The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Romans 5:3-5 (NLT2) 3  We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Every time we say, "I believe in the Holy Spirit," we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.   J. B. Phillips (1906-1982)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 314.

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Let the Holy Spirit Teach You

John 14:26 (NLT2)  But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

When the Spirit illuminates the heart, then a part of the man sees which never saw before; a part of him knows which never knew before, and that with a kind of knowing which the most acute thinker cannot imitate. He knows now in a deep and authoritative way, and what he knows needs no reasoned proof. His experience of knowing is above reason, immediate, perfectly convincing and inwardly satisfying.     A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 316.

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The Holy Spirit meets our needs

1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NLT2) [Paul wrote the church in Thessalonica:] So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.

I have often, myself, sat in darkness, and cried aloud for the Holy Spirit to deliver me from the fantasies that gather round a parched soul like flies round a rotting carcass in the desert. Likewise, I have sat tongue-tied, crying out to be given utterance, and delivered from the apprehensions that afflict the earth-bound. And never, ultimately, in vain. Jesus' promise is valid; the Comforter needs only to be summoned. The need is the call, the call is the presence, and the presence is the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth.  -- Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 314.

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The pouring out of the Holy Comforter

Joel 2:28 (NLT2) Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.

Call the Comforter by the term you think best—Advocate, Helper, Paraclete, the word conveys the indefinable blessedness of his sympathy; an inward invisible kingdom that causes the saint to sing through every night of sorrow. This Holy Comforter represents the ineffable motherhood of God.  -- Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 313.

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Ingratitude

Romans 1:21 (NLT2)   Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

I fear that what will surprise us most, when we see our Lord, will be the extent of our own ingratitude. -- Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800-1882)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 339.

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True happiness is not bound up in wealth

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT2)  Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!

Few people have the spiritual resources needed to be both wealthy and godly. - Erwin W. Lutzer (1941- )

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 644-645.

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Don’t become entangled

Proverbs 1:10 (NLT2) My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!

The world is a net; the more we stir in it, the more we are entangled. -- Proverb

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "Worldliness".

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The highest achievement of humanity

Forgiveness is man's deepest need and highest achievement. - Horace Bushnell (1802-1876)

Acts 7:60 (NLT2)  He [Stephen] fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 219.

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Forgiving even our enemies

Alas! if my best Friend, who laid down his life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neglected him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recompense? I will pray, therefore, for blessings on my friends, even though they cease to be so, and upon my enemies, though they continue such. -- William Cowper (1731-1800)

Luke 23:34 (NLT2) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 219.

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He mocks mockers

Proverbs 3:34 (NLT2) The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.

I swear 'tis better to be lowly born,

And range with humble lives in content,

Than to be perked up in a glistering grief,

And wear a golden sorrow.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 325.

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