God is putting His finger on a lot of things that we have permitted in our lives. Let us be
obedient to the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. OTHERS MAY....YOU CANNOT.
God has called you to be really like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility and
will put in you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians...and in many ways He will
appear to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
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 brag on themselves, on their work, on their success, on 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 will be allow to succeed in making money,
or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have
something 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 hidden away in obscurity, because He wants to reproduce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which
can be produced only in the shade. 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 let others get the credit for the work which you have done, and thus will 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 seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Soverign, and has a right to do as He pleases with
His own. He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you. He will take
you at your word; and 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 do or say.
SETTLE IT FOREVER 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 deal with others. And 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.