I pulled out an old book from my shelf recently and began reading. The book is called “Secret Power” by D.L. Moody. The book was published in 1881. I collect old books (really I collect ANY books) but this one has always been a prized position. It is a first edition and is in relatively good shape for being over 100 years old. As I was reading today, I found a rather lengthy passage that is too long for a Facebook post, so I decided to share it here. Read it carefully and perhaps several times. It spoke to my heart as I pray it will to yours.
“I would like to see some one just full of living water; so full that they couldn’t contain it; that they would have to go out and publish the Gospel of the grace of God. When a man gets so full that he can’t hold any more, then he is just ready for God’s service.
When preaching in Chicago, Dr. Gibson remarked in the inquiry meeting, ‘Now, how can we find out who is thirsty?’ Said he, ‘ I was just thinking how we could find out. If a boy should come down the aisle, bringing a good pail full of clear water, and a dipper, we would soon find out who was thirsty; we would see thirsty men and women reach out for water; but if you should walk down the aisle with an empty bucket, you wouldn’t find out. People would look in and see that there was no water, and say nothing.’ So said he, ‘I think that is the reason we are not more blessed in our ministry; we are carrying around empty buckets, and the people see that we have not anything in them, and they don’t come forward.’
I think there is a good deal of truth in that. People see that we are carrying around empty buckets, and they will not come to us until they are filled. They see we haven’t any more than they have. We must have the Spirit of God resting upon us, and then we will have something that gives the victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil; something that gives the victory over our tempers, over our conceits, and over every other evil, and when we can trample these sins under our feet, then people will come to us and say, ‘How did you get it? I need this power; you have something that I haven’t got; I want it.’ O may God show us this truth. Have we been toiling all night? Let us throw the net on the right side; let us ask God to forgive our sins, and anoint us with power from on high. But remember, He is not going to give this power to an impatient man; He is not going to give it to a selfish man; He will never give it to an ambitious man whose aim is selfish, till first emptied of self; emptied of pride and of all worldly thoughts. Let it be God’s glory and not our own that we seek, and when we get to that point, how speedily the Lord will bless us for good. Then will the measure of our blessing be full. Do you know what heaven’s measure is? Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. If we get our heart filled with the Word of God, how is Satan going to get in? How is the world going to get in, for heaven’s measure is good measure, full measure, running over. Have you this fullness? If you have not, then seek it; say by the grace of God you will have, for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us these things. He wants us to shine down in this world; He wants to lift us up for His work; He wants us to have the power to testify for His Son. He has left us in this world to testify for Him. What did He leave us for? Not buy and sell and to get gain, but to glorify Christ. How are you going to do it without the Spirit? That is the question. How are you to do it without the power of God?”
Moody rocked two continents with his preaching and the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray for men and women who, like Moody, would seek the power of God so that we can share it with a world that desperately needs it. Again, the book is called “Secret Power” by D.L. Moody. Let’s covenant to pray for a powerful move of God in our lives, our churches and in our nation.