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moreofHim
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 Others may but you cannot

Forgive me if this has been posted before but I never grow tired of needing to hear this:

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."

G.D. Watson


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Chanin

 2003/11/1 19:30Profile
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 Re: Others may but you cannot

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but I never grow tired of needing to hear this


Let me first say Amen!
This is wonderful.
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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.


I hope I have not fallen into this error in recent times, in a previous post I had made mention of my consumption of 'spiritual things' and looking back it could be construed as boasting, which is not my intention...still it did prick my conscience and led to this thought:
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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


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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


Ouch!
This is a word in due season.
I could use to take heed to this.
Hopefully my overzealousness, my jumping to conclussions, my compulssion to respond to practically everything in this forum is seen for what I long for, namely to learn, to grow into the likeness of His Son and perhaps to be of some help.
Just hungry.
And needy.
Thank you for this.


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Mike Balog

 2003/11/2 12:07Profile
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 Re: Others may but you cannot

This is a very important word and I'm grateful it. Thank you, moreofHim, for posting it and, thank you, brother Greg, for recommending it to me. (In the Introduction Forum.)

I will keep this one available to read often.


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Keith

 2008/2/10 18:53Profile
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 Re: Others may but I cannot

Bless God for His love over us that He will continue to conform us into the image of Jesus. I am so thankful that He is patient and longsuffering toward me and filled with mercy. I have recently realized that much of what I have done in zeal and shared with others may be nothing more than clanging cymbals. I have turned people off instead of drawing them to our loving Saviour as He leads. I have figured that if I could see "it" not being any smarter than i am, everyone should see "it". Or.. how can someone that claims to be a christian do "that"? I repent of not loving people with Christ's love and seeing them with His eyes. The other day as I pondered this the scripture about a bruised reed He will not break, and a smoking flax He will not quench came to mind and I have to repent of the bruised reeds I have broken with my words or smoking and struggling flaxes I have quenched with my words or actions. I am so thankful that He loves me enough to endure my stiffnecked and slow to understand self. Praise God!!!! Blessings and thanksgiving Barry


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Barry Voss

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