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Secret Power: 46: What It Is Not

By D.L. Moody


      I admit there is such a thing as resisting the Spirit of God, and resisting till the Spirit of God has departed; but if the Spirit of God has left any, they will not be troubled about their sins. The very fact that they are troubled, shows that the Spirit of God has not left them. If a man is troubled about his sins, it is the work of the Spirit; for Satan never yet told him he was a sinner. Satan makes us believe that we are pretty good; that we are good enough without God, safe without Christ and that we don't need salvation.

      But when a man wakes up to the fact that he is lost, that he is a sinner, that is the work of the Spirit; and if the Spirit of God had left him, he would not be in that state; and just because men and women want to be Christians, is a sign that the Spirit of God is drawing them.

      If resisting the Spirit of God is an unpardonable sin, then we have all committed it, and there is no hope for any of us; for I do not believe there is a minister, or a worker in Christ's vineyard, who has not, some time in his life, resisted the Holy Ghost; who has not some time in his life rejected the Spirit of God.

      To resist the Holy Ghost is one thing, and to commit that awful sin of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, is another thing; and we want to take the Scripture and just compare them. Now, some people say, "I have such blasphemous thoughts; there are some awful thoughts that come into my mind against God," and they think that is the unpardonable sin.

      We are not to blame for having...BAD THOUGHTS come into our minds. If we harbor them, then we are to blame. But if the devil comes and darts an evil thought into my mind, and I say, "Lord help me," sin is not reckoned to me. Who has not had evil thoughts come into his mind, flash into his heart, and been called to fight them! One old divine says, "You are not to blame for the birds that fly over your head, but if you allow them to come down and make a nest in your hair, then you are to blame. You are to blame if you don't fight them off."

      And so with these evil thoughts that come flashing into our minds; we have to fight them, we are not to harbor them; we are not to entertain them. If I have evil thoughts come into my mind, and evil desires, it is no sign that I have committed the unpardonable sin. If I love these thoughts and harbor them, and think evil of God, and think Jesus Christ a blasphemer, I am responsible for such gross iniquity: but if I charge Him with being the prince of devils, then I am committing the unpardonable sin.

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See Also:
   1: It's Source
   2: Identity and Personality
   3: Agent and Instrument
   4: Secret of Efficiency
   5: Reservoir of Love
   6: Right Overflow
   7: The Triumphs of Love
   8: The Boon of Victory
   9: Power In and Upon
   10: Praising God with One Heart
   11: What is Needed
   12: None of Self
   13: The Greatest Weapon
   14: Spiritual Irrigation
   15: Outflowing Streams
   16: Why Some Fail?
   17: Fresh Supplies
   18: Green Fields
   19: Master and Servant
   20: Witnessing in Power
   21: What is Testimony?
   22: Greater Work
   23: The Sure Guide
   24: Rappings in the Dark
   25: Spirits that Peep and Mutter
   26: The Unerring Guide
   27: An Aid to Memory
   28: Long and Short Sight
   29: The Faithful Friend
   30: The Climax Sin
   31: Power in Operation
   32: That Gospel Sermon on The Blessed Hope
   33: What Wins
   34: Power of Love
   35: Love's Wonderful Effects
   36: Critics Beware
   37: After Love, What?
   38: Not Easily Offended
   39: Sweet Words
   40: Peace Declared
   41: Secret of Joy
   42: Joy is Unselfish
   43: Joy in Persecution
   44: Power Hindered
   45: The Unpardonable Sin
   46: What It Is Not
   47: The Faithful Friend 2
   48: The Church Grieves the Spirit
   49: Worldly Amusements
   50: Unconverted Choirs
   51: What is Success?
   52: Shipwrecks
   53: Quench Not
   54: Emblems of the Spirit

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