Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Others May - You Cannot

Others May - You Cannot

June 10, 2014 at 8:23pm

If anyone wishes to come after Me, 
he must deny himself, 
and take up his cross 
and follow Me. 
For whoever wishes to save his life 
will lose it; 
but whoever loses his life 
for My sake 
will find it.
~ Jesus
(Matthew 16:24-25)

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit,
He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility.
He will put on you such demands of obedience
that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians.
In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things
which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful
may push themselves, pull wires,
and scheme to carry out their plans,
but you cannot.
If you attempt it,
you will meet with such failure
and rebuke from the Lord
as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings,
but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing.
If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification
that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money,
or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries,
but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis,
because He wants you to have something far better than gold,
a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward
while keeping you hidden in obscurity
because He wants to produce some choice,
fragrant fruit for His coming glory,
which can only be produced in the shade.

God may let others be great, but keep you small.
He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit,
but He will make you work and toil
without knowing how much you are doing.

Then, to make your work still more precious,
He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done;
this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility,
and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you,
and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings,
or for wasting your time,
which other Christians never seem distressed over.

So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign
and has a right to do as He pleases with His own,
and that He may not explain to you a thousand things
which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God will take you at your word.
If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave,
He will wrap you up in a jealous love
and let other people say and do many things that you cannot.
Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit,
He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue
or chaining your hand
or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with.

know this great secret of the Kingdom:
When you are so completely possessed
with the Living God
that you are,
in your secret heart,
pleased and delighted
over this peculiar,
jealous guardianship
and management of the Holy Spirit over your life,
you will have found the vestibule of heaven,
the high calling of God.

~ G.D. Watson

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