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 Leonard Ravenhill's Letters; Tract OThers may, you cannot

I saw these letters and the tract of Leonard Ravenhill before? Can someone show me how to relocate it? I tried Google :) There was a tract from Leonard RAvenhill entitled: "Others may you cannot". Thanks

 2014/9/10 4:20Profile

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 Re: Leonard Ravenhill's Letters; Tract OThers may, you cannot

Here's the text of the tract:


If God has called you to really be like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways, He will seem to let other people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians, and ministers, who seem very religious, and useful, may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord, as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, or their work, or their successes, or their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification, that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an "unseen treasury."

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and keep 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 He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing: and then to make your work all the more precious, He may let others get credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your reward ten times greater when Jesus comes!

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never feel distressed over. So, make up your mind, that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has the right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealing with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.

Settle it forever then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue, or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others. Now, when you are so possessed with the living God, that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the "vestibule of Heaven."

 2014/9/11 0:13Profile

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This really speaks to my heart. I have read it before, but God used your post to bring it to me again. Reminds me of a similar writing by Tozer of the loneliness of the Christian walk. Really a blessing....thank you!

 2014/9/11 9:08Profile

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This tract was posted here a few years back, I found.

Here is a copy of the tract itself.

I found references to it accrediting it to G.D. Watson instead of Ravenhill, too. Anyone weigh in to say for sure?


 2014/9/11 18:25Profile

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 Re: Leonard Ravenhill's Letters; Tract OThers may, you cannot

I remember the file being over 100 MB of scanned letters, most handwritten. This link has a 16 MB file of a selection of the selection.

 2014/9/11 22:37Profile

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Thank you all!

For some reason, these proceeding links do not seem to be working for ME.


This is a wonderful scanned tract that was actually marked by Leonard Ravenhill and has now been scanned and sent to me. I trust it will be a blessing to many on the site here who view this thread. Do feel free to print these out and read them. The tract is by a puritan author: G.D. Watson

Tract - Side 1

Tract - Side 2

Do you have access to the 100MB one? I believe I did see it somewhere.

I also saw this link that wasn't working for ME but it may be working for someone else.

Dear Saints,

It is wonderful that a saint of the Lord has written out some of Leonard Ravenhill's personal letters he wrote. There are many spiritual gems in these and they are worth the value in gold. What a privilege to have them all here to view and print off. Maybe some saints could type out some of the excerpts that blessed or impacted them.

 2014/9/13 22:18Profile

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Actually, G.D. Watson was an old Holiness Methodist minister around the turn of the 1900's. Great author. Schmul publishing has reprinted many of his works.


 2014/9/14 0:07Profile

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