The Great Need of the Holy Spirit


God has determined to leave nothing undone to recover man from the  toils of the enemy. After Christ's ascension, the Holy Spirit was given  to man to assist all who would co-operate with Him in the reshaping and  remodeling of the human character. The Holy Spirit's part of the work  has been defined by our Saviour. He says, "He will convince the world of  sin, of righteousness, and of judgment." The Holy Spirit is the  convicter, and sanctifier as well. As none can repent of their sins  until they are convicted, the necessity of uniting the Spirit with us in  our labour to reach the fallen is apparent. All of our human abilities  will be exercised in vain unless we are united to the heavenly  intelligences. It is through the lack of a knowledge of the vitalizing  truth, and the corrupting influence of error, that men are fallen so  low, sunk in the depths of sinful degradation. Angels and men are to  work in harmony to teach the truth of God to those who are unlearned  therein, that they may be set free from the bonds of sin. It is the  truth alone that makes men free. This liberty, this freedom through the  knowledge of the truth, is to be proclaimed to every creature.

Jesus Christ, God Himself, and the angels of heaven are interested in  this grand and holy work. Man has been given the exalted privilege of  revealing the Divine Character by unselfishly engaging in the effort to  rescue man from the pit of ruin into which he has been plunged. Every  human being who will submit to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit is to  be used for the accomplishment of this divinely conceived purpose.  Christ is the head of His church, and it will glorify Him the more to  have every portion of that church engaged in the work for the salvation  of souls.

But the human workers need to leave more room for the Holy Spirit to  work, that the labourers may be bound together, and move forward in the  strength of a united body of soldiers. Let all remember that we are "a  spectacle unto the world, to angels, and to men." Therefore they should  enquire with meekness and fear, What is my path of duty? Entire  consecration in the service of God will reveal the moulding influence of  the Holy Spirit at every step along the way. When apparent  impossibilities arise in your path, present the ever-ready, complete  efficiency of the Holy Spirit before your unbelieving heart, that it may  shame away your over-cautious spirit. When your faith is weak, your  efforts feeble, talk of the great Comforter, the Strength of heaven.  When you are inclined to doubt that God is working, by His Holy Spirit,  through human agents, remember that God has used the church, and is  using it to the glory of His own name. If men will not obstruct the way,  God will move upon the minds of many more to engage in active service  for Him.

The Great General is not only leading a few generals; but the Captain  of the Lord's host is leading the armies of both heaven and earth to  battle; and they are marching on to the glorious victory. Every soldier  is to put on the whole armour of God, and fight courageously, realizing  that he is battling in full view of the invisible universe. If they will  obey orders, the Lord's army will find themselves influenced by the  Holy Spirit to work the works of God. The battle-field is glorified with  the light shining from the cross of Calvary.

The promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit is not comprehended as it  should be; the privileges to be enjoyed through its acceptance are not  appreciated as they might be. God desires that His church should lay  hold by faith upon His promises, and ask for the power of the Holy  Spirit to help them in every place. He assures us that He is more  willing to give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him, than parents are  to give good gifts unto their children. Since it is possible for every  one to have the heavenly unction, "ye need not that any man teach you,"  and there is no excuse for shunning responsibilities; no duty should be  unwelcome, no obligation evaded. Christ Himself is the renewing power,  working in and through every soldier by the agency of the Holy Spirit.  The efficiency of the Spirit of God will make effective the labours of  all who are willing to submit to His guidance.

God is moving upon every mind that is open to receive the impressions  of His Holy Spirit. He is sending out messengers that they may give the  warnings in every locality. God is testing the devotion of His  churches, and their willingness to render obedience to the Spirit's  guidance. Knowledge is to be increased. The messengers of heaven are to  be seen running to and fro, seeking in every way possible to warn the  people of the coming judgments, and presenting the glad tidings of  salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. The standard of righteousness  is to be exalted. The Spirit of God is moving upon men's hearts, and  those who respond to its influence will become lights in the world.  Everywhere they are seen going forth to communicate to others the light  they have received, as they did after the descent of the Holy Spirit on  the day of Pentecost. And as they let their light shine they receive  more and more of the Spirit's power. The earth is lighted with the glory  of God.

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