Outpouring Of Spiritual Life
By Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
Then comes a promise, fuller in words and as rich in grace: “I will pour water on him who is thirsty” (Isa. 44:3). You shall have the grace you need. Water refreshes the thirsty: you shall be refreshed, your desires shall be gratified. Water quickens sleeping vegetable life: your life shall be quickened by fresh grace. Water swells the buds and makes the fruits ripe: you shall have fructifying grace, you shall be made fruitful in the ways of God. Whatever good quality there is in divine grace, you shall enjoy it to the full. You shall receive in plenty all the riches of divine grace; you shall be as it were drenched with it; and as sometimes the meadows become flooded by the bursting rivers and the field turned into pools, so shall you be; the thirsty land shall be springs of water.
Oh my brethren, when the Holy Spirit visits a man, what a difference it makes in him! I know a preacher, once as dull and dead a man as ever misused a pulpit; under his slumbering ministry there were few conversions, and the congregation grew thinner and thinner, good men sighed in secret, and the enemy said, “Aha! so would we have it.” The revival came; the Holy Spirit worked gloriously, the preacher felt the divine fire and suddenly woke up to energy and zeal. The man appeared to be transformed; his tongue seemed touched with fire; elaborate and written discourses were laid aside, and he began to speak from his own glowing heart to the hearts of others. He preached as he had never done before; the place filled; the dry bones were stirred, and quickening began.
The Spirit of God is a great wonder worker. You will notice certain church members; they have never been good for much; we have had their names on the roll, and that is all. Suddenly the Spirit of God has come upon them, and they have been honored among us for their zeal and usefulness. We have seen them here and there and everywhere diligent in the service of God, and foremost in all kinds of Christian labor, though before you could hardly get them to stir an inch.
I wish that the quickening Spirit would come down upon me, and upon you, upon every one of us in abundance, to create in us – men valiant for truth and mighty for the Lord. Do not lose the blessing through being remiss, but ask and you shall receive.