Notes on Mortification (43)

The way, the truth and the life!
The way, the truth and the life!

The question remains, how do we obtain the help of the Holy Spirit in this business of mortification? There is a negative side and a positive side, the former, do not resist the Spirit, do not quench the Spirit, do not grieve the Spirit. Positively, you must be convinced of your own impotency, you must desire, hunger and thirst for the Spirit’s help, and you must pray for the Spirit, “if ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him!” (Luke 11:13). This was the main business of the early church, ” these all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14). Prayer brings down the Spirit, and the more of the Spirit, the more prayer, the Lord will have such as have none of the Spirit, yet to seek him by prayer, “and I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them” (Ezekiel 36:27). Indeed, there is no promise that God will give his sanctifying Spirit to every unrenewed man that asks him, the verse from Luke thirteen applies to his children only, and that a further measure of his Spirit. But if you would have anything of his Spirit, the way to get more is by prayer, I say, by believing prayer “even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31). Although you don’t know much of this, still believe the promise, and wait, I say wait on the Lord.

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