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20 May, 2014 17:00

May 20, 2014

This old but yet timely tract has touched the lives of thousands over the years. It’s message, while seldom heard today, is nevertheless needed now more than ever before. The crucified life has long ago been replaced by ‘your greatest life now’. Jesus role as Lord and Master has been reduced to that of a servant and personal coach to aid us in our quest to greatness and notoriety.

I trust that as you read this you will be challenged, changed and conquered by God to have His rightful place in your life. D. Ravenhill


If God has called you to be really like Jesus He will draw you into a life of crucifixion If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Others who seem to be very religious and useful, may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, 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 only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury.

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

God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature. The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless 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, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you. God will take you at your word; 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. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely 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, the high calling of God.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. leastofall permalink
    May 20, 2014 5:36 pm

    Good word and so badly needed among the celebrity era we live in. The 5000 are still hidden who have not bowed their knees.

  2. Bonnie permalink
    May 20, 2014 6:48 pm

    Agree. Thank you.

  3. Randy Richards permalink
    May 20, 2014 11:34 pm

    I remember that tract, though it was good then and it’s still good today.

  4. May 22, 2014 9:26 am

    Wow, beautiful truth…painful but real.

  5. June 8, 2014 12:14 pm

    Thanks for being faithful to Him in the last days! It will become more and more difficult now to live openly for Christ and persecution will return to the true Church. This will have a wonderful way in separating the true sheep from the goats. In a few years, it will become obvious to all the world who is really a follower of Christ and who is not! What has happened in the Church in China will eventually become the world-wide standard for those who really want revival. The price to follow Jesus is the same as it has always been–it costs everything.

  6. June 15, 2014 4:19 pm

    This Father’s Day I would like to personally honor all of my Spiritual Fathers through the years. My list is too long to include each name here, but I just wanted to say something in thanks to David and his own father, who are both Spiritual Fathers to many in the Body of Christ. The Youth Movement of the 1960s started a prolonged downgrading of the influence of father figures since then. The present day Church is largely under this worldly orientation and desperately NEEDS, but doesn’t WANT the Godly influence of Spiritual Fathers! I just wanted to give my own offering of THANKS to the Ravenhills for being FAITHFUL fathers to the Church in these difficult times. Being a father is never an EASY assignment, but it is extremely important to the children. The Children of God desperately need true Fathers in Christ like the Apostle Paul, who was willing to tell the truth even when it wasn’t popular. HAPPY FATHERS DAY! From Joe

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