Spirit-filled Preaching

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.

John Flavel (1628-1691)

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Memorize Scripture

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring back into the conscious mind the things that are stored in the subconscious. In studying the Bible, never think that because you do not understand it, therefore it is of no use. A truth may be of no use to you just now, but when the circumstances arise in which that truth is needed, the Holy Spirit will bring it back to your remembrance.

Oswald Chambers, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1995), 14.

The Combined Forces of the Trinity

The Father is intimately involved in our lives so that our circumstances train us in godliness. The Son has set us free from both the penalty and the power of sin so that we now live under the reign of grace. The Spirit gives us a new attitude toward sin and a new power to change.

The combined forces of the Trinity are at work in our lives to set us free and make us holy.

Tim Chester, You Can Change (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 53.

HT: Of First Importance