Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Help and the helper

Years ago I remember being introduced to the person of the Holy Spirit through the writings of Catherine Marshall. In particular, I remember her book The Helper, which was written following her own discovery of the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. We need the help of the Holy Spirit in all kinds of ways, not least in reading and understanding the Bible. Here is what William Law an Anglican Christian of the later 17th, early 18th century:

"Read whatever chapter of Scripture you will, you will be ever so delighted with it - yet it will leave you as poor, as empty and unchanged as it found you unless it has turned you wholly and solely to the Spirit of God, and brought you into full union with and dependence upon him."
(The Power of the Spirit).

Over and over I have discovered the truth of this observation as I have met people for whom the Bible meant nothing, while for others it was the richest book in the world. And the difference between the two? The Spirit of God. Once the Holy Spirit indwells within you then the Book of books comes alive when once it was dead.

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