Light to Live By

"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

Category: Holy Spirit

Entering the Conversation

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  . . . Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:26-27, 34)

“Think about it. God the Holy Spirit knows the real, foundational cries of our hearts, and He is in an ongoing conversation with God the Father, carrying our hearts’ cries to Him. At the same time, God the Son, Jesus, is also in a conversation with the Father about us, interceding for us.

When I put these truths together, I realize that the Trinity–Father, Son, Holy Spirit–is in an ongoing conversation about me and every other believer. When I go to Him in prayer, I am accepting an invitation to enter into a conversation that they were already having on my behalf! (Duane C. Miller, Survivor, p.121, emphasis added)

Oh That He Would Come!

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“It makes me boil when I think of the power we profess and the utter impotency of our action. Believers who know one-tenth as much as we do are doing one hundred times more for God, with His blessing and our criticism. Oh if I could write it, preach it, say it, paint it, anything at all, if only God’s power would become known among us!” — Jim Elliot (Shadow of the Almighty, p.138)

The Life that is Life

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“The life that wins is an actuality, not just an aspiration. Its secret is simple, and yet profound.

It is plain to the heart filled with faith and obedience, but it is perplexing to self-will and self-effort. It is an obtainment, not an attainment; a gift to be received and not an achievement to be earned. It is from above and not from within ourselves; it is from heaven and is revealed on earth. Its life arises out of death to ourselves and not from deeds that we have done.

The details in individual experience differ appreciably, and are related to the personality and the circumstances of that life. Beyond the details, however, the pattern of the exchanged life is quite the same for each one. First, there is an awareness of our need, as expressed by the Lord Jesus, ‘If any man thirst …’ (John 7:37) …

Then there is agony of soul because of that awareness. One remembers the beatitude: ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled’ (Matt. 5:6) …

Then follows wholehearted abandonment to the Savior. Sick of self and sin we obey the clear injunction of Romans 6:13: ‘… yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.’ …

There must be appropriation by faith of the Holy Spirit to fill life with the presence of the Lord Jesus. That obtainment is by faith, and not by works. Inquires the Scripture: ‘This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?’ (Gal. 3:2) …

Following appropriation there must be abiding by faith in the Savior. Did He not say: ‘Abide in me, and I in you …’

The exchanged life is one of abundance. The Savior promised ‘rivers of living water’ to flow from the Spirit-filled life (John7:38). There is provision for life more abundant (John 10:10). And that life is indeed one of constant adventure, for it learns the wonderful reality of John 10:4: ‘And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.'” (V. Raymond Edman, They Found The Secret, pp.186-188)

An Illuminated Bible

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18)

“Now, have any of you an illuminated Bible at home?

‘No,’ says one, ‘I have a morocco Bible; I have a marginal reference Bible.’

Ah! That is all very well, but have you an illuminated Bible?

‘Yes; I have a large family Bible with pictures in it.’ There is a picture of John the Baptist baptizing Christ by pouring water on His head and many other nonsensical things, but that is not what I mean; have you an illuminated Bible?

‘Yes; I have a Bible with splendid engravings in it.’

Yes; I know you may have, but have you and illuminated Bible?

‘I don’t understand what you mean by an illuminated Bible.’

Well, it is the Christian man who has an illuminated Bible. He does not buy it illuminated originally, but when he reads it

A glory guilds the sacred page,

Magestic like the sun;

Which gives a light to every age —

It gives, but borrows none.

There is nothing like reading an illuminated Bible, beloved. You may read to all eternity, and never learn anything by it, unless it is illuminated by the Spirit; and then the words shine forth like stars. The book seems made of gold leaf; every single letter glitters like a diamond. Oh! It is a blessed thing to read an illuminated Bible lit up by the radiance of the Holy Ghost. Hast you read the Bible and studied it, my brother, and yet have thine eyes been unenlightened? Go and say, ‘O Lord, gild the Bible for me. I want an expounded Bible. Illuminate it; shine upon it; for I cannot read it to profit, unless you enlightenest me.’”  — Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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