Thy good Spirit

Every day I read one of the devotions from the archives of Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening”.   (http://www.answersingenesis.org/devotions/devotions.asp) and below you will find his devotion entitled “Thy good Spirit”.
When I read it I realized that over the years I have heard Christians speak about their love for God and their love for Christ but rarely have I ever heard someone say how much they loved the Holy Spirit. 
Yet, as Spurgeon so aptly points out, our very existence is His work.
 
We love God because God is. . . .
We love Jesus Christ because He saved us. . . .
But as the third Person of God, He dwells within us by His Spirit for He Himself is even now seated in heaven at the right hand of God our Father.  So every time I do something good, it is because of the Holy Spirit and every kind, honest, creative or patient thought I have ever had was prompted by His presence within me.
 
Spurgeon ended his devotion by saying, “The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost. He is so good and kind, that it is sad indeed that He should be grieved by slights and negligence’s.”
 
C. H. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” for Thursday, February 16, 2012   
 
“Thy good Spirit.”
Nehemiah 9:20, “You sent Your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold Your manna from their mouths, and You gave them water for their thirst.”
 
“Common, too common is the sin of forgetting the Holy Spirit. This is folly and ingratitude. He deserves well at our hands, for He is good, supremely good. As God, He is good essentially. He shares in the threefold ascription of Holy, holy, holy, which ascends to the Triune Jehovah. Unmixed purity and truth, and grace is He. He is good benevolently, tenderly bearing with our waywardness, striving with our rebellious wills; quickening us from our death in sin, and then training us for the skies as a loving nurse fosters her child. How generous, forgiving, and tender is this patient Spirit of God. He is good operatively. All His works are good in the most eminent degree: He suggests good thoughts, prompts good actions, reveals good truths, applies good promises, assists in good attainments, and leads to good results. There is no spiritual good in all the world of which He is not the author and sustainer, and heaven itself will owe the perfect character of its redeemed inhabitants to His work. He is good officially; whether as Comforter, Instructor, Guide, Sanctifier, Quickener, or Intercessor, He fulfils His office well, and each work is fraught with the highest good to the church of God. They who yield to His influences become good, they who obey His impulses do good, they who live under His power receive good. Let us then act towards so good a person according to the dictates of gratitude. Let us revere His person, and adore Him as God over all, blessed for ever; let us own His power, and our need of Him by waiting upon Him in all our holy enterprises; let us hourly seek His aid, and never grieve Him; and let us speak to His praise whenever occasion occurs. The church will never prosper until more reverently it believes in the Holy Ghost. He is so good and kind, that it is sad indeed that He should be grieved by slights and negligence’s.”
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My prayer to begin this day is this. . . .
Lord God, Father of all, Creator of all, Possessor of all, I have failed to thank You for Your work in me by Your Holy Spirit.  Often I bless God for His mercy and grace and often I praise and worship my Savior Jesus for the salvation that I received from Him, but rarely have I blessed and praised Your Holy Spirit for His dedication to me, to my comfort, to my spiritual growth.  And yet I know that it is His work in me that has brought me this far.  Your amazing grace is within me by Your Holy Spirit and I thank You this moment and will thank You and love You every moment of my life.  For it is in You and You in me by Your Spirit that I live.
amen
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