The Holy Spirit And Prayer (6 of 14)
Series: It Was Just A Prayer Meeting
Have you ever been in a long meeting in an enclosed room, then leave the room for a few minutes and upon returning to the room realizing it is very stuffy? The people in the room don't realize how stuffy it is in the room, why is this? The people in the room have gotten use to its atmosphere.
I am afraid this is the issue with many of our churches, we have gotten used to operating in an atmosphere that is powerless and unproductive. It seems that many churches are stuffy, dead, and dull, but nobody wants to admit it. The church needs a breath of fresh air.
Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, ''Why do we need this 'Mr. Moody'? He's uneducated, inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?'' A younger, wiser pastor rose and responded, ''No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody.''
Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, ''How can I get the air out of this glass?'' One man shouted, ''Suck it out with a pump!'' Moody replied, ''That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.'' After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. ''There,'' he said, ''all the air is now removed.'' He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by ''sucking out a sin here and there,'' but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Today in the Word, September, 1991, p. 30.
Act 2:1 KJV - And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 KJV - And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 KJV - And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 ...
There are 23618 characters in the full content. This excerpt only shows a 2000 character sample of the full content.