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 good 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


Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success,

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


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 on 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 you 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 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 wasting

your time, which other Christians never seem to get 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

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.



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