Thursday, April 13, 2023

Murray: displacing the Spirit

Thursday, April 13, 2023
    I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
    —Galatians 3:2-3 (NIV)
    I fear that if you take the preaching throughout the Church of Christ and ask why there is, alas! so little converting power in the preaching of the Word, why there is so much work and often so little result for eternity, why the Word has so little power to build up believers in holiness and in consecration,—the answer will come: It is the absence of the power of the Holy Ghost. And why is this? There can be no other reason but that the flesh and human energy have taken the place that the Holy Ghost ought to have.
    ... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Absolute Surrender, Bible Institute Colportage Association, 1897, p. 86 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 3:2-3; Acts 8:14-17; 10:44-47; Rom. 1:17; 10:16-17; 1 Cor. 3:1; Gal. 5:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send Your Holy Spirit to draw the people to You.
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