THE SPIRIT HELPING ME LIVE RIGHT
“If there were more diligent and prayerful study of God’s Word,…frequent seasons of retirement, consecrated to meditation, self-examination, and secret prayer, there would be less superficial Christianity…We need more depth of knowledge, more spiritually, more experience, more of the life and power of true godliness; in a word, we need more of the anointing and sanctifying influences of the Holy Spirit…” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, June 9th).
“… the sealing of the Spirit? It is the act of the Holy Spirit, by which the work of grace is deepened in the heart of the believer so that he has an increasing and abiding conviction of his acceptance in Jesus and his adoption into the family of God. It is a clearer and more undoubted manifestation of Christ to the soul…evidencing itself in a growing holiness of character….a growth in the knowledge of Christ, in sanctification of heart, in holiness of life…” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Apr 13th).
“…I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands…” (Ezek 36:27 MSG)
“…in most cases, the sealing of the Spirit is a …gradual work. It is a work of time. The soul is placed in the school of deep experience and is led step by step, stage by stage. The knowledge of self and of Christ increases, deeper views of indwelling sin are discovered, the heart’s treachery is more acutely felt, the devices of Satan are better known, the mystery of God’s gracious and providential dealings with His children are more clearly unfolded and better understood—and all this may be arrived at through a process of deep and painful, yet sanctified, discipline” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Apr 14th).
“By…begetting in us the divine nature, by producing in us spiritual fruits, and by breathing in our souls a desire for holiness, the Spirit conducts us to the rational conclusion that we are born of God” Octavius Winslow (ref#61, Sept 14th).
“His promise stands for ever firm;
His grace shall ne’er depart;
He binds my name upon his arm,
And seals it on his heart” Issac Watts (ref#224, song 479, verse 3).