To preach the word, therefore, and not to follow it with constant and fervent prayer for its success, is to disbelieve its use, neglect its end, and to cast away the seed of the gospel at random.
— John Owen, Works, Vol 16, page 78
A sign you’re growing in grace: You realize, more than ever, you simply cannot & MUST NOT do the Christian life alone.
A sign you’re growing in grace: Your friends hooked into pornography know they can come to you for care, grace and strength.
A sign you’re growing in grace: You don’t fall into gifts, smarts or looks envy as much as you used to.
A sign you’re growing in grace: The collective stories and wisdom of older friends has become a most sweet gospel nectar.
A sign you’re growing in grace: You not only treasure the riches of the gospel you obey the implications of the gospel.
It is a false dichotomy to say that we must choose between the moving of the Spirit OR the preached word of God. If I lived in the time of the early Church and lets say that the Apostle Paul came to my home church, I for one would not want to run around the building, dance, or sing a song 100 times, thinking we were all being “Spirit led.” I would want to sit quietly, reverently, listening to every word to hear the Spirit anointed word of God proclaimed, correctly and with power… and, I would want the exact same thing next time too, and the next. That IS the moving of the Spirit.
We miss the supernatural often times because we look only for the spectacular, and we dont realize what God does through the normal means of grace.