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Bishop J.C. Ryle shared the following in the sermon Having the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit always produces one general kind of effects. Shades and varieties there are no doubt in the experience of those on whose hearts He works—but the general outline of their faith and life is always the same.

What then are these general effects which the Spirit always produces on those who really have Him? What are the marks of His presence in the soul? This is the question which now remains to be considered.

Let us try to set down these marks in order:

1. All who have the Spirit are made spiritually alive. 

He is called in Scripture, “The Spirit of life.” (Rom. 8:3.) “It is the Spirit,” says our Lord Jesus Christ, “who quickens.” (John 6:63.) We are all by nature dead in trespasses and sins. We have neither feeling nor interest about true religion. We have neither faith, nor hope, nor fear, nor love. Our hearts are in a state of torpor; they are compared in Scripture to a stone. We may be alive about money, learning, politics, or pleasure—but we are dead towards God. All this is changed when the Spirit comes into the heart. He raises us from this state of death, and makes us new creatures. He awakens the conscience, and inclines the will towards God. He causes old things to pass away, and all things to become new. He gives us a new heart; He makes us put off the old man, and put on the new. He blows the trumpet in the ear of our slumbering faculties, and sends us forth to walk the world as if we were new beings.

How unlike was Lazarus shut up in the silent tomb, to Lazarus coming forth at our Lord’s command! How unlike was Jairus’ daughter lying cold on her bed amidst weeping friends, to Jairus’ daughter rising and speaking to her mother as she was accustomed to do! Just as unlike is the man in whom the Spirit dwells to what he was before the Spirit came into him.

I appeal to every thinking reader. Can he whose heart is manifestly full of everything but God–hard, cold, and insensible—can he be said to “have the Spirit”? Judge for yourself.

2. All who have the Spirit are taught by Him.

He is called in Scripture, “The Spirit of wisdom and revelation.” (Eph. 1:17.) It was the promise of the Lord Jesus, “He shall teach you all things.” “He shall guide you into all truth.” (John 14:2616:13.)

We are all by nature ignorant of spiritual truth. “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God—they are foolishness to him.” (1 Cor. 2:14.) Our eyes are blinded. We neither know God, nor Christ, nor ourselves, nor the world, nor sin, nor heaven, nor hell, as we ought. We see everything under false colors. The Spirit alters entirely this state of things. He opens the eyes of our understandings. He illumines us; He calls us out of darkness into marvelous light. He takes away the veil. He shines into our hearts, and makes us see things as they really are! No wonder that all true Christians are so remarkably agreed upon the essentials of true religion! The reason is that they have all learned in one school—the school of the Holy Spirit. No wonder that true Christians can understand each other at once, and find common ground of fellowship! They have been taught the same language, by One whose lessons are never forgotten.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who is ignorant of the leading doctrines of the Gospel, and blind to his own state—can he be said to “have the Spirit “? Judge for yourself.

3. All who have the Spirit are led by Him to the Scriptures.

This is the instrument by which He specially works on the soul. The Word is called “the sword of the Spirit.” Those who are born again are said to be “born by the Word.” (Eph. 6:171 Peter 1:23.) All Scripture was written under His inspiration—He never teaches anything which is not therein written. He causes the man in whom He dwells to “delight in the law of the Lord.” (Psalm 1:2.) Just as the infant desires the milk which nature has provided for it, and refuses all other food–so does the soul which has the Spirit desire the sincere milk of the Word. Just as the Israelites fed on the manna in the wilderness, so are the children of God taught by the Holy Spirit to feed on the contents of the Bible.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who never reads the Bible, or only reads it formally—can he be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

