“The heart is the main thing in true religion…It is the hinge and turning-point in the condition of man’s soul. If the heart is alive to God and quickened by the Spirit, the man is a living Christian. If the heart is dead and has not the Spirit, the man is dead before God.” (J.C. Ryle)
Come, Holy Spirit, come,
Let thy bright beams arise,
Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open all our eyes.
Convince of our sins,
Then lead to Jesus’ blood
And to our wondering view reveal
The secret love of God.
Show us that loving Man
That rules the courts of bliss,
The Lord of Hosts, the Mighty God,
The eternal Prince of Peace.
’Tis thine to cleanse the heart,
To sanctify the soul,
To pour fresh life in every part
And new create the whole.
Dwell, therefore, in our hearts,
Our minds from bondage free;
Then we shall know, and praise and love,
The Father, Son and thee.
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
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)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)
“But whoever has become a partaker of the divine character, the being of Jesus Christ and the power and character of the Holy Spirit, conforms himself to the image of Jesus Christ in all submission, obedience, and righteousness serves God,
in summary is a right-believing Christian;
that one is a new person and a new creature in Christ Jesus.”
“The Word took bodily form so that we might receive the Holy Spirit:
God became the bearer of a body so that men might be bearers of the Spirit.”
(Attributed to Athanasius)
“And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.”
“When we are at our wits’ end of an answer, then the Holy Spirit can give us an answer. But how can He give us an answer when we are still well supplied with all sorts of answers of our own?”