The Holy Spirit
In my sober judgment the relation of the Spirit to the believer is the most vital question the church faces today.
Keys to the Deeper Life, 15.
The Holy Spirit: Confirming Signs
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. –Mark 16:20
Such words as these in the second chapter of Hebrews stand as a rebuke to the unbelieving Christians of our day: “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.” A cold Church is forced to “interpret” such language. She cannot enter into it, so she explains it away. Not a little juggling is required, and not a few statements for which there is not scriptural authority, but anything will do to save face and justify our half-dead condition. Such defensive exegesis is but a refuge for unbelieving orthodoxy, a hiding place for a Church too weak to stand.
No one with a knowledge of the facts can deny the need for supernatural aid in the work of world evangelization. We are so hopelessly outclassed by the world’s superior strength that for us it means either God’s help or sure defeat. The Christian who goes out without faith in “wonders” will return without fruit. No one dare be so rash as to seek to do impossible things unless he has first been empowered by the God of the impossible. “The power of the Lord was there” is our guarantee of victory. Paths to Power, 12-13.
“May the power of the Lord be with me in my ministry today, so that I might not be ‘outclassed by the world’s superior strength.’ Amen.”
On this day…
- April 20, 2014 – 2014
- Calvin on the Active Obedience of Christ – 2014
- If God Answers Prayer – 2007
- Isaiah 6:5 – 2007
- Defining Qualities of a 360 Degree Leader – 2007
- Excruciating Experience – 2007
- From Six Hours One Friday – 2007
- Heretic Evil – 2007
- A Life Of Involvement – 2007
- Success Connected With Action – 2007