Dying to Self
My friend from South Carolina sent this to me, I don't know the author
OTHERS MAY YOU CANNOT ! If God has called you to be really 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, of their work, of their successes,
of 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 still 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 a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not explain to you
a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings 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 must have the right to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close 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.
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