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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Power - The Great Need

"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal" (1 Corinthians 12:7)

I think there can be no doubt that the need above all other needs in the Church of God at this moment is the power of the Holy Spirit. More education, better organization, finer equipment, more advanced methods - all are unavailing.

It is like bringing a better respirator after the patient is dead. Good as these are they can never give life. "It is the Spirit that quickeneth" (John 6:63). Good as they are they can never bring power. "Power belongeth unto God" (Psalm 62:11).

Protestantism is on the wrong road when it tries to win merely by means of a "united front." It is not organizational unity we need most; the great need is power.

The power of God is at our disposal, waiting for us to call it into action by meeting the conditions which are plainly laid down. God is ready to send down floods of blessing upon us as we begin to obey His plain instructions.

There is no divine incoming until there is the human emptying. How is it possible to fill us until we are first emptied? Emptied first, filled afterward is the order.

~A. W. Tozer~

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