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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Spirit Bloweth Where It Listeth

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit. --John 3:8
"...the wind not only differs in force, but it differs in direction. . . . Now, the Spirit of God comes from different directions. You know very well, dear friends, that sometimes the Spirit of God will blow with mighty force from one denomination of Christians; then on a sudden they seem to be left, and another body of Christians God will raise up, fill with himself, and qualify for usefulness. In the days of [Charles] Wesley and [George] Whitefield, there was very little of the divine Spirit anywhere, except among the Methodists. I am sure they have not a monopoly of him now, the divine Spirit blows also from other quarters. Sometimes he uses one man, sometimes another. . . . It comes just as God wills, for direction: and you know, too, dear friends, it comes through different instrumentalities in the same church. Sometimes the wind blows from this pulpit: God blesses me to your conversion. Another time it is from my good sister, Mrs. Bartlett's class; on a third occasion it is the Sunday-school; again, it may be another class, or the preaching of the young men, or from the individual exertion of private believers. God causes that wind to blow just which way he wills."
-Charles Spurgeon, From "The Holy Spirit Compared to the Wind," Preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. Published 1865. No. 630. As quoted from Spurgeon's Sermons on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, 2006, Henderson: Peabody, Mass.

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