Day 15 of 21 Days of Prayer

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a preacher at a mega church in the nineteenth century. He pastored the famed Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. He has been called “the Prince of Preachers”. He was a Baptist preacher who had much influence with the wealthy, and a great compassion for the poor. His preaching is still admired today. Sturgeon once preached a message on “The Power of the Holy Spirit”, less than 50 years before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that propelled the Twentieth Century Pentecostal Movement, and eventually, what would be known as the Charismatic Renewal. In his message he prophesied of that very movement. His words are still relevant for our day…

“Another great work of the Holy Spirit, which is not accomplished is the bringing on of the latter-day glory. In a few more years – I know not when, I know not how – the Holy Spirit will be poured out in far different style from the present. There are diversities of operations; and during the last few years it has been the case that the diversified operations have consisted of very little of pouring out of the Spirit. Ministers have gone on in dull routine, continually preaching – preaching – preaching, and little good has been done. I do hope that a fresh era has dawned upon us, and that there is a better pouring out of the Spirit even now. For the hour is coming, and it may even be now, when the Holy Ghost will be poured out again in such a wonderful manner, that many will run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased – the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the surface of the great deep; when His kingdom shall come, and His will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven … My eyes flash with the thought that very likely I shall live to see the out-pouring of the Spirit; when ‘the sons and the daughters of God shall prophesy, and the young men shall see visions, and the old men shall dream dreams.’” ­-C.H. Spurgeon – 1857 sermon, “The Power of the Holy Spirit:”

 

Pastor Shane Ogle
Troy Campus Pastor