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Others May, You May Not

Parts of this came as a good and timely Word for me…maybe something in this is for you too.

Others May, You May Not

by G.D. Watson (1845-1924)

If God has called you to be really like Christ in all your spirit, He will 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.Others can brag on themselves, and 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.

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 glory, which can be produced only in the shade.

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.

God will let others be great, but He will keep you small. He will let others do a great work for Him and get 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 will let others get the credit for the work you have done, and this will make your reward ten times greater when He comes.

The Holy Spirit will put 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 Sovereign, and has a right to do what He pleases with His own, and He will not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle you in His dealing with you. 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 others are not dealt with.

Now, when you are so possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this particular 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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The Beauty of Suffering

Why is it that consistently those persecuted for faith show in their lives and speak in ways that show they simply seem to love the Lord a lot more because of it?

I read something last night in the Voice of Martyrs magazine that really spoke to my heart. It has to do with suffering – something we prefer to avoid yet we all are either going through a trying time or we will and what he said gave me some real perspective.

This comes from a 27 year old Egyptian believer named Mohammed Hegazy. Quoting from the article.

“He and his wife are Christians who converted from Islam…After becoming a Christian 11 years ago, Hegazy was beaten regularly by his father until he moved out of the house two years later. In addition, he was tortured several times by Egyptian police. They tied a blindfold around his eyes, hung him upside down by ropes, beat him and shocked him with electric batons trying to gather information about other Christians…Islamic religious leaders have called for his death. Hegazy’s house was burned to the ground, and his family is now in hiding…when asked his thoughts on what the Apostle Paul calls tribulations, Hegazy told us, “I think that suffering is a most beautiful part of the Christian faith because Christianity without pain, without suffering, without hard times is like ready made food (fast food). There’s nothing true in it. It’s very superficial, very shallow””

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

Keep pressing into Him and His kingdom.