One thing I should like to say before leaving this point—remember there are two spirits—there is the Spirit of God and the spirit of the world. This last is everywhere active and Believers feel it to be their foe—it works evil and only evil. Only the Spirit of God can save you—the spirit of the world will ruin all who yield to it. I warn you against the spirit of this age—the spirit of the world. Do not lay yourselves under the influence of the spirit of the world. For even if you are truly saved, its pestilential influence will injure you.
Are you seeking salvation? Keep clear of the spirit of the world as much as possible. And you will have no easy task, for its contagion will be found in men professing religion but cunningly undermining it. And it is prevalent in books which pretend to reverence our Lord while they betray Him. The religious world is more dangerous, by far than the sensual world. It wears the sheepskin but it has all the fierceness of the wolf. You cannot expect the Spirit of God to bless you if you yield to the spirit of the world.
Do not meddle with that which is doubtful. There are works of fiction nowadays in abundance whose tendency is polluting—the world is drenched with them. Avoid them as you would a bath of acid. If you would find eternal life, go where the Spirit of God works—search the Scriptures and hear the Truth of God through which the Spirit of God usually operates. And associate with those in whom the Spirit of God dwells.
Hear that preaching which comes from God—for that alone will lead you to Him. You can soon tell what sort the preaching is—I do not think you need to stay ten minutes before you will find out whether it is according to the spirit of the world, or is in the power of the Spirit of God. Those two opposite spirits are waging a fierce battle at this hour. And I grieve to say it— many who profess godliness are tainted with the spirit of the world.
Take heed that you follow the right Spirit, for in so doing you will find the things which are freely given us of God and with them glory and immortality and eternal life.
(Taken sermon #2087 Grace For Grace DELIVERED ON LORD’S-DAY MORNING, MAY 19, 1889, BY C. H. SPURGEON) [Pictures Not Mine]
If you would find eternal life,
go where the Spirit of God works—
search the Scriptures and hear the
Truth of God through which
the Spirit of God usually operates.
And associate with those in whom
the Spirit of God dwells.