Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Smith: the Spirit's guidance

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
    Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678
Good and upright is the LORD;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
    —Psalm 25:8-9 (NIV)
    The guidance of the Spirit is generally by gentle suggestions or drawings, and not in violent pushes; and it requires great childlikeness of heart to be faithful to it. The secret of being made willing lies in a definite giving up of our will. As soon as we put our will on to God’s side, He immediately takes possession of it and begins to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
    ... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Holy Life, M. E. Dieter, ed., Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan 1994, p. 134 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I feel the gentle touch of Your Spirit.
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