Monday, July 27, 2009

MEDITATIONS ON HOLY SPIRIT

However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
(John 16:7 - AMP)



"Some souls think that the Holy Spirit is very far away, far, far, up above. Actually he is, we might say, the divine Person who is most closely present to the creature. He accompanies him everywhere. He penetrates him with himself. He calls him, he protects him. He makes of him his living temple. He defends him. He helps him. He guards him from all his enemies. He is closer to him than his own soul. All the good a soul accomplishes, it carries out under his inspiration, in his light, by his grace and his help".
-Concepcion Cabrera de Armida


"Man's good opinion of himself makes him think it quite possible to win God's favour by his own religious performances; his bad opinion of God makes him unwilling and afraid to put his case wholly into His hands. The object of the Holy Spirit's work (in convincing of sin) is to alter the man's (sinner's) opinion of himself and so to reduce his estimate of his own character that he should think of himself as God does, and so cease to suppose it possible that he can be justified by any excellency of his own. The Spirit then alters his evil opinion of God, so as to make him see that the God with whom he has to do is really the God of all grace".
-Horatius Bonar


"You look back on your life. You may be disappointed in many ways with your part in the business. You may be able to see many falterings and blunderings and mistakes that you on your side made. You may have sometimes felt that you were not the person for that job; God had made a mistake. Some of us have felt like that. And yet, as we look more deeply into God's ways with us and know God's principles, we see a wonderful logic in it all. You and I are called for something, laid hold of by God for something, put by God into something, and we feel, God has made a mistake: I am not the person for this, I ought never to have come into this, I have no qualifications for this, I am altogether the wrong peg here! And yet, somehow or other, God does it. He enables you, He carries you through, He accomplishes the work to your own surprise and wonder As you lay hold of the Holy Spirit, it is done that is, if you do not sink down into yourself and give up and draw out because of what you are but you lay hold of the Holy Spirit and you get through and marvel that you have got through, that the Lord has done this thing through you, through me."

- T. Austin Sparks

4 comments:

karl cobos said...

Wow...nice comment by Concepcion, "He is closer to him than his own soul!"

Yes, the breath of God is as close as my own.

You and I are called for something, laid hold of by God for something, put by God into something...He enables you, He carries you through, He accomplishes the work to your own surprise and wonder - T. Austin Sparks

I speak to nations with this writing I pulled from yesterday's blog,from P. Nancy, I believe...
The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God.

Avatar said...

How glorious and trusting is God to prefer to send His Spirit, hidden in us, to be found, or not, and to trust the building of His Kingdom on earth to those who do.

Avatar said...

Interesting...New Jerusalem cycled on the playlist as I hit send.

karl said...

word ver: midsism

hmmm...getting so comfortable in those zones of life where you can't move forward unless you have vision or fully understand and pursue the one given to you originally.
2)Always getting caught midsentence by allowing a distraction to hinder you and needing help to get back on track..."ha".