"Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8)
The Holy Spirit knows us well and enforces the exhortation to gird up our minds, to pull up our spiritual standards, to eliminate carelessness in word and thought and deed, and in activities and interest!
Now, let us think of what Peter must have had in mind when he added the words, "be sober," to the discipline of right thinking.
Sobriety is that human attitude of mind when the calm reason is in control. The mind is balanced and cool and the feelings are subject to reason and this statement is proof enough for me that the Holy Spirit will never urge believers into any kind of spiritual experience that violates and dethrones reason.
All of us are aware of instances where men and women have taken part in unreasonable and unseemly acts and then excused them on the grounds that they were moved by the Spirit.
Frankly, I must doubt that! I doubt that the Holy Spirit ever moves to dethrone reason in any man's mind.
Wherever the Holy Spirit comes, He will always be found witnessing to Jesus and honoring the Son of God.
~A. W. Tozer~
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16)
There is another kind of divine working that may occur without our being aware of it, or at least without our recognizing it for what it is. This is the wondrous operation of God known in theology as "prevenient grace". It may be simple "conviction," or a strange longing which nothing can satisfy, or a powerful aspiration after eternal values, or a feeling of disgust for sin and a desire to be delivered from its repulsive coils. These strange workings within are the stirrings of the Holy Spirit but are rarely identified as such by the soul that is undergoing the experience.
But there are two acts of God within the life of the seeking man that are never done without his knowledge. One is the miracle of the new birth and the other is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The workings of God in the hearts of redeemed men always overflow into observable conduct. Certain moral changes will take place immediately in the life of the new convert. A moral revolution without will accompany the spiritual revolution that has occurred within.
Try your heat by your practice, and your practice by your heart.
~A. W. Tozer~