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Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12) No other power on earth can quicken a dead soul except the same power that raised the body of Jesus Christ out of Joseph’s sepulcher. And if we want that power to quicken our friends who are dead i Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12) No other power on earth can quicken a dead soul except the same power that raised the body of Jesus Christ out of Joseph’s sepulcher. And if we want that power to quicken our friends who are dead in sin, we must look to God and not to man to do it. If we only look to ministers, if we only look to Christ’s disciples to do this work, we shall be disappointed. But if we look to the Spirit of God and expect that power to come from Him and Him alone, then we shall honor the Spirit, and the Spirit will do His work. May God show us this truth. Have we been toiling all night? Let us throw our net on the right side; let us ask God to forgive our sins and anoint us with power from on high. But remember, He is not going to give this power to an impatient man; He is not going to give it to a selfish man. He will never give it to an ambitious man whose aim is selfish, until he is first emptied of himself – emptied of pride and all worldly thoughts. Let it be God’s glory and not our own that we seek, and when we get to that point, the Lord will bless us for good. Then the measure of our blessing will be full. Do you know what heaven’s measure is? Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38). About the Author Dwight L. Moody, determined to make a fortune, arrived in Chicago and started selling shoes. But Christ found him and his energies were redirected into full-time ministry. And what a ministry it was. Today, Moody’s name still graces a church, a mission, a college, and more. Moody loved God and men, and the power of a love like that impacts generations.


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Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12) No other power on earth can quicken a dead soul except the same power that raised the body of Jesus Christ out of Joseph’s sepulcher. And if we want that power to quicken our friends who are dead i Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in me, the works that I do he shall do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12) No other power on earth can quicken a dead soul except the same power that raised the body of Jesus Christ out of Joseph’s sepulcher. And if we want that power to quicken our friends who are dead in sin, we must look to God and not to man to do it. If we only look to ministers, if we only look to Christ’s disciples to do this work, we shall be disappointed. But if we look to the Spirit of God and expect that power to come from Him and Him alone, then we shall honor the Spirit, and the Spirit will do His work. May God show us this truth. Have we been toiling all night? Let us throw our net on the right side; let us ask God to forgive our sins and anoint us with power from on high. But remember, He is not going to give this power to an impatient man; He is not going to give it to a selfish man. He will never give it to an ambitious man whose aim is selfish, until he is first emptied of himself – emptied of pride and all worldly thoughts. Let it be God’s glory and not our own that we seek, and when we get to that point, the Lord will bless us for good. Then the measure of our blessing will be full. Do you know what heaven’s measure is? Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together and running over (Luke 6:38). About the Author Dwight L. Moody, determined to make a fortune, arrived in Chicago and started selling shoes. But Christ found him and his energies were redirected into full-time ministry. And what a ministry it was. Today, Moody’s name still graces a church, a mission, a college, and more. Moody loved God and men, and the power of a love like that impacts generations.

30 review for Secret Power - Updated Edition: The Secret of Success in Christian Life and Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vaughn

    Solid Christian reading with a focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit and His availability to work in our lives when we submit. A few relevant points: 1. We cannot work for God without love. 2. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give encouragement. 3. The Gospel is every bit as powerful today as it was thousands of years ago. 4. The Holy Spirit will fill us with His presence and power when we empty ourselves of pride, vanity, and other worldly attitudes (submit) 5. When God's Spirit is on us, the wor Solid Christian reading with a focuses on the power of the Holy Spirit and His availability to work in our lives when we submit. A few relevant points: 1. We cannot work for God without love. 2. God, through the Holy Spirit, will give encouragement. 3. The Gospel is every bit as powerful today as it was thousands of years ago. 4. The Holy Spirit will fill us with His presence and power when we empty ourselves of pride, vanity, and other worldly attitudes (submit) 5. When God's Spirit is on us, the world looks very empty and we begin to let go of it as we begin to focus on the eternal. 6. When we have God's Spirit on us, we will speak with authority and power. 7. True service to God is marked by waiting to receive His power in His time and way. Though encouraging and challenging, it does at times leave the reader wanting a bit more. Still - a very highly recommended read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Walker

