Pray For More Of That Spirit

Gerard Dou - Old Woman Reading a Bible - WGA06639Hugh Binning, Works, p. 140: 

Pray for more of that Spirit, which may quicken the word to us, and quicken us to obey the word. There must be a mutual enlivening. The word must be made the ministration of life by the Spirit of Jesus, which can use it as a sword to divide the soul and spirit; and we must be quickened to the obedience of the truth in the word. The word is the seed incorruptible; but it cannot beget us, or be a principle of new life within us, except a living spirit come along to our hearts. Know that the word is your pattern and rule; the Spirit your leader and helper, whose virtue and power must conform you to that rule.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/89105-There-must-be-a-mutual-enlivening, Comment 1

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