Sunday, May 3, 2020

If the Holy Spirit Was Withdrawn from the Church

A.J. Gordon, a preacher from the late 1800s, told about being at the World’s Fair and seeing a man at a distance vigorously pumping water. A. J. watched him for quite a while and was amazed at the man’s energy. He never got tired but just kept pumping and pumping, and the water kept flowing.

As he got closer, he finally realized that it wasn’t as he had thought. What he assumed was a real person was just a mechanical man, and he wasn’t actually pumping the water. The water came from an artesian well springing up out the ground. The force of the water turned a gear which made the mechanical man go up and down, making it look like he was pumping the water. So it wasn’t the man pumping the water. It was the water pumping the man.

Jesus said, “The water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” and “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water’”(John 4:14, 7:38). But are we actually depending on His power?

A.W. Tozer said, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95% of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the early church, 95% of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”

Many people haven’t really tapped in the power of the Holy Spirit, so they try to generate activity in their own power. They’re using their own strength and that’s why they’re exhausted. But Jesus said the flow of living water will spring up within us, giving us life. The Holy Spirit’s power will energize you, and without wearing you out. Yield to Him and let Him empower you.

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