When the Spirit Speaks

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There are things we will never understand until we lay down our intellectual pride and let the Holy Spirit speak to us. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals three truths we can only understand when the Spirit speaks to our hearts.


There are things we will never understand until we lay down our intellectual pride and let the Holy Spirit speak to us. Only when the Spirit speaks can we understand three truths regarding who we are and what God makes us.

John 16:7 says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

First, the Holy Spirit teaches the truth about the sinner’s basic problem.

  • A man is a sinner because of what he is and what he has done. Born into this fallen world, it is in our nature to give in to sin.
  • A man is also a sinner because of what he has not done. God made us to know, love, and serve Him; when we do not do that, we are refusing Him the glory He deserves.
  • But our ultimate problem is that we are sinners for not believing, because the greatest sin is unbelief. Unbelief is the parent sin, out of which all other sins come; it is proof of man’s wickedness, and it is what separates us from God forever.

Second, the Holy Spirit shows the truth about the Savior’s bountiful provision.

  • When we believe in Jesus Christ, He changes what we are at our very core and gives us a new nature. Adrian Rogers says, “Christians are not just nicer people; they’re new creatures.”
  • He also forgives us for what we have done. Every stain, blot, or blemish of our past is washed whiter than snow, buried in the grave of God’s forgetfulness.
  • He gives us the righteousness we need in order to be saved.

Finally, the Holy Spirit proclaims the truth about Satan’s broken power.

Jesus’s death on the cross was God’s greatest victory over evil. Satan’s kingdom was crushed; he now sails a sinking ship and rules a doomed domain.

When we receive Christ, we become more like Him every day. That is what our faith is all about, and what the Holy Spirit is working within us.

Life Application

Have you laid down your intellectual pride and allowed the Holy Spirit to impart things only He can show you? Understanding man’s sinful nature and the Savior’s provision, are you becoming more like Jesus?

Adrianisms: “Your only hope of ever appearing righteous before God is in the finished work of the ascended Christ.”

“When you try to earn your salvation, you frustrate the grace of God.”

“The worst form of badness is human goodness when it becomes a substitute for the new birth.”

“Truth is mightier than error, love is stronger than hate, and holiness is higher than sin.”

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Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian...

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