C H Spurgeon on the Vital Necessity of the Holy Spirit.
Dr Ern Baxter said: "My concern is this: How will the establishment of the Kingdom which we talk about ever be brought about? As I have searched the Scriptures, I have become aware that the kingdom of God will become reality by the ministry of the Holy Spirit through us". We all do well at talking. We all have our pet doctrines and our pet theories - our pet rants and our pet passions. I am no more special than the next person or website you come across, simply because my passions happen to be mine. Yet I confess a slight and growing weariness at talking. That doesn't mean to say that certain topics and certain issues still don't cause my blood pressure to rise! But now I'm learning to vent my frustrations in other ways than through the keyboard. Men whose doctrines do not adorn their names (1 Timothy 4:3) should be grateful ...
I am hungry for action! I want to see God intervene in our society! I want to see Him rend the heavens and come down! Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that revival is the only hope for our declining culture! If it was true in his day, how much more now? I want to see the church move on! I want to see the Church enter the Land! When Terry Virgo said something like; "I'm giving you a possession! I'm giving you a land flowing with milk and honey! My beloved Bride! I'm bringing you in!" - I must confess my heart leapt! Then ached. When? When are we going to see it? Our only hope is the Spirit of God.
So when I found and read this sermon of C H Spurgeon's, it was like manna to a hungry soul - water to a thirsty desperate man. When you read this sermon, you will find the answer as to why, for example I am not particularly bothered by the advent of the Da Vinci Code and why I won't be discussing it on this blog. Come with Spurgeon and let him do you good!
"Is the Spirit of the Lord Straitened?".
Sermon: 2218 - Sunday August 23rd 1891.
Text: Micah 2:7: "O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the Lord straitened?".
"Unless we have unction of the Holy One and are endued with power from on high, in vain shall we seek to preach good tidings to the meek, to bind up the broken hearted or to proclaim opening of the prison to them that are bound".
"If our religion be not supernatural, it is a delusion. If the Holy Ghost be not with you, you are like Jannes and Jambres attempting to work a miracle without Jehovah's aid and you will be baffled and detected as an imposter".
1. The Spirit of the Lord is not straitened by the commands of Men.
"The previous verse reads: "Prophesy ye not".
i) Beloved friends this can never be. The Spirit of God is not straitened for any man in whom He dwells must speak.
"If God has given it to him to speak, speak it he must and nothing can silence him".
ii) But even if those who believe in God's Name should die and no more were raised up, the Spirit of the Lord would not even then be straitened for He could find other ways of reaching men's minds.
"He could still call a Saul of Tarsus without a Bible and without a minister".
2. The Spirit of the Lord is not straitened by an conceivable cause.
i) The Spirit of the Lord is not straitened by any change in Himself.
"I am the Lord - I change not".
"He is today what He was at Pentecost".
ii) He is not straitened by the Spirit of the age whatever that may be.
"Although the spirit of evil is mighty, he must fly before the Spirit of God who is infinitely more powerful and not to be hindered, hampered or straitened by the spirit of the age".
iii) He is not straitened by the discoveries of science.
"It does not make the slightest differene what is discovered nor should any true revelation of science unsettle any preacher of the Gospel. The more than is known of God's works the better".
iv) He is not straitened by the worldiness of the great masses in the midst of whom we live.
v) He is not straitened by the skill of His enemies.
"The simple truth of God will win it's way. I cannot imagine anything that will diminish the power of the Holy Ghost".
3. The Spirit of the Lord must not be treated by us as though He were straitened.
i) If we act towards Him as though His holy Word would not now convert, sanctify, comfort and conquer as it used to, we are in this horrible position of practical unbelief.
"Never think that the Spirit cannot bless the Word to you as He used to. The meat is rich: You have lost your appetite".
ii) We behave as if the Spirit of God were straitened in the next place if we conceive the present state of things to be hopeless.
"The church to which you belong may be cold and dead and the ministry powerless but is the Spirit of the Lord straitened?".
iii) Do you not think again that we very much act as if the Spirit of the Lord were straitened when we only look for little blessings?
"Dear friends there is no reason that I know of why the sermon that brings one sinner into the light should not bring a thousand into the light supposing a thousand sinners be hearing it. The same power which saves one is precisely that power that would save a thousand".
iv) Do you not think that we also treat the Spirit of God as though He were straitened when we imagine that our weakness hinders His working by us?
"Do you not see that though you think such a confession is an expression of humility, you are straitening the Spirit of God? However weak and feeble you may be, He can use you. If you think He cannot, you deprive Him of power in your apprehension".
v) Do not believe that the Spirit of the Lord is narrowed by the smallness of the place.
"Some of the greatest works for Christ have begun in hamlets".
"Do not hunger for big congregations. Hunger to save those you have".
vi) A great many persons are guilty of thinking the Spirit of God to be straitened when they fancy He must always work in one way.
"If we begin to tie the Lord down to one way or work, we shall make a big mistake".
"God neither blesses the Calvinism nor the Arminianism but the Christ that is in the sermon".
vii) We act as if we did not believe in this divine truth concerning the Spirit of God when we think that some men are beyond His reach.
viii) We may treat the Spirit of God as straitened if we cannot believe that He can bless us today.
"Believe that any moment is a good moment with God".
4. The Spirit of the Lord will prove He is not straitened.
i) He will exact punishment for resistance.
"Continual rejection will at last result in the total withdrawal of His Presence".
ii) He will fulfill the divine decree.
"Man's obstinancy shall not frustrate the purpose of God".
iii) He will glorify Christ and prepare a people to welcome His advent.
"The gospel shall be preached among all nations and out of every tribe and people, witnesses shall be gathered to await the glorious appearing of the victorious Christ which cannot long be delayed".