Rowland Hill (1744-1833)

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:4

    As the earth can produce nothing unless it is energized by the sun, so Christians can do nothing worthwhile for God without His energizing Holy Spirit's power operating in our lives.
-- Unknown

    I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.
--Hudson Taylor

One of the marks of spiritual maturity in any believer's life is the growing conviction of the necessity of the Holy Spirit's presence and power for daily living. How natural it often seems to attempt to live our lives and even minister for God in our own wisdom and strength. How tragic it is when churches and religious organizations institutionalize themselves with dogma or legalistic rules and practices and gradually replace the Word and the invigorating ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of their people. It is said that religious movements often follow a predictable course: A Spirit-filled leader, an effective machine, a dead monument.

"Holy Ghost, With Light Divine" has been for many years one of the church's important teaching hymns regarding the Holy Spirit's ministry. The first stanza tells us that we need a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's presence in order to have clear directions for our lives. Then we are reminded that we need the Holy Spirit's ministry in order to live lives of purity and power. We also need the work of the Holy Spirit to balance the emotional sorrows of life with "joy divine". Finally, we need the all-prevailing control by the Holy Spirit if our lives are to be totally committed and conformed to God.

Holy Ghost, with light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine;
Chase the shade of night away,
Turn my darkness into day.

Let me see my Savior’s face,
Let me all His beauties trace;
Show those glorious truths to me
Which are only known to Thee.

Holy Ghost, with pow'r divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
Long has sin, without control,
Held dominion o’er my soul.

Holy Ghost, with joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine;
Bid my many woes depart,
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart.

Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine;
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

See, to Thee I yield my heart,
Shed Thy life through every part;
A pure temple I would be,
Wholly dedicate to Thee.

*For Today*: John 14:16-21; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 5:8, 9, & 18

Try to engage in a conversation some respected Christian friend whose life clearly reflects Spirit control. Seek to learn more about this truth in a personal, first-hand manner.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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