Spiritual Gifts

A demonstration of the supernatural – Duncan Campbell

A demonstration of the supernatural – Duncan Campbell

The average man is not going to be impressed by our publicity, our posters or our programs, but let there be a demonstration of the supernatural in the realm of religion, and at once man is arrested.

– Duncan Campbell –

Gracious Gratitude – Chuck Colson

Edwards [Jonathan Edwards] calls the deeper, primary form of thankfulness “gracious gratitude.” It gives thanks not for goods received, but for who God is: for His character—His goodness, love, power, excellencies—regardless of favors received. And it’s real evidence of the Holy Spirit working in a person’s life.

– Chuck Colson –

The Gift of the Holy Spirit – Andrew Murray

A man gives another a piece of bread or a piece of money. He gives it away and has nothing further to do with it. It is not so with God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. No, the spirit is God. God is in the Spirit who comes to us, even as he was in the Son. The gift of the Spirit is the most personal act of the Godhead. It is the gift of Himself to us.

– Andrew Murray – 
from Experiencing the Holy Spirit

Give Thanks – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Anything I cannot thank God for the sake of Christ, I may not thank God for at all; to do so would be sin. … We cannot rightly acknowledge the gifts of God unless we acknowledge the Mediator for whose sake alone they are given to us.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer –

Turn Your Gifts and Talents Over to God – AW Tozer

Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God’s loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own. We have no more right to claim credit for special abilities than for blue eyes or strong muscles. “For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:17).

– AW Tozer –
from The Pursuit of God

You Must Have the Spirit – Charles Spurgeon

A church in the land without the Spirit is rather a curse than a blessing. If you have not the Spirit of God, Christian worker, remember that you stand in somebody else’s way; you are a fruitless tree standing where a fruitful tree might grow.

– Charles Spurgeon –

No Flowers Without Roots – JC Ryle

We cannot have flowers without roots, or fruit without trees. We cannot have the fruit of the Spirit, without vital union with Christ, and a new creation within.

– JC Ryle –
from Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Volume 2: Luke 6:27-38), 1856

Let Jesus Do His Work Within Us – Andrew Murray

The Holy Spirit is not a power that in any sense is subordinate to us, entrusted to us, or to be used by us. He is an energizing power that is over and above us, carrying forward His work from moment to moment. Our right place and our proper attitude must always be that of the deepest dependence in our own nothingness and impotence. Our chief concern is to let Jesus do His work within us.

– Andrew Murray – 
from Experiencing the Holy Spirit