4. All who have the Spirit are convinced by Him of sin.

This is an especial office which the Lord Jesus promised He should fulfill. “When He has come, He shall reprove the world of sin.” (John 16:8.) He alone can open a man’s eyes to the real extent of his guilt and corruption before God. He always does this when He comes into the soul. He puts us in our right place. He shows us the vileness of our own hearts, and makes us cry with the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” He pulls down those proud, self-righteous, self-justifying notions with which we are all born, and makes us feel as we ought to feel, “I am a sinful man, and I deserve to be in hell!” Ministers may alarm us for a little season; sickness may break the ice on our hearts; but the ice will soon freeze again if it is not thawed by the breath of the Spirit! Convictions not wrought by Him will pass away like the morning dew.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can the man who never feels the burden of his sins, and knows not what it is to be humbled by the thought of them—can he have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

5. All who have the Spirit are led by Him to Christ for salvation.

It is one special part of His office to “testify of Christ,” to “take of the things of Christ, and to show them to us.” (John 15:2616:15.) By nature we all think to work our own way to heaven—we fancy in our blindness that we can make our peace with God. From this miserable blindness the Spirit delivers us. He shows us that in ourselves we are lost and hopeless, and that Christ is the only door by which we can enter heaven and be saved. He teaches us that nothing but the blood of Jesus can atone for sin, and that through His mediation alone God can be just and the justifier of the ungodly. He reveals to us the exquisite fitness and suitableness to our souls of Christ’s salvation. He unfolds to us the beauty of the glorious doctrine of justification by simple faith. He sheds abroad in our hearts that mighty love of God which is in Christ Jesus. Just as the dove flies to the well-known cleft of the rock, so does the soul of him who has the Spirit flee to Christ and rest on Him. (Rom. 5:5.)

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who knows nothing of faith in Christ, be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

6. All who have the Spirit are by Him made Holy.

He is the “Spirit of holiness” (Romans 1:4). When He dwells in people, He makes them follow after love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, faith, patience, temperance. He makes it natural to them, through their new “Divine nature,” to count all God’s precepts concerning all things to be right, and to “hate every false way.” (2 Pet 1:4Ps. 119:128.) Sin is no more pleasant to them—it is their sorrow when tempted by it; it is their shame when they are overtaken by it. Their desire is to be free from it altogether. Their happiest times are when they are enabled to walk most closely with God—their saddest times are when they are furthest off from Him.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can those who do not even pretend to live strictly according to God’s will, be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

7. All who have the Spirit are Spiritually Minded.

To use the words of the Apostle Paul, “those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:5.) The general tone, tenor, and bias of their minds is in favor of spiritual things. They do not serve God by fits and starts—but habitually. They may be drawn aside by strong temptations; but the general tendency of their lives, ways, tastes, thoughts and habits, is spiritual. You see it in the way they spend their leisure time, the company they love to keep, and their conduct in their own homes. And all is the result of the spiritual nature implanted in them by the Holy Spirit. Just as the caterpillar when it becomes a butterfly can no longer be content to crawl on earth—but will fly upwards and use its wings, so will the affections of the man who has the Spirit be ever reaching upwards toward God.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can those whose minds are wholly intent on the things of this world be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

8. All who have the Spirit feel a conflict within them, between the old nature and the new.

The words of Paul are true, more or less, of all the children of God: “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh–so that you cannot do the things that you would.” (Gal. 5:17.) They feel a holy principle within their bosoms, which makes them delight in the law of God—but they feel another principle within, striving hard for the mastery, and struggling to drag them downwards and backwards. Some feel this conflict more than others—but all who have the Spirit are acquainted with it; and it is a token for good. It is a proof that the ‘strong man armed’ no longer reigns within, as he once did, with undisputed sway. The presence of the Holy Spirit may be known by inward warfare as well as by inward peace. He who has been taught to rest and hope in Christ, will always be one who fights and wars with sin.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who knows nothing of inward conflict, and is a servant to sin, the world, and his own self-will, can he be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

9. All who have the Spirit love others who have the Spirit.

It is written of them by John, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.” (1 John 3:14.) The more they see of the Holy Spirit in anyone, the more dear he is to them. They regard him as a member of the same family, a child of the same Father, a subject of the same King, and a fellow-traveler with themselves in a foreign country towards the same father-land. It is the glory of the Spirit to bring back something of that brotherly love, which sin has so miserably chased out of the world. He makes people love one another for reasons which to the natural man are foolishness—for the sake of a common Savior, a common faith, a common service on earth, and the hope of a common home. He raises up friendships independent of blood, marriage, interest, business, or any worldly motive. He unites people by making them feel they are united to one great center, Jesus Christ.

