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Spiritual Steam Engines

Friday, September 13, 2019

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“The grand thing the church wants in this time, is God’s Holy Spirit. You all get up plans and say, ‘Now, if the church were altered a little bit, it would go better.’ You think if there were different ministers, or different church order, or something different, then all would be well.” – C.H. Spurgeon

Are you having trouble with your computer or some other electrical device? If so, you may be led to call an (800) number and talk to someone in tech support. If you do, I can guarantee that one of the first questions they will ask you is: “Is the device plugged in properly?”

You see, you can have a perfectly functioning computer and your account with the electric company may be paid in full, but if your PC or laptop isn’t plugged into a power source, it will not work.

The same goes for our spiritual lives individually and for our churches as a whole. Here is how Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers”, put it 150 years ago…

“No, dear friends, it is not there the mistake lies; it is that we want more of the Spirit. It is as if you saw a locomotive engine upon a railway, and it would not go, and they put up a driver, and they said, ‘Now, that driver will just do.’ They try another and another. One proposes that such-and-such a wheel should be altered, but still it will not go. Some one then bursts in amongst those who are conversing and says, ‘No, friends; but the reason why it will not move, is because there is no steam. You have no fire, you have no water in the boiler: that’s why it will not go. There may be some faults about it; it may want a bit of paint here and there, but it will go well enough with all those faults if you do but get the steam up.’”

“But now people are saying, ‘This must be altered, and that must be altered;’ but it would go no better unless God the Spirit should come to bless us. You may have the same ministers, and they shall be a thousand times more useful for God, if God is pleased to bless them. You shall have the same deacons, they shall be a thousand times more influential than they are now, when the Spirit is poured down upon them from on high.”

“That is the church’s great want, and until that want be supplied, we may reform, and reform, and still be just the same. We want the Holy Spirit.”

“Not be might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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