If God has called you to really be like Jesus in all your spirit, He will
draw you into a like 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 and ministers who seem very religious and useful may push
themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you
can not 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 can 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 allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a
legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you daily,
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 providing
your needs day by day out of the unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others be honoured, and put forward, and keep you hid away
in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for
His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

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

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, with a jealous love, and
will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time,
which other Christians never seemed 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, and He will not explain to you a thousand
things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you.

God 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 if 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 His 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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