Others May, You Cannot.
40 Days of Increase | Day 30
–by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Today your practical task is very simple. Read this old gospel tract. It greatly influenced my life and I have read it to reflect on it once every few years. It had a powerful impact in my life when I first trusted Christ. I hope it is a blessing to you. Don’t forget to pray first and ask God to speak to your heart. Pray for strength, wisdom and courage to do as Christ would have you do. I would credit the author if I had that information. Perhaps, if you think of a tract that had influence in your life you could share it with us in the comments section below.
This tract would represent the second half Antioch’s theme verse for 2017.
John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
As much as Christ must increase, we must decrease in so many ways, but mostly in the area of pride.
With that in mind here is the text from the original gospel tract, Others May, You Cannot.
If God has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. God’s call will put such demands of obedience on you that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians. At times, He will let other
people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians who seem very religious will push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans. You cannot, and if you attempt it, you will meet with failure and rebuke from the Lord.
Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their successes, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you to 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. God wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that He may demonstrate His faithful love for you in supplying your needs day by day.
God may let others be honored and put forward, and keep you hidden in obscurity in order to produce some fragrant fruit for His coming glory which can only be produced in the shade. He may let others be great, but keep you small. He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it now. The reward for your work is held in the hands of Jesus and you will not see it until He comes.
The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with a jealous love. He will rebuke you for the little words and feelings or for wasting your time. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign, and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He does not owe you an explanation of these mysteries. But if you give yourself to be His child, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and give you the precious blessings for those who belong, heart and soul, to Him.
Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit. It is His option to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes in ways that He does not seem to use with others. And when you are so possessed by the living God that your heart delights over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.
Philippians 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Have a humble and hidden day inside the sanctuary of Christ.
HE MUST INCREASE
You are invited.
May God revive us through His Word.
All are welcome for our 2017 Spring Revival at Antioch.
Sunday, March 26 at 11:00 am
Sunday, March 26 at 6:00 pm
Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
Wednesday is youth emphasis night with the young people leading the service and providing the music.
Nursery for babies and young children provided each service.
He must increase, but I must decrease. —John 3:30