Yearning After the Spirit

Death and condemnation to the church that is not yearning after the Spirit, and crying and groaning until the Spirit is wrought mightily in her midst. He is here; he has never gone back since he descended at Pentecost. He is often grieved and vexed, for he is peculiarly jealous and sensitive; and the one sin never forgiven has to do with his blessed person; therefore let us be tender towards him, walk humbly before him, wait earnestly on him and resolve that there should be nothing knowingly continued that would prevent him from working in our midst.

Brethren, if we do not have the Spirit of God, it would be better to shut the churches, to nail up the doors and put a black cross on them and say, “God have mercy on us!” If you ministers have not the Spirit of God, you had better not preach, and you people had better stay at home. I think I speak not too strongly when I say that the church in the land without the Spirit of God is rather a curse than a blessing. This is a solemn word: the Holy Spirit or nothing and worse than nothing.

The Holy Ghost is here,

Where saints in prayer agree;

As Jesus’ parting gift he’s near

Each pleading company.

Not far away is he,

To be by prayer brought nigh,

But here in present majesty

As in his courts most high.

He dwells within our soul,

An ever-welcome guest;

He reigns in absolute control

As monarch in our breast.

Our bodies are his shrine,

And he, indwelling Lord;

All hail, thou Comforter Divine,

Be evermore adored!

Obedient to thy will,

We want to feel thy power,

O Lord of life, our hopes fulfill,

And bless this hallowed hour.

(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

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Author: Daniel

I am a Christian who is seeking to build God's Kingdom.