1 October 2010 (Sheshi/Kippur)|
Day #199, 5934 AM
Others, Yes - You, No
Maintaining a Biblical Perspective of Self
George Douglas Watson (1845-1924) wrote:
As we enter this critical Roman month of October, let us get ourselves into divine perspective and away from a fleshy one.
"If [Elohim] called you to be really like [Yah'shua], 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, and in many ways He will seem to let other 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 cannot do it; and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the [Master] as to make you sorely penitent.
"Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their success, of their writings, but the [Ruach haQodesh] 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 may be allowed to succeeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely [Elohim] will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence on Him, that he may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.
[Yahweh] may let others be honoured and put forward, and 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 be great, bit keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit of 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 [Yah'shua] comes.
"The [Ruach haQodesh] will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for a little words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that [Elohim] 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 absoluteky sell yourself to be His...slave, 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 [Ruach haQodesh], and that [She] is to have the privilege of tying your tongue [like a Mther], or chaining your hand, or c°losing your eyes, in ways that he does not even seento use with others. Now when you are so possessed with the living [Elohim] that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the [Ruach haQodesh] over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven" (commentary and cosmetic substitutions made in [square brackets]).
 George Douglas Watson in Well of Oath