"Have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of Darkness
but rather EXPOSE THEM!"
"I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh."
If God has called you to really be 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 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 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.
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 comes.
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 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.
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 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 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.
"I can do all things through Christ,
Who strengthens me."
Christ's spirituality was not that He was remote from what was practical in everyday life. It was that He was bringing heavenly forces and resources to bear upon the practical matters of everyday life. You can wash doors, or clothes, or floors - or do any of these ordinary domestic things - in spirituality. People seem to think that spiritual work and ordinary work - household work, for example - are two different things. They talk about the spiritual work and the other work. Now, you can bring heavenly resources in to do anything that is legitimate, and the doing of those things may be a testimony.
The majority of people have no occasion to draw upon heavenly resources for a platform ministry. For the most part their work is of some regular, daily kind; and very often they feel utterly unable for it, and they are tempted to think that if they had some spiritual ministry to fulfill - if they had to go and take a meeting or speak to some souls about spiritual matters - they could make a claim upon the Lord for help and He would carry them through. For the trivial round and common task such a thought is all too often wholly absent from the mind. Now, exactly the same resources have to come into the ordinary work as into what we call spiritual work. It has all to be done on a spiritual basis and therefore to be a testimony. To get through an ordinary day's work often requires something more than ordinary human resources. Spirituality consists in our doing everything as out from heaven. Let us be careful how we draw a line, lest we make a distinction between the spiritual and "the rest."By T. Austin-Sparks from: Boundless Heavenly Resources