joh 06v63 It Is The Spirit That Quickeneth
"IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH"
The success of our labors in this world for the glory of Christ and the souls of men is entirely dependent upon the power of God the Holy Spirit. Talented musicians, eloquent preachers, and religious entertainment can draw crowds and fill our church buildings; but the Spirit of God alone can give life to dead sinners. It is the Spirit who makes the Word of God a Word of life. It is the Spirit who convicts men of sin. It is the Spirit who reveals Christ in the heart. It is the Spirit who regenerates. It is the Spirit who gives faith in Christ and repentance toward God.
For us to attempt the work of God without the presence and power of the Holy Spirit of God is futile; and our efforts would be vain. A man can pray, but he is only saying words unless the Spirit makes intercession for him with groanings which cannot be uttered. A man can preach, but his preaching is empty and powerless unless the Spirit of God speaks through him. Without the Spirit of God working in the hearts of his people and speaking through the voice of his servants, preaching is just an exercise of speech, nothing more than the multiplication of sounds and syllables. IT IS GOD IN US THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE! Without the Spirit of God our worship is dead worship, our praying is dead praying, our singing is dead singing singing, our preaching is dead preaching. It is all empty religious ritualism. It is just the exercise of religious habit. Without God the Holy Spirit working in us and through us we are sterile. We cannot do anything for the souls of men and the glory of Christ. We will serve no useful purpose in our generation.
I have said all of this, not to discourage you, but to encourage you to cry unto God continually for the unction of his Spirit upon us. "Come from the four winds, O Breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live!"