    A musty work on the power of the Holy Spirit by a great 19th c. preacher.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    It was okay. There were sections that convicted my heart (that probably says more about me than the book), but I struggled with the tone of his writing the whole way through. It felt like, even as He was saying that it’s the Spirit who saves, it’s the Spirit of God who does the work, he was really saying by our actions or our level of energy or our commitment, that’s how people will see God (and be saved). He made the distinction at the beginning of the book, that God can save without the need of It was okay. There were sections that convicted my heart (that probably says more about me than the book), but I struggled with the tone of his writing the whole way through. It felt like, even as He was saying that it’s the Spirit who saves, it’s the Spirit of God who does the work, he was really saying by our actions or our level of energy or our commitment, that’s how people will see God (and be saved). He made the distinction at the beginning of the book, that God can save without the need of anyone else, but that God has chosen, chooses, to work through men and women to bring people to Himself. I think if Moody could have kept that distinction alive through the whole book, with the emphasis that it is God who lives and works through believers to follow Him then it would have kept him from veering into a kind of human-empowered salvation. For example, he really emphasizes the power of Christian joy and says that if only there were more joy in the Church then the church would see more conversions. So he ends up, basically, saying the opposite of what he’s actually trying to say, which is that it is the Spirit of God who works and saves. A lot of preachers do that, it’s a common thing to say, but it’s burdensome. There were some good sections, though, especially the parts where he emphasizes the love of God in the Spirit. That the love of God is the true “badge” of the children of God. I love that, because it’s true, and because only the Spirit of Christ can work the love of God. No person can manufacture that kind of love. It is from God. Then there was this little quote, I kind of want to think on it more, but here it is: “If sorrow is our lot, then peace is our legacy.” Here he was describing the peace of God in Jesus, the peace that only Jesus gives. I’ve had sorrow... but I can have peace in Jesus. That’s something I want to meditate on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Utley

    Spectacular encouragement to seek for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Lots of practical examples and scriptures to guide the thirsty soul.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matt Lee

