Ministers are like trumpets, which make no sound if breath be not breathed into them. Or like Ezekiel’s wheels, which move not unless the Spirit move them. Or like Elisha’s servants whose presence does no good unless Elisha’s spirit be there also.
The heart is the treasury, the hand and tongue but the shops; what is in these, comes from that; the hand and tongue always begin where the heart ends.
A man may go with a heedless spirit from ordinance to ordinance, abide all his days under the choicest teaching, and yet never be improved by them; for heart-neglect is a leak in the bottom — no heavenly influences, however rich, abide in that soul.
Your delight and readiness in the paths of obedience is the very measure of your sanctification.