August 9, 2022     3:16 pm
187. Witsunday Week - Thursday
No man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Spirit
          No man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Spirit.   1 Corinthians 12:3
          To say that Jesus is the Lord is to believe in Him and to come to Him in true faith. No man can do this by his own reason or strength; we can only do this through the gracious working of the Holy Spirit. By nature, by virtue of our own reason and strength, we can do various and many things, always, of course, under God. But not this. Of ourselves we cannot do a particle, not the least little thing towards inclining our heart to believe in Jesus, nor in any way adapt or prepare ourselves to do it. For by nature we are spiritually dead to all things that concern Jesus, and which the Gospel and Spirit of God convey to us, we are dead. This is due to our sinful state. We are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins." (Eph. 2:1) The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Cor. 2:14). And we are not spiritual by nature, but carnal, only carnal, controlled and actuated by sin, carnal-minded. And this carnal mind not only considers the Gospel of God foolishness, but even hates it. By nature we do not want to come to God through Jesus Christ, because we love sin and hate the life with God and in God. We do not like to be subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can we. Hence we have a slavish fear of God, and hate Him, and wish there were no God. "The carnal mind is enmity against God." (Rom. 8:7). So no man can say that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Spirit. Faith is the work of the Holy Spirit, and of Him only. Faith is kindled in man's heart entirely without his co-operation; there is as little co-operation as in creation - even less; for in creation there is no hostile resistance. O how completely dependent we are upon the grace of the faithful Lord, the Holy Spirit!
          PRAYER: - God Holy Spirit, merciful Lord, I thank You with all my heart that You have freed me, a poor sinner, spiritually dead, from the bonds of blindness and of hostile resistance, and in faith have brought me to my only Saviour, Jesus Christ, that I might be saved. I pray You, do not by any means leave me, but through Your gracious almighty power keep me in true faith to my end. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     3:16 pm