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Secret Power: 54: Emblems of the Spirit

By D.L. Moody


      But I would further call attention to the emblems of the Holy Spirit. An emblem is something that represents an object; the same as a balance is an emblem of justice, and a crown and emblem of royalty, and a scepter is an emblem of power; so we find in the 17th chapter of Exodus and 6th verse, that water is an emblem of the Holy Spirit. You find in the Smitten Rock, in the wilderness, the work of the Trinity illustrated.

      Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. Paul declares, in Corinthians, that the rock was Christ; it represented Christ. God says: I will stand upon the rock," and as Moses smote the rock the water came out, which was an emblem of the Holy Spirit; and it flowed out along through the camp; and they drank of the water.

      Now water is cleansing; it is fertilizing; it is refreshing; it is abundant, and it is freely given: and so the Spirit of God is the same: cleansing, fertilizing, refreshing, reviving, and He was freely given when the smitten Christ was glorified. Then, too, fire is an emblem of the Spirit; it is purifying, illuminating, searching. We talk about searching our hearts. We can not do it. What we want is to have God search them. O that God may search us and bring out the hidden things, the secret things that cluster there and bring them to light. The wind is another emblem.

      It is independent, powerful, sensible in its effects, and reviving; how the Spirit of God revives when He comes to all the drooping members of the Church. Then the rain and the dew - fertilizing, refreshing, abundant; and the dove, gentle -what more gentle than the dove; and the lamb? - gentle, meek, innocent, a sacrifice. We read of the wrath of God; we read of the wrath of the Lamb, but nowhere do we read of the wrath of the Holy Spirit - gentle, innocent, meek, loving; and that Spirit wants to take possession of our hearts. And He comes as a voice, another emblem - speaking, guiding, warning, teaching; and the seal - impressing, securing, and making us as His own.

      May we know Him in all His wealth of blessing. This is my prayer for myself - for you. May we heed the words of the grand Apostle: "My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit, and of power: that your faith should not stand IN THE WISDOM OF MEN, BUT IN THE 'POWER' OF GOD.

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   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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