    This short work on the Holy Spirit looks at how depedent man is on Him. Nothing, argues Moody, can be accomplished outside the Spirit, in terms of doing good for God. He is the 'power' by which we walk the Christian life. Moody begins by focussing on the personality and full Divinity of the Spirit and denying this idea He is a power divorced from full personhood. Slightly unfortunately, Moody uses the the comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7 - 8) as proof text. I am against the inclusion of this verse int This short work on the Holy Spirit looks at how depedent man is on Him. Nothing, argues Moody, can be accomplished outside the Spirit, in terms of doing good for God. He is the 'power' by which we walk the Christian life. Moody begins by focussing on the personality and full Divinity of the Spirit and denying this idea He is a power divorced from full personhood. Slightly unfortunately, Moody uses the the comma Johanneum (1 John 5:7 - 8) as proof text. I am against the inclusion of this verse into the canon, but it is understandable given the state of English translation at the time of Moody's writing. In analysing the preaching of the Word, which Moody maintains is vital to true Gospel ministry, the Spirit's role here is a revelatory one. The revelation of God comes by the Word and through the power of the Spirit. In fact, Moody shrewdly rebuts the misnomer that we have to, in some way, ask or invite the Spirit to dwell within us and within the Church. The truth is, He has never left and has been with us and in us since the very beginning of the Church age - a shall be present until the end. Indeed, he says: "Our work is not to make them believe; that is the work of the Spirit. Our work is to give them the Word of God - not to preach our theories and our ideas about it but to deliver the message as God gives it to us" Another area of contention in the book is that of the works we perform through the Spirit as believers. Moody gives a good explanation of the "greater works" referenced in John 14:12 that will be performed by the Spirit after Jesus was ascended. He argues that the Spirit's work of the subjugation of man's will from sinning and God-hating is greater even than the raising of the dead. Following the theme of the Spirit in the life of believers, Moody expounds the fruit of the Spirit, showing how the aspects of the fruit manifest in piety and practice. I found his distinction between God - oriented (love, joy, peace), man - oriented (patience, kindness, goodness), and self - oriented (faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) a helpful one. This is followed by a section on the unforgivable sin. Moody rightly distinguishes between grieving the Holy Spirit and committing the unforgivable sin of calling the Holy Spirit evil and thus blaspheming Him. Moody also makes a point about the preaching ministery of the churches in his day. He calls out churches that are simply providing worldly amusements - they take up their time with fairs, raffles, dramas, and musical entertainment rather than actual, Spirit filled worship. It was almost like he had modern congregations in mind! His critique against such churches is strong. He ends his critique by giving a great exhortation for cross centred preaching: "Our failure now is that preachers ignore the cross and hide Christ with sapless sermons and superfine language. They don't present Him to the people in a simple fashion, and I believe that is why the Sprit of God doesn't work with power in our churches" Again, he could well have been talking about contemporary pulpits. However, Moody in the next section goes further than simply a call to cross - centred preaching, and slips into revivalism theology. He says, in essence "If our churches do this, then we will experience the Spirit in this way...". He implies if only the church were to fulfill a certain conditon, then we will experience a particular manifestation of God's power. We will "have conversions all the time" (p. 106). Praying for God's revival is all well and good, but I think Moody tips into revivalism here. He even belittles churches for not counting/boasting in their conversions. Furthermore, I did disagree with his statement that "A man or a woman who is downcast is not fit to work for God" on the basis of Nehemiah 8:10. He seems to be equating 'service of God' with 'evangelistic outreach' and the two are not synonymous. Moreover, there are plenty of ways to serve God whilst under the weight depression or other forms of mental suffering. Also, on the very last page, Moody makes a troubling statement that seems to implying that the Father is wrathful, the Son is wrathful but the Spirit is "the gentle, innocent, meek, and loving one". Yikes. Moody's writing style is full of short sentences. He is punchy and sometimes witty, with some sarcasm thrown in on occasion. The book is an easy to read, especially for its time (late 19th century). Each section concise and broken into small chunks and relatively self contrained. A couple of odd comments at the end excepted, a fine treatment of the work of the Spirit in the life of the Church.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Relatively frequently, at least once or twice a month, I get a surprise package, usually without any warning, from this publisher with their books inside.  Included in a recent package was this particular book, one of several I have read by this author [1].  I was admittedly puzzled before reading about the subject matter of the book, but upon starting it the subject matter of the book was very c [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Aneko Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Relatively frequently, at least once or twice a month, I get a surprise package, usually without any warning, from this publisher with their books inside.  Included in a recent package was this particular book, one of several I have read by this author [1].  I was admittedly puzzled before reading about the subject matter of the book, but upon starting it the subject matter of the book was very clear.  That is not to say that I agreed with everything that was in the book, but at the very least one knew exactly where the author was coming from and what his perspective was.  Given my own differences with the author concerning my perspective on the subject of the book, I was surprised that I agreed with as much of it as I did, and I can see why this book on the Holy Spirit and its importance to believers and to churches was rereleased, as it has a lot to say to our day and age where it can be justly said that the power of the Spirit appears weak in much of Christendom. This short book of 125 pages is written about the power of the Holy Spirit.  The author begins with the fairly obvious truth that this power comes from God and not from ourselves.  The author talks about how some people try to stir themselves up and how the world itself recognizes the power of the Spirit because it longs to be filled from that which is already full, and we cannot help the world without God first filling us.  This is something, it should be noted, that is often forgotten when it comes to the social justice efforts of our day.  After this, the author talks about how the Holy Spirit is both power upon us and in us, how we witness about our Lord and Savior through the power of the Spirit as was done by Peter and Stephen and the early Church.  The author talks about the power of the Spirit in operation in our lives and then talks in the last chapter about how this power can be grieved or resisted.  It appears that then, as is the case now, there are many who are worried about having committed the unpardonable sin without having committed it.  The author's reminder that we should focus on God's glory and not our own is one that many contemporary ministers would do well to emulate. This book begins in an interesting place, using the almost certainly fraudulent Johanine pericope of John 5:7-8 to attempt to demonstrate the Trinity and defend the Holy Spirit as a being rather than as something else.  Therefore, the book set me on edge from the very beginning, considering how abrupt the beginning was.  In fact, it is likely that textual criticism about John 5 may have led the author to begin with that passage as a way of turning it back on the audience.  There seems to be a fair bit about this book that is at least a little bit combative when it comes to the Holy Spirit and its operations.  In many ways, the focus on the Holy Spirit as being power and as being the reality of intimacy with God is something that I well understand and appreciate, and something that I think the author does well to focus on.  Ultimately, and thankfully, this is not a book that is a theological study of the Trinity as a doctrine--which would likely have been a terrible read--but is a work about the practical workings of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers, and that is certainly a book worthy to be read and meditated over. [1] See, for example: https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017... https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Palmer

