To speak to God on behalf of men is probably the highest service any of us can render. The next is to speak to men in the name of God. Either is a privilege possible to us only through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
THERE ISNT ANYTHING quite so chilling, quite so disheartening as a man without the Holy Spirit preaching about the Holy Spirit.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN the orator and the prophet are many and radical, the chief being that the orator speaks for himself while the prophet speaks for God. The orator originates his message and is responsible to himself for its content. The prophet originates nothing but delivers the message he has received from God who alone is responsible for it, the prophet being responsible to God for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message clearly and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men.
WE LIVE IN A DAY WHEN charm is supposed to cover almost the entire multitude of sins. Charm has taken a great place in religious expression. Brethren, I am convinced that our Lord expects us to he tough enough and cynical enough to recognize all of this that pleases the unthinking in our churchesthe charm stuff, the stage presence in the pulpit, the golden qualities of voice.
IF ANY MAN IS DETERMINED to preach so that his work and ministry will abide in the day of the judgment fire, then he must preach, teach and exhort with the kind of love and concern that comes only through a true and genuine gift of the Holy Spirit something beyond his own capabilities!