confessed to committing 4 armed robberies. I believed in God as a child and know He is real. I knew He knows all we do and nothing I'd done was hidden from His eyes. Neither could my ways be hidden any longer from my family, so under the pressure of interrogation I confessed my crimes and relieved my conscience I began to read the WORD and surrender pieces of myself to Christ. wanted Him to be more of my SAVIOR, rather than my LORD.
In spite of my self-incriminating testimony, I was delivered from 4 of 8 felony charges against me. For charges were null processed, one robbery was dropped to an attempt robbery; I received 6 yrs for two gun possessions and 7 yrs. for one armed robbery. Had I not been found guilty of the one robbery I would've only served 5 yrs. and would not value salvation and all God's done to deliver my soul from the snares of the enemy. It was after my trial and sentencing that I came to this verse in the Book of Proverbs which reads "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but who ever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." Proverbs 28:13 Throughout my new journey with the LORD I've been aware of His presence, guidance and love in my life. I'm particularly fond of John 16:13 "..when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.."
A year ago, I came across The Spiritual Man by Watchman Nee through a brother in Christ. Being young in Christ and hardened, I'm impatient with everything, myself, others, reading material, etc. So I did not patiently comb through the literature as I should have, section by section. However, I do have what seems to be an appetite for understanding, especially concerning ideas I relate with or situations I find myself undergoing and subject to.
As I read Nee's writings of the passive mind, it's symptoms and the awareness of the believer concerning bondage, I felt as if he were reading my thoughts and writing my life before my very eyes. Never in my life have I been exposed to such knowledge, detailed knowledge of the operation of the spirit realm and it's affect upon our lives. I have read inspirational, instructional booklets from men and women of God who've been blessed with spiritual experiences, but I've never read a book with the clarity in understanding and revelation that is exposed in the Spiritual Man.
It's not a book one reads and puts away. It is to me, the Bible companion. No other book, than the Bible, compels and draws me to read and meditate, ponder and apply it's instructions like this book. That's how I know it is of God and it is truth. I took notes from the sections I read, because I know I'd have to part with the copy I was blessed to read. I have again been fortunate to cross the path of a brother with this book, but he too knows it's immeasurable, invaluable, priceless contents. It's not a book one parts with, nor is it one to lightly esteem and disregard.
The Word says in the Book of James 4:2 "..you have not, because you ask not."" Therefore in faith in Christ, I request of you (providing you have a copy to give at little or no expense) a personal copy of Watchman Nee's 'The Spiritual Man'. I do not know the price of the book. I earn .35 per hour for the hours I attend vocational school and work. If I must purchase the book, I request that you respond and send your asking price or a discount price if there is such. No amount of money or small sacrifice can compare to the wealth of spiritual knowledge I will obtain through months and years of prayerful study, application and experience of it's contents. Even more so than the knowledge I desire to have, is the victory and freedom I long to possess and enjoy; the freedom Christ died to give me.
In my short walk in this new life I have come to realize, when I am faithful with what I'm given, to use it and share it with others, God gives me more, whether it's material goods, understanding, knowledge, love, etc. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth and I believe the LORD has ordered my steps to attain and possess the knowledge of Christ and the spirit realm, dispensed by the Spirit through Watchman Nee, for my freedom and His perfect will in my life, as well as for, the freedom of so many other believers bound by the enemy. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6
Thank you for your time and cooperation. May the father of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST reward your service in ministering unto the saints though your publication, enlarge your territory and prosper you and your households in all things. Grace and peace be multiplied to you. Redeem the time, for the days are evil. Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. He is coming. The Lord is with you.
With love in Christ's name,