    Out of the three Moody books I have reviewed so far (the other two being A Life for Christ and How To Study the Bible), this one was by far his best. In 5 chapters, D. L. Moody writes on the Holy Spirit: the power, the Spirit’s influence in the Christian, the Spirit’s influence in a congregation of Christians, and the hindrances the Holy Spirit finds among Christ followers. While I don’t particularly adhere to Moody’s view on Christian liberty (all criticism must cease), I was most edified by this Out of the three Moody books I have reviewed so far (the other two being A Life for Christ and How To Study the Bible), this one was by far his best. In 5 chapters, D. L. Moody writes on the Holy Spirit: the power, the Spirit’s influence in the Christian, the Spirit’s influence in a congregation of Christians, and the hindrances the Holy Spirit finds among Christ followers. While I don’t particularly adhere to Moody’s view on Christian liberty (all criticism must cease), I was most edified by this work. The other thing I will mention was Moody’s use of the slur “Hottentot” on page 13. I originally had thought this to be from one of Jonathan Swift’s imaginary people in the popular 18th century book Gulliver’s Travels, but upon looking it up it is indeed a derogatory term white European persons used to refer to the Khoikhoi (southwestern Africans). While it wasn’t seen as racist back in 1881, it is now in 2017. A footnote revealing this history might be most helpful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    A little gem from DL Moody here on the Holy Spirit. I have consciously been reading more on this subject this year, but had originally got this book on Kindle for free a few months ago. So when I decided to read this, I hadn't realised how relevant it would be to my chosen topic. I've been reading it in parallel with Octavius Winslow's 'The Work of the Holy Spirit', which has been interesting. I am finding Winslow's work richer but Moody's style is more succinct and he covers the matters in subs A little gem from DL Moody here on the Holy Spirit. I have consciously been reading more on this subject this year, but had originally got this book on Kindle for free a few months ago. So when I decided to read this, I hadn't realised how relevant it would be to my chosen topic. I've been reading it in parallel with Octavius Winslow's 'The Work of the Holy Spirit', which has been interesting. I am finding Winslow's work richer but Moody's style is more succinct and he covers the matters in substantially less words! It has therefore helped drive home some of the challenges and encouragements to be reading this alongside Winslow. This is the second Moody work I've read this year, and on the basis of what I've read so far I will be picking up more before the year is out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    pamela harrington

    I have the power Always enjoy Br Moody's writings. I can understand most of it at times it gets to seem as if it's over my head, but if I reread the sentence or two. I will understand. There were questions I had beforehand and they were cleared up for me. Br Moody is a great Pastor has written many books a d sermons .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mary Batson

    Challenging,useful in self examination- why am I lacking in my testimony for Christ. Recommended for any who would iseek to honor the command to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Challenging and useful for self-examination: why am I lacking in my testimony for Christ. Recommended for any who would seek to honor the command to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Plenty of Quotes There are plenty of good quotes and some insights here. I normally view books of this genre as being designed to get the reader to stop and think as they read - meditating on the words. Unfortunately, there were fewer passages than normal where I stopped and listened with the ear of the heart. It’s fine, but was hoping for better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike Panton

    Solid, easy read. Extremely relevant for the church today as we have largely forgotten about the Holy Spirit and our need of Him in the West. Moody provides many quick and profound illustrations to explain his points. This work was both inspiring and convicting as he touches on our need of the Holy Spirit for sharing the Gospel and in growing the fruit of the Spirit in our own lives.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    There are certain sections of this book which are pretty amazing, and the author makes some excellent points; but there are others, especially towards the end, where he is way out in left field and it becomes rather uncomfortable to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Classic This is a classic work by DL Moody. One of the best written works on the Holy Spirit I have ever read. It is not a popular topic, but Moody breaks down the ways and works of the person of the Holy Spirit beautifully and understandably. Highly recommended

