No, it’s the way the Spirit works. A great preacher, Pusey, once said that one of the greatest surprises of heaven will be our amazement at the number of ways in which we insult the divine grace and grieve the spirit of God. The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit that has always intrigued me. One thing that often stymied me was the point at which I needed to go from the introduction to the main point. I’ve learned that my spiritual life will be enhanced to the extent that I study these impulses to learn how to read them correctly. Dr. A. J. Gordon tells of a Welsh preacher who, having been scheduled to preach one night, asked to be allowed to withdraw for a time before the service. I promised a woman in Phoenix that I would come to Good Samaritan Hospital about 9 PM and give her the Sacrament of the Sick in preparation for her operation the next day. In December, I received a Confirmation card from him, explaining in extravagant terms the wonderful experience he had in receiving the Holy Spirit in the sacrament. A caution is needed here. it meant what we now mean by the word “spirit”.
Prayer was involved, love for his family was involved; and the change was instantaneous at a clearly noted moment in time. In Old English, the word for “spirit” is “ghast.” The equivalent word in German “geist” still has the broader sense as the word “Zeitgeist-spirit of the times-shows.
In their excellent book Invitation to a Journey, M. Robert Mulholland and Ruth Haley Barton discuss the poignant insight that it is the Spirit that leads Jesus into the Wildnerness. I was interesting my boy David with a magnetic compass, and I showed him that the needle always pointed to the north.
There is a hiddenness to the Spirit that cannot be uncovered. They pick little grooves for the iron wedges, and then with great sledge hammers drive these little wedges into the hard rock. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. Sermon Illustrations: Holy Spirit - His Work And Fruit. The golden candlestick with its seven lamps was a part of the furniture of the tabernacle and the temple of Solomon. Greear, Jesus, Continued, Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You, Zondervan. These sharp-edged, well-made wooden wedges are put in the grooves tightly and water is kept in the grooves. In 1943, I was a Navy Seabee on the island of Guadalcanal. Speaking to a large audience, D.L. patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. See also Illustrations on Conscience, God’s Presence, God’s Will, The Trinity. David said, "What has gone wrong with it? Apparently, this woman had received an intuition that she should tell someone named Jean to read John 14:1-10. LEAVEN FIVE: Impulses to do good and avoid evil can undoubtedly be caused by a certain situation. W. Duewel, Touch the World Through Prayer, OMS, p. 232. Perhaps it is because you have a lot of head knowledge about the Spirit, but not much of a relationship with Him. Validate your print subscription to begin receiving yourLiguorian Digital Edition. And she took advantage of the meeting without delay; otherwise, a day later, she would be gone. He could accomplish more in one moment through his Spirit than they could accomplish in 10,000 Iifetimes on their own. Moody. "There," he said, "all the air is now removed." You have to remember that Judas saw Christ do wonderful things and heard him say beautiful things and still went astray. Shakespeare could do it; I can’t.