Jesus Continued… Why the Holy Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You.

I have been reading a book by J.D. Greear, below are some highlights:

If you are going to walk with the Spirit, you have to be going where he is going! And from the moment he came to earth he has been going to the unbelieving world.

[Some traditions believe the Holy Spirit is given] to make you healthy and wealthy; he’s presented as the source of blessing to those who have faith. In more fundamental tribes, the Holy Spirit has two primary ministries: to write the Bible and convict us of sin. Basically, you are a nail, the Bible is a hammer, and the Holy Spirit’s job is to pound you. . . . In Reformed churches, you won’t hear a lot about the Spirit, as they tend to attribute much of his work to the gospel and the sovereignty of God.

He quotes Charles Haddon Spurgeon writing:

If Jesus is precious to you (as he is to the Spirit), you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love. . . . It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him. . . . If you really know Christ, you are like one that has found honey; you will call others to taste of its sweetness; you are like the beggar who has discovered an endless supply of food: you must go tell the hungry crowd that you have found Jesus, and you are anxious that they should find him too. Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor.

These are really challenging words. Blessings, Steve

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