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If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you to 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. 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. 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 success, of their writing, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin it, He will lead you into such 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 ( your complete trust ) so that He may have the privilege of supplying your needs --day by day- out of His unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, yet 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 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 the 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 seem 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 obedient servant, 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 is to have the privilege of tying your tongue ( or pen ), or chaining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways 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 a much deeper relationship with your Lord.

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