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Have you ever bump or push started a car? It’s pretty exhausting especially if it doesn’t work first time. If a manual transmission car won’t start because the battery’s flat or the starter motor’s broken the driver puts the car into gear and keeps the clutch down whilst a couple of people push from behind. Once a bit of speed has been reached the driver quickly let’s up the clutch. This gets the engine turning over in much the same way as the starter motor would and the engine hopefully splutters into life. The driver can go on his way.


Though it puts it rather crudely, this is a little like the way some Christians can treat the Holy Spirit. He gives us a bump or push start when we’re first saved and then we go on along merrily under our own energy. Not so! We rely moment by moment on the spiritual wisdom and energising grace of Holy Spirit. Who lives in us.