Secret Power

Author: Dwight L. Moody

What It Is Not

I admit there is such a thing as resisting the Spirit of God, and resisting till the Spirit of God has departed; but if the Spirit of God has left any, they will not be troubled about their sins. The very fact that they are troubled, shows that the Spirit of God has not left them. If a man is troubled about his sins, it is the work of the Spirit; for Satan never yet told him he was a sinner. Satan makes us believe that we are pretty good; that we are good enough without God, safe without Christ and that we don’t need salvation. But when a man wakes up to the fact that he is lost, that he is a sinner, that is the work of the Spirit; and if the Spirit of God had left him, he would not be in that state; and just because men and women want to be Christians, is a sign that the Spirit of God is drawing them.

If resisting the Spirit of God is an unpardonable sin, then we have all committed it, and there is no hope for any of us; for I do not believe there is a minister, or a worker in Christ’s vineyard, who has not, some time in his life, resisted the Holy Ghost; who has not some time in his life rejected the Spirit of God. To resist the Holy Ghost is one thing, and to commit that awful sin of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, is another thing; and we want to take the Scripture and just compare them. Now, some people say, "I have such blasphemous thoughts; there are some awful thoughts that come into my mind against God," and they think that is the unpardonable sin. We are not to blame for having...


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Chicago: Dwight L. Moody, "What It Is Not," Secret Power in Secret Power (New York: F.H. Revell, 1881), Original Sources, accessed March 21, 2019,

MLA: Moody, Dwight L. "What It Is Not." Secret Power, in Secret Power, New York, F.H. Revell, 1881, Original Sources. 21 Mar. 2019.

Harvard: Moody, DL, 'What It Is Not' in Secret Power. cited in 1881, Secret Power, F.H. Revell, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 21 March 2019, from