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The Power Of Godliness

By Charles H. Spurgeon

    “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away” (2 Tim. 3:5).

    What is that power?  God Himself is the power of godliness.  The Holy Spirit is the life and force of it.  Godliness is the power which brings a man to God and binds him to Him.  Godliness is that which creates repentance towards God and faith in Him.  Godliness is the result of a great change of heart in reference to God and His character.  Godliness looks towards God and mourns its distance from Him.  Godliness hastens to draw near and rests not till it is at home with God.

    Godliness makes a man like God.  Godliness leads a man to love God and to serve God.  It brings the fear of God before his eyes and the love of God into his heart.  Godliness leads to consecration, to sanctification, to concentration.  The godly man seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and expects other things to be added to him.  Godliness makes a man commune with God and gives him a partnership with God in His glorious designs.  And so it prepares him to dwell with God forever.

    Many who have the form of godliness are strangers to this power and so are in religion worldly, in prayer mechanical, in public one thing and in private another.  True godliness lies in spiritual power and they who are without this are dead while they live.

    Let me give you a word of admonition.  Learn from the text that there is something in godliness worth having.  The “form” of godliness is not all – there is a blessed “power.”  The Holy Spirit is that power and He can work in you to will and to do of God’s good pleasure.  Come to Jesus Christ, dear souls.  Do not come to the minister, nor to the church, in the first place.  But come to Jesus.  Come and lay yourselves at His feet and say, “Lord, I will not be comforted unless You comfort me.”  Come and take everything at first hand from your crucified Lord.  Then shall you know the power of godliness.