I appeal again to every thinking reader. Can he who finds no pleasure in the company of spiritually-minded people, or even sneers at them as saints—can he be said to have the Spirit? Judge for yourself.

10. Finally, all who have the Spirit are taught by Him to pray.

He is called in Scripture, “The Spirit of grace and supplication.” (Zechariah 12:10.) The elect of God are said to “cry to Him night and day.” (Luke 18:7.) They cannot help it—their prayers may be poor, and weak, and wandering—but pray they must; something within them tells them they must speak with God and lay their needs before Him. Just as the infant will cry when it feels pain or hunger, because it is its nature, so will the new nature implanted by the Holy Spirit oblige a man to pray. He has the Spirit of adoption, and he must cry, “Abba, Father.” (Gal. 4:6.)

Once more I appeal to every thinking reader. Can the man who never prays at all, or is content with saying a few formal heartless words, can he be said to have the Spirit? For the last time I say, Judge for yourself.

Such are the marks and signs by which I believe the presence of the Holy Spirit in a man may be discerned. I have set them down fairly as they appear to me to be laid before us in the Scriptures. I have endeavored to exaggerate nothing, and to keep back nothing. I believe there are no true Christians in whom these marks may not be found. Some of them, no doubt, stand out more prominently in some, and others in others. My own experience is distinct and decided—that I never saw a truly godly person, even of the poorest and humblest classes, in whom, on close observation, these marks might not be discovered.

Recommended Resource: Walking in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Ten Classic Sermons by Charles Spurgeon

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“Aduceţi-vă aminte de mai-marii voştri care v-au vestit Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu; uitaţi-vă cu băgare de seamă la sfârşitul felului lor de vieţuire şi urmaţi-le credinţa!” – Evrei 13:7 Fiţi binecuvântaţi!

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D.L. Moody was successful as an evangelist even before three key events in his life. First, the preaching of Henry Moorehouse, second, the addition of powerful vocalist Ira Sanke to the evangelism team, and third, the Chicago Fire and his subsequent baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here is a succinct summary of D. L. Moody’s life and work

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Ciprian I. Bârsan

Fără Dumnezeu, noi muritorii suntempierduți, prăbușiți în probleme, păcate, poveri…

Însă, pentru noi muritorii pierduți, Dumnezeu a trimis pe Singurul Său Fiu, pe Domnul Isus pentru noi…

Privind spre noi, apoi văzând dragostea lui Dumnezeu putem să ne întrebăm:



⁃ din  seacă

⁃ din  ce ne sufocă

⁃ din  nepotrivite ce produc suferință


⁃ problema urgentă a

⁃ aduce în suflet

⁃ arată cum și mai ales când trebuie să în sus


⁃ din  lumii

⁃ din  vieții

⁃ din  falimentului


⁃ din robie

,,Să-ţi aduci aminte că şi tu ai fost rob în ţara Egiptului şi că Domnul Dumnezeul tău te-a răscumpărat: de aceea îţi dau astăzi porunca aceasta.” (Deut.15:15)

⁃ din rușinea Egiptului

M-am rugat Domnului şi am zis: „Stăpâne, Doamne, nu nimici pe poporul Tău, moştenirea Ta, pe…

