Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Secret Power - D.L.Moody
How much we have dishonoured Him in the past! How ignorant of His grace and love and presence we have been! True, we have heard of Him and read of Him, but we have had little intelligent knowledge of His attributes, His offices, and His relations to us....
Let others reject, if they will, at their an peril, this imperishable truth. I believe, and am growing more into this belief, that divine, miraculous, creative power resides in the Holy Spirit...
Unless He attend the word in power, vain will be the attempt in preaching it. Human eloquence or persuasiveness of speech are mere trappings of the dead. If the living Spirit be absent, the prophet may preach to the bones in the valley, but it must be the breath from heaven that will cause the slain to live....
If we want that power to quicken our friends who are dead in sin, we must look to God, and not be looking to man to do it. If we look to ministers, if we look alone to Christ's disciples to do this work, we shall be disappointed. If we look to the Spirit of God and expect it to come from Him and Him alone, then we shall honour the Spirit, and the Spirit will do His work.
I cannot help but believe that there are many Christians who want to be more efficient in the Lord's service. It's from the Holy Spirit that we may expect this power.
(Quoted in Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala)
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." John 3:8
One of my favourite writers and theologians J. I. Packer: In His Own Words from Crossway on Vimeo .