John Wesley: the aid of the Spirit
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
—1 John 2:27 (NIV)
General rules are easily laid down. But it is not possible to apply them accurately in particular cases, without the anointing of the Holy One: this alone, abiding with us, can teach us of all things. Thus our general rule is, “Thou shalt do no murder;” which plainly forbids every thing that tends to impair health; and implies that we use every probable means of preserving or restoring it. But when we come to apply this to particular instances, we are presently in a labyrinth, and want that anointing which alone can make plain the way before our face, and direct us to do, in every minute circumstance, what is acceptable to God.
You have abundant reason to praise God, both for spiritual and temporal blessings. Beware of indulging gloomy thoughts: they are the bane of thankfulness. You are encompassed with ten thousand mercies, let these sink you into humble thankfulness.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), in a letter, Apr. 26, 1777, The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. X, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1827, p. 310 (see the book)
See also 1 John 2:27; Matt. 26:53; John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:9-13; 1 John 2:20
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, Your Spirit instructs me.
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