Tag: Indwelling

Sentenced to Hell by this one Scripture!

John Flavel 90x115by John Flavel

“I will place My Spirit within you, and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.” Ezekiel 36:27

The design and end of God in the infusion of the Spirit of grace, is practical holiness and obedience. The indwelling Spirit of God . . . elevates their minds, sets their affections upon heavenly things, purges their hearts from earthly dross, and fits them for a life of holiness and obedience.

None are more forward to claim the privileges of religion–than those who reject the duties of it. Multitudes hope to be saved by Christ–who yet refuse to be governed by Him. But such hopes have no Scripture warrant to support them–yes, they have many Scripture testimonies against them!


“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10

O how many thousand vain hopes are laid in the dust, and how many thousands of souls are sentenced to Hell by this one Scripture!

by John Flavel

The Departing Angel

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

And forthwith the angel departed from him. Acts 12:10

The angel had brought Peter out of prison through the gate and safety outside. Now the miracle was over and the angel took his leave. Peter was on his own.

God intervenes by His angel many a time to loose our souls from prison. He does the supernatural thing when the occasion demands it. But He does not perform miracles when we can get along without them. He let us do the thing we can do for ourselves, all within the circles of His grace of course.

Peter shifted for himself when he came to and realized he was not dreaming. Some saints expect angels to wake them up and serve them breakfast in bed. Do not expect the supernatural when God would have you proceed in the normal natural course of things. Peter did not sit down and wait for another angel-he headed toward a prayer meeting.

Thank God for His angels, but they depart. Trust His indwelling Spirit to guide you every day, miracle or no miracle. Angels come and go, but He abides.

by Vance Havner