But the victory is not in ourselves, not in any strength of our own. Left to ourselves, deserted by the Spirit of God, we would be as helpless as ever. If we try to take one step in our own strength, we will fail. Romans Will you let Him do it now? Simply give up all self-effort to stop sinning. Believe in the divine power of the Holy Spirit to set you free, and give yourself to Him to do it.
He will not fail you. The Holy Spirit brings forth Christlike graces of character in the believer Romans ; ; It is a beautiful life that is set forth in these verses. Every word is worthy of earnest study and profound meditation: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. The Christ-life is the life we long for. If you desire these graces in your character and in your life, renounce yourself and all your attempts at holiness. Then let the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you, take full control and bear His own glorious fruit. Only when we put away our own righteousness will we find the righteousness of God Philippians ; Romans Only when we put away our own wisdom will we find the wisdom of God 1 Corinthians ; Matthew ; 1 Corinthians And only when we put away our own strength will we find the strength of God Isaiah ; 2 Corinthians ; 1 Corinthians Emptying must precede filling.
Self must be poured out so that Christ may be poured in. We must be taught daily by the Holy Spirit to understand the Word of God. I cannot depend today on the fact that the Spirit taught me yesterday. Each new contact with the Word must be in the power of the Spirit. That the Holy Spirit once illumined our minds to grasp a certain passage is not enough. Many a sharp blade has been blunted by the hard heart.
We cannot reach the soul; but the Holy Spirit can. He can give a sense of blood-bought pardon that will dissolve a heart of stone. He can,. He has power over the hearts of men and women. And here is a glorious proof of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit that he has rule over the heart. The will, especially in some men and women, is a very stubborn thing, and in all men and women, if the will is once stirred up in opposition, there is nothing that can be done with them. Some believe in freewill. Many dream of freewill. Where is that to be found? Once there was freewill in Paradise, and freewill made a terrible mess there, for it spoiled all of Paradise and turned Adam and Eve out of the garden.
Freewill once existed in heaven, but it turned the glorious archangel out and a third part of the angels of heaven fell into the abyss. I want nothing to do with freewill, but I will try to see whether I have a free will within me. And I find that I have.
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I have a very free will to commit evil, but a very poor will to do that which is good. I demonstrate my freewill when I sin, but when I want to do good evil is present with me, and I cannot carry it out. Yet some boast of freewill. I know I have no power. I have read all about the great preachers, Rowland Hill, and George Whitfield, and several others to see what their secret was; but I cannot discover from them any plan that would work in turning your wills.
I cannot coax you; and you will not yield by any other means. The Holy Spirit has power over the will. And yet there is one thing more which I think is worse than the will. The will is somewhat worse than the heart to bend but there is one thing that exceeds the will in its wickedness, and that is the imagination. I hope that my will is managed by Divine Grace, but I am afraid that at times, my thoughts are not.
Those who have a fair share of imagination know what a difficult thing it is to control.
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You cannot restrain it. It will break the reins. You will never be able to manage it. It sometimes has such power that it can almost see the King in his beauty, and the land which is very far off. With regard to myself, my imagination will sometimes take me over the gates of iron, across that infinite unknown, to the very gates of pearl, and discovers the blessed home of the glorified. But if it is powerful one way it is also powerful in another; for my imagination has taken me down to the vilest gutters and sewers of the earth.
It has given me thoughts so dreadful, that while I could not avoid them, yet I was thoroughly horrified at them. These thoughts will come, and when I feel in the holiest frame of mind, the most devoted to God, and the most earnest in prayer, it often happens that that is the very time when the plagues breaks out the worst.
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But I rejoice and think of one thing, that I can cry out to the Holy Spirit when these thoughts come upon me. I know it is said in the Book of Deuteronomy, when an act of rape was committed, that if the girl cried out against it, then her life was to be spared. So it is with the Christian. If they cry out there is hope. Can you chain your imagination? No; but the power of the Holy Spirit can.
Yes, he will do it, and He does it throughout all of eternity; He does it even on earth today. There are two kinds of perfection which a Christian needs-one is the perfection of justification in the person of Jesus; and the other is, the perfection of sanctification worked in them by the Holy Spirit.
Presently corruption still resides even in the hearts of the regenerate. At present the heart is partially impure. At present there are still lusts and evil thoughts. But, Oh! And is it true that this poor depraved heart is to become as holy as that of God? Joyful hour! May it soon come!
At the moment of my death, sanctification will be finished; but not till that moment will I ever claim perfection in myself. It will be put in the crucible for its final refinement in the furnace; and then, free from all impurities, and fine like a wedge of pure gold, it will be presented at the feet of God without the least degree of impurities or contamination. O glorious hour! O blessed moment!
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To be washed white, clean, pure, perfect! No angel will be more pure than I will be-yes, as holy as God himself! Another great work of the Holy Spirit which is not yet accomplished is the bringing on of the latter-day glory. There are diversities of ministries; and during the last few years it has been the case that the diversified ministries have consisted in very little pouring out of the Spirit.
Ministers have gone on in a dull routine, continually preaching-preaching-preaching, and little good has been accomplished.
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I do hope that perhaps a fresh era has begun, and that there is a better pouring out of the Spirit even now. For the hour is coming, and it may be that it now is, when the Holy Spirit will be poured out again in such a wonderful manner that many will go here and there to increase knowledge-the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth just as the waters cover the surface, when his kingdom will come, and his will, will be done on earth even as it is in heaven. We are not going to be dragging on forever. For that let us pray: let us continually labor for it, and seek it from God. One more future work of the Holy Spirit which will clearly show his power is the general resurrection.
We have reason to believe from Scripture that the resurrection of the dead, while it will be effected by the voice of God and of his Word, the Son will also be brought about by the Holy Spirit. That same power which raised Jesus Christ from the dead, will also cause your mortal bodies to come alive. The power of the resurrection is perhaps one of the finest proofs of the works of the Spirit. What would we see? Bones, carcasses, rottenness, worms, and decay. Can they rise up? See them scattered: bone comes to his bone! See their bare skeletons: flesh comes on them!
We must now have a moment or two for practical application. Oh, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the Holy Spirit is very powerful! What do you infer from that fact? The power of the Holy Spirit is your protection, and all his omnipotence defends you. Can your enemies overcome omnipotence? If they could then they can conquer you. Can they wrestle with Deity, and throw him to the ground? If they could then they might be able to conquer you. Jesus Christ had this spiritual understanding in abundance.
The traditional Christian view of the Holy Spirit presents it not only as the power of God, but also a third person with the Father and Son in a Trinity. For example, the Holy Spirit is referred to as a gift Acts Acts And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
We are told that it can be quenched 1 Thessalonians 1 Thessalonians Quench not the Spirit. It must be stirred up within us 2 Timothy 2 Timothy Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. These are certainly not attributes of a person.