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Author Topic: CHAPTER FIVE - THE SPIRIT WORKS IN PEOPLE  (Read 1224 times)
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« on: January 25, 2010, 05:30:15 AM »



S. Franklin Logsdon

"It is expedient for you that I go away . . . I will send him unto you"

Copyright @ 1960



"It is God which worketh in you"

IN ORDER TO APPLY the merits of the Saviour's work on the cross, the Spirit takes up His abode in the believer. This, then, may be termed the domain of the Spirit—"in you," that is, in the Christian.


The taunting oppressors prodded the psalmist daily with the question, "Where is thy God?" (Psalm 42:10). At a later date, eastern scientists journeyed westward with the inquiry, "Where is he?[/b]" (Matthew 2:2). In answer to the former question, David said: "The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven" (Psalm 11:4). For the latter, the Angel of the Lord furnished this information: "They shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Matthew 1:23). If, in our day, it be asked where God is, a Christian may unhesitatingly reply, "God is in me." This is where He is, and this is where He works.

"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Philippians 2:13).

This important statement will yield much light if we will but subject it to four simple questions.

(1) Who works?
(2) Where?
(3) How?
(4) Why?

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2010, 05:32:35 AM »


Who works?

"It is God which worketh." Nothing is clearer in Scripture than the fact that God is the operator in spiritual accomplishments. "Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it" (Psalm 127:1).

The Lord made an inspection of men's work and reported, "Their webs shall not become garments" (Isaiah 59:6).

- Man builds dynasties which disintegrate, civilizations which crumble, principalities which perish.
- Man's wisdom weakens his judgment; his ingenuity inflates his ego; his inventions threaten his ruin.
- Men are more imaginative, but less manageable; more cultured, but more corrupt.

"Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel, but not of me" (Isaiah 30:1). God with His wisdom and power must work to insure success and permanence in any enterprise.

As the "goings forth" of the Saviour have been from everlasting (Micah 5:2), even so have been the activities of the Spirit.

 He was prominent in the creation of the world: "The spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2).
 He was the promoting force in the construction of Solomon's great house of worship: "The pattern . . . he had by the Spirit" (I Chronicles 28:12).
 He is the power in producing the temple of God which is made of living stones: "In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22).

It is He who works in the believer.


Where does God work?

"It is God which worketh in you." Of course, this is God the Holy Spirit. He is in the believer, and this is where He works. Since out of the heart, out of the innermost being, are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23), this is the logical province for His operation.

He originates, motivates and consummates.

When we substitute will power for His working, we automatically place ourselves at a disadvantage. Failure becomes inevitable. "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23). What an abundance of testimony can be adduced to bolster this fact! A man like Napoleon could defeat great armies, but could not control his own wicked cravings which eventually wrought his downfall.

The Holy Spirit, who indwells the believer must be allowed to perform His work. Then the fruit of the Spirit will be evident. "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22, 23) will abound. He may find it necessary at times to do some pruning (disciplining), but this is ever "for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness" (Hebrews 12:10). This yields "the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Hebrews 12:11).

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2010, 05:33:42 AM »


How does God work?

"To will and to do." It is at once apparent that the Holy Spirit originates the desire as well as operates in the realization of it. He deals with our attitudes as well as with our actions. These infinitives, "to will" and "to do," are the Siamese twins of spiritual success.

"To will." No one will do God's will who does not desire God's way. "If any man will do his will," Jesus revealed, "he shall know of the doctrine" (John 7:17). Desire leads to knowledge, and knowledge leads to activity. Lack of fruitful activity is attributable then to lack of desire. It is unmistakably clear that, if unhindered, the Holy Spirit will create the desire which is the hunger and thirst for righteousness. He will give one the desire to forgive, to pray, to study, to witness, to love.

"To do." We must face the fact, if ever so reluctantly, that the work of the church lags. We must agree that the Holy Spirit wants to accomplish more than is being realized. It must also be emphasized that the Spirit of God never lacks purpose or power. The fault lies squarely and undeniably with the unyieldedness of those whom He indwells.

As long as we initiate programs in the energy of the flesh, just that long we will remain unproductive. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing" (John 6:63).

Why do we not understand that the Spirit of God works to give a holy desire to our hearts and a wholesome task to our hands?


Why does God work within us?

"To do of his good pleasure." But what is His good pleasure?

Our selfish hearts dictate and demand self-satisfaction so much that we may grievously overlook the pleasure of God.

 We read that it pleased God to bruise His Son (Isaiah 53:10). This was to give us life.
 In the same verse we read: "The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." This is to give us life more abundant.
 Further: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). This is to give life with a glorious prospect.

The above, though but a brief allusion to an infinite provision, has to do with God's pleasure in giving to us.

There is another side—His pleasure in receiving from us.

- He desires our love: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God" (Luke 10:27).
- He desires our devotion: "Set your affection on things above[/b]" (Colossians 3:2).
- He wants our obedience: "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children[/b]" (Ephesians 5:1).

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 05:34:22 AM »

This whole practical matter is summarized in His own revelation in Jeremiah 9:24: "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I DELIGHT, said the Lord."

If the Holy Spirit were allowed to perform His work in us, we would put off the old man with all his deeds; we would put on the new man; we would draw near to God and God would draw near to us (James 4:Cool. The atmosphere would change; the church would flourish; the Devil would be put to flight. Heaven would come down our souls to greet and glory would crown the Mercy Seat.

"It is God [the Holy Spirit] which worketh in you."

~ end of chapter 5 ~





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