Within the sanctuary of the heart there is a secret place where, if one listen and respond, there shall be revealed what the Father has provided; and one may think of the Father in the most immediately human sense, praying to Him when in urgent need as well as in the hour of grateful worship. … This applies to all men, all can enter the kingdom of prayer and obedience, all have been provided for.
The guidance which the inner light reveals to-day pertains to that of yesterday and last year, it relates to my spiritual welfare as a whole.
Jesus does not utter a code or found an institution. He takes little interest in facts, does not discuss problems. The affairs of the day concern him in the light of the kingdom of the Spirit that is to come in greater fulness. He first lives, then communicates of the life that is his. He touches those who are ready, and summons to life those who can become his disciples. He performs works that exemplify his teaching, and utters words of power that appeal to the soul. To come into his presence is to come into life, and he associates with any individual who can be quickened through an appeal to life. His indeed is the gospel of life in such wise that truth, words, and deeds are one in spirit.
The reality of the Spirit is the abiding presence, the presence which has always been with men to sustain them and lead them, although unrecognised. Since all events in the spiritual order belong together, and since all men belong to that order, I may give myself trustfully to it, knowing that there is wise provision for me. To be faithful it is incumbent on me to trust at every point. The essential consideration is the life which enters the soul from the intimately present Spirit. What it means to be wholly faithful to this life the Master has shown by his own fidelity and by the works he wrought.
The Spirit descends upon us, it stirs within the heart, and sends us forth to share its blessings. When we have been touched from within, we may turn to the physical organism and find it “the temple of the Holy Spirit.”
– excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser, “The Spirit in Jesus,”
The Religion of the Spirit in Modern Life, 1914.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
He shall cover thee with his feathers,
and under his wings shalt thou trust:
his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
verses 1 & 4