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Quench not the Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Some people are so afraid of emotionalism that there is an absence of a true and a healthy and a God-given emotion among them.
What is this all due to? I believe it is due to a pseudo-intellectualism, a false sense of what is respectable, and I am profoundly convinced that this may be one of the greatest hindrances to revival. You see, we pride ourselves on our learning.
One of the greatest intellects that this world has ever known was the apostle Paul. But look at him as he is moved by a grand sweep of emotion. He starts off on a point, but suddenly he names Christ, and he is lost. He forgets what he is saying, and he bursts into magnificent eloquence. And then he comes back to his point again. Disorder, if you like, inconsistencies —use your own term. Yes, but it is the glory of the man; this giant intellect, who could be moved by the truth, was moved to tears.
As George Whitefield was preaching about the glories of grace and salvation, tears were pouring down his cheeks, and those who listened to him were weeping, too. It is true of all these men; yet we may be so hard and so intellectual and so controlled. This is not a plea for emotionalism, which I have denounced—it is a plea for emotion. God save us from being so afraid of the false that we quench the Spirit of God and become so respectable and so pseudo-intellectual that the Spirit of God is kept back, and we go on in our dryness and aridity and in our comparative futility and helplessness and uselessness. Let us approximate a little more closely to the church as she is depicted in the pages of the New Testament. “Quench not the Spirit” but at the same time “prove all things; hold fast that which is good (5:21).”
A Thought to Ponder
This is not a plea for emotionalism—it is a plea for emotion.
From Revival, p. 79.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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