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Devotional: May 28th
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16. The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-11. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy Spirit from me. Psalms 51:11.
We read the truth in the Scriptures and when we have read or heard God’s Word, we know what God has promised. But whether God means you and me; whether He will give or has given you and me what He thus promises, is something concerning which our spirit as a rule is in doubt, and which it cannot in a living manner and with confidence believe before we receive the divine testimony concerning it in our heart. God only knows how it is with the faith of those who only believe the outward Word without the inward testimony of the Holy Spirit; who have but an historical faith, that is, who regard the thing as true, and appropriate it, without perceiving the working of divine grace by the Holy Spirit in the heart. It is impossible that such a faith as this can save, because it does not transform the old manner of living into a new manner of living, and does not in reality unite the heart with Christ. When, on the other hand, the Holy Spirit gives testimony to my spirit, that is, testifies to and seals in my heart that which is written in the outward Word, then I do not only know what is written in the Bible, but also what is written in the fatherly heart of God for me, and for me particularly; for the Spirit of God searches the deep things of God that are hidden to me, and bears testimony thereof to me. Yet when you have this testimony, you must not lose it. When the Spirit of God testified to me yesterday, "Thou art a child of God," I must also today know how I stand with God and whether He has anything to censure in me. Otherwise I could not be at peace. Therefore it is written in 1 John 5:10, that the believers have this witness in themselves; not that they have once had it. Hence David prays, "Take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Let me always retain Him, that He may daily testify to me, daily assure me of God’s favor and grace. " He who abides in Christ, in him does Christ abide, and consequently also His Spirit, as Christ has promised. "For He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (John 14:16-17).
O Holy Spirit, enter in,
Among these hearts Thy work begin.
Thy temple deign to make us;
Sun of the soul, Thou Light Divine,
Around and in us brightly shine,
To strength and gladness wake us.
Where Thou shinest.
Life from heaven
There is given.
We before Thee
For Thy precious gift implore Thee.
the Sixth Week after Easter
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