‘When I want to do good’ (Romans 7:21)
Every believer has experienced the renewing of the Holy Spirit; sin does not have dominion over them. They perceive the beauty of holiness, and loath themselves on account of sin. They would be internally holy, and externally conformed to the precepts of the Bible. They would pray with fervour; praise with gratitude; believe with confidence; war against sin, Satan and the flesh with courage; and glorify God by every feeling, thought, word and action.
Thus they feel, and for this they pray in their best moments. But they find that they need the frequent renewing of the Holy Spirit, for they are prone to sink into coldness, deadness, darkness and stupidity – and they are obliged to cry out, “I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word” [Psalm 119:25].
The Lord must work in us to WILL as well as to DO; for by nature we are unwilling, and the desire after holiness, proved by effort to obtain it, is from God. Beloved, you must be coming to Jesus daily for fresh supplies of the Spirit, or you will find yourself not only weak but careless; not only will the power of godliness decline, but you will become indifferent. Watch against temptation. Watch into prayer.
O Lord, assist me through the fight,
My drooping spirit raise;
Make me triumphant in thy might,
And thine shall be the praise.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘A precious word of comfort has been given me, it came as if God did whisper into my soul, “He is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23). Yes Lord, Thou art faithful.’