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BY EDWARD LEIGH PELL
Stripped of all technicalities, enthusiasm, mysticism and hair-splitting, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is that Jesus has promised that the Father will give to those of us who obey him in love "another Comforter," who shall abide with us, and be to us for all time what Jesus himself was to his disciples during his earthly ministry. In a word, if we obey him in love we shall have no occasion to envy the disciples who saw him in the flesh, for the Holy Spirit will be to us a present Christ and he will abide with us forever.
The Source of Power 97 Let us see if we can realize what this means. Here are a hundred and twenty followers of Jesus — plain, obscure men and women praying and waiting. Well may they wait, for there is no one in the entire band who has the power to take the first step in the great work which the Master has planned for them. And well may they pray, for if the power they need does not come from heaven there is no hope that it will come from anywhere else. There is no man in authority who is going to throw the weight of his influence in their behalf; there is no powerful organization coming to their help; there is no hope that they will have the aid of the influence that comes
from wealth or social position. They are set apart for a great work; they are to be the instruments of supernatural power; but now they are powerless. They are but dead wires. Suddenly the Holy Spirit enters their
98 The Life Worth While hearts. It is like the rushing of an electric current into a wire that has been prepared to furnish light and power. Before the current is turned on the wire is dead; the next moment the electric fluid bursts into dazzling light and sets every wheel going. But a little while ago they forsook their Master in his hour of trial. A little while ago Peter found himself too weak to endure the scorn of a servant girl. A little while ago they were not bold enough to whisper the name of the Master outside of the upper room. They did not have the courage; they did not have the knowledge ; they did not have the magnetism ; they did not have anything which they peculiarly needed for their work. ow the men who fled from Gethsemane to escape arrest go forth and arrest the attention of the great multitude that would have crucified them with their leader. ow even Peter, who had denied his Master and backed up his denial by
The Source of Power 99 oaths, stands forth as strong as a giant, and
dares to charge the men of Jerusalem with slaying his Lord. What does all this mean. Simply that the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, is our light and our power; that without him, whatever may be our equipment, we are but dead wires ; that with him we may have all the light and the power we need. Yesterday we went forth to the day's tasks, praying that we might walk as Christ our example would have us walk. There came a time when we did not know which way to turn ; we needed light. There came a time when we grew weak in the face of duty; another moment, and we stumbled from sheer weakness of soul. All the day long we denied our Master; not in so many words like Peter, and yet we denied him, for all the day long our actions said that we di<J not know Jesus. Last night we wept bitterly on our pillows and wondered if to LOFC.
100 The Life Worth While live means to fail in everything we try to do. What was the matter? We were but dead wires. What will give us courage for to-day? What will give us light that we may not stumble in the way? To whom shall we go but to him who has promised the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, who will guide us into all truth?
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