Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Spirit's Witness

The Spirit of holiness in us is God's seal upon us signifying that we are his. He is the earnest of the glory to come.

Be sure you do not mistake the movings of the Holy Spirit with those of Satan or your own passions, pride, or fleshly wisdom.

When you are sure it is the Spirit of God indeed knocking at your door, do not behave as if you did not hear. (I.) Obey him speedily: delay is a temporary unthankful refusal and a kind of denial. (2.) Obey him thoroughly: half-obedience is disobedience. Do not put him off as Ananias did only giving half of what is required. (3.) Obey him constantly: not hearkening to him sometimes, and more frequently neglecting him. Do not neglect the means which the Spirit has appointed for your help. Pray, meditate, hear, read, do your best, and expect his blessing. Though your ploughing and sowing will not give a harvest without the sun, and rain, and the blessing of God, yet the sun and rain will not bring a crop unless you plough and plant.

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