My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
— 1 Corinthians 2:4,5, NIV
We have the assurance that in this age of the world the Holy Spirit will work with mighty power, unless by our unbelief, we limit our blessings, and thus lose the advantages we might obtain.
The divine sacred influence of the Holy Spirit working in our world is to be as signs and wonders, because God’s people are a peculiar people, an holy nation, shining amid moral darkness as living stones in the Lord’s building. The weakest and feeblest, if they exercise faith in God, and improve their entrusted powers, will be elevated, refined and perfected in character under the Holy Spirit’s working. Humble and contrite, they submit to the moulding of the Spirit.
Have we humbled ourselves before God, that the Holy Spirit may work through us with transforming power? As children of God, it is our privilege to be worked by his Spirit. When self is crucified, the Holy Spirit takes the broken hearted ones, and makes them vessels unto honor. They are in his hands as clay in the hands of the potter. Jesus Christ will make such men and women superior in mental, physical, and moral power. The graces of the Spirit will give solidity to the character. They will exert an influence for good because Christ is abiding in the soul.
Who are willing to lay their fingers upon their cherished idols of sin, and allow Christ to purify the temple by casting out the buyers and sellers? Who is prepared to allow Christ to enter the soul and cleanse it from everything that tarnishes or corrupts? The standard is, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” God calls upon men and women to empty their hearts of self. Then his spirit can find unobstructed entrance. Stop trying to do the work yourself. Ask God to work in and through you until the words of the apostle become yours: “I live, yet not I; but Christ liveth in me.”
Then you will understand what it means to be a true missionary. You will bring a Christ-like intensity into your work, and many souls will be saved through your earnest prayers and interested labors.
— The Southern Review, December 5, 1899
Precious Lord, I know I am weak and feeble, I want to be worked by Your Holy Spirit. I humbly lay before You all my cherished idols of sin, asking You to cleanse and purify me from within. I empty my heart of self and submit myself to the molding influence of Your divine Spirit. I claim the promise, “I live, yet not I; but Christ lives in me.” I earnestly pray that I may become a true missionary. Through the graces of the Spirit, transform me and make me a vessel of honor to speak Your word. Let me exert an influence for good because Christ is abiding in my soul.