"But then the wind does something more than make a sound; and so does the Holy spirit. It works and produces manifest results. . .
And, oh! the Spirit of God is a great wrecker of false hopes and carnal confidences. I have seen the Spirit of God come to a sinner like a storm to a ship at sea. He had to take down the top-gallants of his pride, and then every thread of carnal confidence had to be reefed, and then his hope itself had to be cut away; and on, on the vessel went, until she struck a rock, and down she went. The man from that time never dared trust in his merits, for he had seen his merits wrecked and broken in pieces by the wind.
. . . Now, do not let this make you fear the Holy Spirit. it is a blessed thing to be rocked so as to have our hopes tested, and it is a precious thing to have our carnal confidences shaken. And how blessedly the wind purifies the atmosphere!'"-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.