Others May. You Cannot.

I ran across this quote:

“If god has called you to be like Christ, He may draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put on you such demands of obedience that He will not allow you to follow 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, 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 meet such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent. Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writing, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such things, 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 will be allowed to succeed in making money… but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, and that is 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 will let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hid away in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice fragrant fruit for His coming glory. He will let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him, and get the credit for it, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you… rebuking you for little words and feelings, or for wasting time. God is an Infinite Sovereign; He has the right to do as He pleases with His own. Settle in forever, then that you are to deal directly with the Lord Jesus–that He is to have the Privilege of tying your tongue, chaining your hands or closing your eyes in ways that He does not deal with others. Then you will have found the vestibule of heaven.

Others may. You cannot.”

— G. D. Watson

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”

— Philippians 3:7-8

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One Response to “Others May. You Cannot.”

  1. Frank Martens Says:

    Absolutely fantastic!

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