Time: 5:09 PM PST
"He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever."
Great Father revealed Himself to believers of old before the coming of His
Son, and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesus
came, and the ever-blessed Son in His own proper person, was the delight of His
people's eyes. At the time of the Redeemer's ascension, the Holy Spirit became
the head of the present dispensation, and His power was gloriously manifested in
and after Pentecost. He remains at this hour the present Immanuel--God with us,
dwelling in and with His people, quickening, guiding, and ruling in their midst.
Is His presence recognized as it ought to be? We cannot control His working; He
is most sovereign in all His operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to
obtain His help, or sufficiently watchful lest we provoke Him to withdraw His
aid? Without Him we can do nothing, but by His almighty energy the most
extraordinary results can be produced: everything depends upon his manifesting
or concealing His power. Do we always look up to Him both for our inner life and
our outward service with the respectful dependence which is fitting? Do we not
too often run before His call and act independently of His aid? Let us humble
ourselves this evening for past neglects, and now entreat the heavenly dew to
rest upon us, the sacred oil to anoint us, the celestial flame to burn within
us. The Holy Ghost is no temporary gift, He abides with the saints. We have but
to seek Him aright, and He will be found of us. He is jealous, but He is
pitiful; if He leaves in anger, He returns in mercy. Condescending and tender,
He does not weary of us, but awaits to be gracious still.
Sin has been hammering my heart Unto a hardness, void of love, Let supplying
grace to cross his art Drop from above.