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donald Frum

    Phenomenal work Because the author speaks truth to the glory of God and not for human recognition. The Holy Spirit speaks through literature too not just the Bible and I have yet to read anything by D. Moody that hasn't stirred me in some way

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dave Weiss

    What an amazing book on the Holy Spirit. This guy's theology is sorely needed in the church today. Hard to believe this book was written in the 1880s because it is as relevant today as it was when it was written, maybe moreso.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tierrance

    Excellent Study aide Very helpful. This clearly articulated many of the questions I've been turning over in my mind concerning being an effective disciple.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lola Glenn

    Very helpful If you want to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, you will find this book very helpful

  19. 4 out of 5

    William

    Another good book by D.L. Moody. This one is on the Holy Spirit. While I did not find it to be as profound or insightful as songs of his others, I still feel that I feel edified for having read it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Greggory Olcott

    Power in the Spirit A must read. Every believer in Christ must read and heed what D.L. Moody has written about the working power of the Spirit.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sally Andrews

    Good book by a pioneer in the faith.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    He promised to send the comfortable to teach and guide us, and empower us. The comfortable gives many gifts to help us wage an unseen war.

  23. 4 out of 5

    yoon

    Gripped by this book - particularly where R.A. Torrey listed why God used D.L. Moody so mightily. 1. A Fully Surrendered Man. If God told Moody to jump out the window, Moody would. Without an ounce of hesitation. 2. A Man of Prayer - Moody responded to every seemingly insurmountable obstacle A with prayer. Faith-filled prayer. And God moved. 3. A Deep & Practical Student of the Bible 4. A Humble Man 5. His Entire Freedom from the Love of Money 6. His Consuming Passion for the Salvation of the Lost Gripped by this book - particularly where R.A. Torrey listed why God used D.L. Moody so mightily. 1. A Fully Surrendered Man. If God told Moody to jump out the window, Moody would. Without an ounce of hesitation. 2. A Man of Prayer - Moody responded to every seemingly insurmountable obstacle A with prayer. Faith-filled prayer. And God moved. 3. A Deep & Practical Student of the Bible 4. A Humble Man 5. His Entire Freedom from the Love of Money 6. His Consuming Passion for the Salvation of the Lost - this part took a hold of my heart and I could not stop thinking about it. Moody made a resolve to speak to at least one person about their soul EVERY day. If he went to bed without evangelizing to someone, he would get out of bed, get dressed, and charge into the streets, searching for someone to speak to. His zeal for the gospel was so sincere, so pure. He breathed & walked the gravity and urgency of the gospel. 7. Definitely Endued with Power from on High - Moody was praying for an encounter with the Holy Spirit. God answered his prayer as one day, the Holy Spirit hit him so hard that he had to run to a friend's home and lock himself in a room. Moody experienced God's presence so heavily, that he thought he was going to die on the spot from the joy of the Lord.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Second time to read through and grab truths of our Biblical Christian faith, and how to make it applicable to my walk with Christ. He gives practical and solid teaching of: Love, Joy, and, Peace. Detailed in their application of Christian living, and he also give the other six fruits of the Holy Spirit as well. His systematic breakdown of the fruits of the Spirit are great. It's a short read, but a great resource to own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Absolutely phenomenal! A book every Bible believing Christian should read regardless of whether he is mature in the faith or a merely newborn,as it were. I passionately loved every word by Mr. Moody and I will passionately recommend this work to anyone and everyone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Royce Ratterman

    Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fredrick MacKenzie

    Wonderful Such a wonderful book, explaining how to access the power of the Holy Spirit, and why we so often today don't experience that power that God has provided to assist us in His work.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pavlo

    This book was written in 1881, but I find it very up-to-date in it's description of the state of church of 21st century. What church needs today is the same refreshing power of the Holy Spirit.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    I really enjoyed this book, really getting into Moody, I like his style, simple, clear and deep, though not intimidatingly so.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josh Miller

    I never tire of reading books by D.L. Moody. Simple, yet powerful truth with very applicable illustrations. It would do every Christian much good to read Moody's books on a frequent basis!

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