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别人可以,你不行!

乔治.华生


如果神呼召你,要你的全人像耶稣,祂就要引领你进入一个钉十字架、谦卑的生活。对于你的顺服,神有一个特别的要求,祂不允许你照别的基督徒的样子行。在许多事上,祂似乎允许其他好人去做,却不允许你去做。

别的看起来又虔诚又为主所用的基督徒和传道人,可以借由推销自己、用手段操纵、设诡计来完成他的计画,可是你不能这样做;而且如果你努力尝试这样做,你将会大大失败,且被主责备,使你万分懊悔。

别人可以拿他们自己、他们的工作、他们的成功、他们的著作来夸口,但圣灵绝不允许你那样做;如果你开始那样作,祂会使你遭到极大的羞辱,以致你鄙视自己和自己的成就。

祂允许别人发财、继承一笔遗产或者过着奢侈的生活,但神似乎要你一直贫穷,因为祂要你得着远胜金子的东西,那就是无倚无靠地来投靠祂,这样祂就能每天从那看不见的金库里,供应你的需要。

主叫别人被尊敬、出人头地,而使你隐藏不为人所知,因为祂为了祂的再临的荣耀,要培育出一些精选的、馨香的果子,这种果子都长在隐密的地方。

神会让别人伟大,却使你渺小,祂会让别人为祂工作而得到称赞,却使你劳苦而不知道成就了什么;然后为了使你的工作更显宝贵,祂甚至让别人抢走你所做之事的功劳!这样主耶稣来的时候,你要得到十倍的奖赏。

圣灵会用祂忌邪的爱严格地鉴察你,祂会因着你些微的话和感觉,或是因你浪费了时间而责备你,然而其他基督徒却从不为这些小事忧伤。

所以你何不下定决心,承认神是一位无限的统治者,祂有权利照祂所喜欢的来对待属祂的人,而且祂用你理智所不明白的方式来对待你,也不向你解释许多事情。祂要照你所说的话待你,如果你曾把自己完全卖给祂作奴隶,祂就要用祂忌邪的爱将你包裹起来,让别人说、做你所不能说、做的事。

永远将你自己摆在这样的地位上--直接让圣灵来管制你,而且祂有权利勒住你的舌头、或者捆住你的双手、或者闭上你的眼睛,但是祂并不如此管制别人。

当你如此地被这一位活的神所占有,以至于在内心深处欢喜、且极乐意让圣灵如此特别的、个别的、私下的、忌邪的监护并管理你的生活时,你就已经找到天堂的门厅了。

(选自恩光40期)


Others May - You Cannot

George D. Watson

If 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 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 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 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 money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but it is likely that 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 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.

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 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 which you have done, and this 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 feeling 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, and 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.

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 the vestibule of heaven.


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