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2 MARTIE 2023

Dar ați fost spălați, dar ați fost sfințiți, dar ați fost îndreptățiți în Numele Domnului Isus și prin Duhul Dumnezeului nostru.
1 Corinteni 6.11
Îndreptățire și sfințire (2)
Creștinul este nu doar îndreptățit, ci și sfințit; el este un sfânt. Această afirmație îi poate uimi pe cei obișnuiți cu expresiile teologice normale, de exemplu că, în timp ce îndreptățirea este un act făcut o singură dată, sfințirea este gradată și progresivă. Nu negăm că există o sfințire gradată, adică un progres al sfințirii în umblare pentru cel care, rămânând în Fiul, crește de la statura de copilaș la cea de tânăr și, în cele din urmă, la cea de părinte, în familia lui Dumnezeu (1 Ioan 2.13). Această creștere este deosebit de importantă și nu dorim nicidecum s-o minimalizăm în vreun fel. Totuși, Scriptura afirmă cu tărie că cel credincios este sfințit o dată pentru totdeauna, că este sfânt, adică nu doar în ce privește umblarea sa, ci și în ce privește poziția sa înaintea lui Dumnezeu, prin chemarea divină.
Acest aspect al sfințirii va fi înțeles mai bine dacă privim la cuvintele Domnului nostru: „Pentru ei Eu Mă sfințesc pe Mine Însumi, ca și ei să fie sfințiți prin adevăr“ (Ioan 17.19). Este evident că Domnul nu putea fi făcut mai sfânt, fiindcă El a fost întotdeauna perfect de sfânt, însă a fost pus deoparte ca Cel Sfânt, pentru un scop special. Tot așa, cei credincioși sunt puși deoparte ca sfințiți sau ca sfinți; nu prin sfințenia umblării, ci prin chemarea și prin voia lui Dumnezeu, deși rezultatul acestei sfințiri trebuie bineînțeles să fie o umblare sfântă. În cartea Fapte și în epistole, cei credincioși sunt numiți sfinți de mai mult de cincizeci de ori, iar cuvântul este întotdeauna aplicat tuturor celor credincioși, niciodată doar unei clase speciale de credincioși, a căror umblare este mai sfântă decât a celorlalți. Astfel vedem că toți creștinii adevărați sunt îndreptățiți și făcuți apți pentru glorie. Ei sunt de asemenea sfințiți, adică făcuți sfinți

2 MARTIE 2023

Cine va crede și va fi botezat va fi mântuit; dar cine nu va crede va fi condamnat. Marcu 16.16
Două săgeți în tolbă (1)
Avea 97 de ani, arăta bine și nu avea nevoie nici de ochelari, nici de aparat auditiv. Un bătrân deosebit! M-am așezat lângă el și i-am spus că vreau să-i vorbesc despre Dumnezeu și despre Biblie. El m-a întrerupt: „Nu vă osteniți. Nu cred nici în Dumnezeu, nici în cer, nici în iad. Am 97 de ani și eu singur mi-am purtat de grijă. Am de gând să ajung la 100 de ani. Atunci mă voi simți realizat în totul și voi putea muri liniștit“.
I-am spus versetul din Evrei 9.27: „Oamenilor le este rânduit să moară o singură dată, iar după aceea vine judecata“. Din nou m-a întrerupt: „Prostii! Când omul moare, s-a terminat totul“. Apoi mi-a citat din scriitorul său îndrăgit, un ateu. Am stat acolo aproape o oră. Ascultându-l, m-am gândit că era un bătrân simpatic și că nu mai avea mult timp de trăit. Îmi doream atât de mult să-i citesc câteva cuvinte din Biblie!
În cele din urmă s-a oprit și l-am rugat să mă asculte timp de zece minute. Știam că numai Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu, care este „ca un ciocan care sfărâmă în bucăți stânca“ (Ieremia 23.29), îl putea ajuta. De aceea i-am citit din Biblie: „Cine va crede și va fi botezat va fi mântuit; dar cine nu va crede va fi condamnat“ (Marcu 16.16). — „Fiindcă atât de mult a iubit Dumnezeu lumea, că L-a dat pe singurul Său Fiu, pentru ca oricine crede în El să nu piară, ci să aibă viața veșnică“ (Ioan 3.16). Oare vor atinge cuvintele lui Dumnezeu inima lui?
Citirea Bibliei: Exod 33.1-11 · Luca 14.1-11

