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 Others May, You Cannot

by G D Watson

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.
(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. However, 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, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.

By G.D. Watson

G.D.Watson (1845-1924) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister and evangelist based in Los Angeles. His evangelistic campaigns took him to England, the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea. He also wrote several books.


 2005/12/1 7:31Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

A classic! Thanks for posting this again. I am sure there may be newer members who have never read this. This is one of my favorite writings to share.

You can also find more of Watson's writings here: [url=]Pilgrims Path-Soul Food[/url]

In Him, Chanin


 2005/12/1 7:49Profile

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Thank you both,

This is the message to my heart that I'm consistently hearing from the Holy Spirit. Thanks for the post and the link Chanin. Not sure I can handle this and the Rees Howells stuff too!

Ed Pugh

 2005/12/1 15:24Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

So true! I have found this to be the case in my own life. When Christ is really using us He will begin a humbling of us so that we allow Him to be the minister to other people's souls. He wants people who are humble enough to let Him intervene rather than people who religiously choose to interfere.

 2005/12/1 15:44Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

Thanks for posting this! :-)

Jonathan Veldhuis

 2005/12/1 16:14Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

Yes, Thank You.

 2005/12/1 17:39Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

That is excellent. I for one am one of the new members who have never read that before. It was like the Holy Spirit was directing that to me. Again excellent post.

Mike Androne

 2005/12/1 17:52Profile

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I do think that more of these type of materials need to be posted on the forums. how timely. Bless the Lord.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/12/1 17:57Profile

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 Re: Others May, You Cannot

Appreciated the sentiments expressed in this article.

After reading it I thought of people who will use the excuse that God allows them to do 'whatever' even if you can't when confronted about their inconsistencies..."Sure, maybe you can't, but I CAN!!" Sounds a tad bit arrogant, don't you think?!

I am going to copy/paste this into my own archives for future reference.


Sandra Miller

 2005/12/1 19:01Profile

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 Re: Getting back on track

After reading it I thought of people who will use the excuse that God allows them to do 'whatever' even if you can't when confronted about their inconsistencies..."Sure, maybe you can't, but I CAN!!"

Yes, this article has an amazing way of realigning our focus towards God's desire for us.

I felt a need to post it, perhaps for my own sake, being involved in the OSAS discussion, which, though needed, can easily move us away from the right focus.

When I first saw this article, many years ago, I was going through a lot of "culling" and I was becoming discouraged. These words reminded me that God was indeed involved in my life, and had a much higher purpose for me than I had realized.
He wasn't restricting me because I was bad (what happens in earthly discipline) but because I was very special to him.


 2005/12/2 12:55Profile

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