You could read volumes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when five minutes total, uncompromising obedience would make things as clear as sunlight.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Draw down God’s holy Spirit into your hearts; you will experience his gracious influence, and feel him enlightening, quickening, and inflaming your souls by the word of God; you will then not only read, but mark, learn, and inwardly digest what you read: and the word of God will be meat [i.e. nourishment] indeed.
George Whitefield (1714 – 1770)
Forgiveness is possible when the Holy Spirit works in our heart, directing our faith to the person and work of Christ, for the glory of God our Father – who forgave us and adopted us as his own.
Alfred Poirier, The Peacemaking Pastor (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006), 151.
Special thanks to Tammy H. who typed this week’s posts for me.
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.
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Prayer is the key of heaven; the Spirit helps faith to turn this key.
Thomas Watson (1620—1686)
We might as well preach to stone walls as preach to humanity unless the Holy Spirit be with the Word.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
How does the Lord Jesus work? He works by His truth. He works by his love. He works by His Holy Spirit. Now, how can a truth operate within an individual if the truth is not believed? Unbelief blocks the advance of the power of God in a person. The same is true of His love. How can His love bless and cherish if it’s not trusted? You may have someone who loves you profoundly and who does everything for you. But if you look with suspicion at every act he does, that love can never really become operative for you. Suspicion of love is the end of loves working.
Donald Grey Barnhouse, Mark: The Servant Gospel (Wheaton: Victor Books, 1988), 60.
We are not just dependent on Him [Christ]; we are desperately dependent on him. Because we so often equate Christlike character with ordinary morality, we fail to realize how impossible it is for us to attain any degree of conformity to Christ by ourselves. But if we take seriously the long list of Christlike character traits we are to put on, we see how impossible it is to grow in Christlikeness apart from the sanctifying influence and power of the Spirit in our lives.
Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991), 115.
The essence of the Christian religion consists in this, that the creation of the Father, devastated by sin, is restored in the death of the Son of God, and recreated by the Holy Spirit into the kingdom of God.
Herman Bavinck (1854-1921)
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