Isaac the Syrian — When the Spirit has come to reside in someone…

When the Spirit has come to reside in someone, that person cannot stop praying; for the Spirit prays without ceasing in him. No matter if he is asleep or awake, prayer is going in his his heart all the time. He may be eating or drinking, he may be resting or working- the incense of prayer will ascend spontaneously from his heart. The slightest stirring of his heart is like a voice which sings in silence and in secret to the Invisible.
Isaac the Syrian


Unknown — As the minister stepped up to the pulpit…

As the minister stepped up to the pulpit he discovered to his chagrin that he had forgotten his sermon notes. As it was too late to send someone for them, he turned to the congregation and said, by way of apology, that this morning he should have to depend upon the Lord for what he might say, but that for the evening service, he would be better prepared.

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Augustus Toplady — The breathing I did yesterday…

The breathing I did yesterday will not keep me alive today- I must continue to breathe afresh every moment, or my life will cease. In like manner, yesterday’s grace and spiritual strength must be renewed, and the Holy Spirit must continue to breathe on my soul from moment to moment in order that I may continue to enjoy Him and to work the works He has assigned me.
Augustus Toplady

John Ortberg — How hard is it for God to get your attention…

How hard is it for God to get your attention? Do you regularly practice turning aside in your day? That is, taking a moment to listen to God- because God, through the Holy Spirit, really is speaking, because we know, every place is filled with the presence of God. There is not an inch of space, not a moment of time, that God does not inhabit.
John Ortberg

Henry Blackaby — Will God ever ask you to do something…

Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes- all the time! It must be that way, for God’s glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory; if we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world.
Henry Blackaby

Catherine Marshall — When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us…

When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, He will concern Himself with how we use our time and spend our money; with honesty and moral integrity and Christlike quality of character; with what is happening to our children; with the health of our relationship with other people and with our God.  If our need is severe enough, the Holy Spirit will turn our lives upside down.
Catherine Marshall

Charles Spurgeon — It is remarkable that the Holy Spirit…

It is remarkable that the Holy Spirit has given us very few deathbed scenes in the book of God.  We have very few in the Old Testament, fewer still in the New.  And I take it that the reason may be, because the Holy Ghost would have us to take more account of how we live than how we die, for life is the main business.  He who learns to die daily while he lives will find it no difficulty to breathe out his soul for the last time into the hands of his faithful Creator.
Charles Spurgeon

Ralph Sockman — The service of the Holy Spirit…

The service of the Holy Spirit is that He helps us to distinguish pleasure from happiness and develop real joy.  There are many experiences which give us temporary pleasure but do not add up to abiding satisfaction.  Their thrills pass quickly, and sometimes leave a trail of regret and remorse.  Some of our sense pleasures are like lightning flashes, while true joy is like the sunlight.
Ralph Sockman

Frankfurt prayer — Lord, the Scripture says…

Lord, the Scripture says: “There is a time for silence and a time for speech.” Saviour, teach me the silence of humility, the silence of wisdom, the silence of love, the silence of perfection, the silence that speaks without words, the silence of faith. Lord, teach me to silence my own heart that I may listen to the gentle movement of the Holy Spirit within me and sense the depths which are of God.
Frankfurt prayer (Sixteenth century)

Unknown — A group of clergymen…

A group of clergymen were discussing whether or not they ought to invite Dwight L. Moody to their city. The success of the famed evangelist was brought to the attention of the men. One unimpressed minister commented, “Does Mr. Moody have a monopoly on the holy Ghost?” Another man quietly replied, “No, but the Holy Ghost seems to have a monopoly on Mr. Moody.”
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