Posted by: the watchmen | November 21, 2007

CH Spurgeon – 21 November

November 21-Morning {Daily Reading: #Ro 8:1-10:21} {Quick Study: #Ro 12:1-14:23}

“Grieve not the Holy Spirit.” {#Eph 4:30}

All that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes
solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Moreover, as
all blessings thus flow to you through the Holy Spirit, so also
no good thing can come out of you in holy thought, devout
worship, or gracious act, apart from the sanctifying operation
of the same Spirit. Even if the good seed be sown in you, yet it
lies dormant except he worketh in you to will and to do of his
own good pleasure. Do you desire to speak for Jesus—how can you
unless the Holy Ghost touch your tongue? Do you desire to pray?
Alas! what dull work it is unless the Spirit maketh intercession
for you! Do you desire to subdue sin? Would you be holy? Would
you imitate your Master? Do you desire to rise to superlative
heights of spirituality? Are you wanting to be made like the
angels of God, full of zeal and ardour for the Master’s cause?
You cannot without the Spirit—”Without me ye can do nothing.” O
branch of the vine, thou canst have no fruit without the sap! O
child of God, thou hast no life within thee apart from the life
which God gives thee through his Spirit! Then let us not grieve
him or provoke him to anger by our sin. Let us not quench him
in one of his faintest motions in our soul; let us foster every
suggestion, and be ready to obey every prompting. If the Holy
Spirit be indeed so mighty, let us attempt nothing without him;
let us begin no project, and carry on no enterprise, and
conclude no transaction, without imploring his blessing. Let us
do him the due homage of feeling our entire weakness apart from
him, and then depending alone upon him, having this for our
prayer, “Open thou my heart and my whole being to thine
incoming, and uphold me with thy free Spirit when I shall have
received that Spirit in my inward parts.”

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