2 MARTIE 2023
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GÂNDURI DESPRE VIAȚA DE APOI (1) – Fundația S.E.E.R. România

„Omul, odată mort, ar putea să mai învie?” (Iov 14:14)

În anul 616 d.Hr., la curtea regelui Edwin din Northumbria, Anglia, au sosit primii misionari creștini. În sala mare a palatului, bogat luminată de numeroase torțe, ei au prezentat Evanghelia. Regele a ascultat, apoi s-a consultat cu sfetnicii săi. Un nobil i-a spus: „Viața este ca o sală de bal. Înăuntru este lumină, foc, căldură și sărbătoare, dar afară este frig și întuneric. O vrabie intră printr-o fereastră de la un capăt al sălii și zboară ieșind pe fereastra din celălalt capăt. Așa este viața! La naștere, apărem din necunoscut… suntem aici pentru puțină vreme, înconjurați de confort și fericire… iar apoi zburăm afară în frig, întuneric și viitor necunoscut. Se poate oare ca această religie să aprindă o lumină în întuneric pentru noi?”

Noi, care credem în înviere putem răspunde „Da!” Un puls defectuos, o celulă malignă sau un accident tragic poate pune capăt vieții, așa cum o știm noi. Dar acesta nu e sfârșitul! Și dacă nu crezi asta, iată ce ne spune Biblia: „dacă n-a înviat Hristos, credinţa voastră este zadarnică, voi sunteţi încă în păcatele voastre, şi prin urmare şi cei ce au adormit în Hristos, sunt pierduţi. Dacă numai pentru viaţa aceasta ne-am pus nădejdea în Hristos, atunci suntem cei mai nenorociţi dintre toţi oamenii! Dar acum, Hristos a înviat din morţi, pârga celor adormiţi” (1 Corinteni 15:17-20). Pentru cei credincioși, sfârșitul vieții înseamnă începutul unei vieți glorioase cu Hristos în ceruri!


de Jean Koechlin
2 MARTIE 2023

Proverbe 16.16‑33
Dacă s‑ar anunţa descoperirea unor zăcăminte de aur în vreun punct de pe glob, în câteva săptămâni s‑ar şi vedea construindu-se acolo oraşe întregi. O publicitate care anunţă un mod uşor de a câştiga bani va primi răspunsuri fără număr. În schimb, dobândirea înţelepciunii nu stârneşte nicio concurenţă (comp. cu v. 16). Singurul care‑i cunoaşte valoarea este ucenicul lui Isus care ia aminte la Cuvântul Său (v. 20; Psalmul 119.127). Prada împărţită cu cei mândri nu constituie o atracţie pentru el; plăcerea şi‑o găseşte alături de cei smeriţi şi blânzi (v. 19).
Inima înţeleptului este aceea care dă înţelepciune gurii sale (v. 23). Dragostea este cea care îi inspiră cuvintele plăcute şi dulci, care sunt ca un balsam pentru sufletele bolnave.
În contrast cu omul drept (v. 17) şi înţelept cu inima (v. 21), versetele 27-30 schiţează portretul omului lui Belial: este înşelător,violent, sapă pentru rău, răspândeşte ce a dezgolit, seamănă certuri şi dezbinări, întreţine un foc rău. Să ne păzim de această însoţire periculoasă şi să urmăm în această lume calea oamenilor drepţi: ea obligă la multă prudenţă pentru a evita răul (v. 17; 2 Timotei 2.22)!
Să medităm puţin şi la versetul 32. Cea mai strălucită victorie pe care o poate dobândi un om puternic constă în a‑şi stăpâni propriul duh (în contrast cu cap. 25.28).

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