Soaking and Preaching

I ran across this article this morning from Charles Spurgeon and thought it was well   worth posting here.  With Christmas coming, and lots of sermons to prepare and   deliver, I think this is golden for all the teachers out there.  Enjoy and preach well!

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One thing more, and it is this. Let us, dear brethren, try to get saturated with the  gospel. I always find that I can preach best when I can manage to lie a-soak in my  text. I like to get a text, and find out its meaning and bearings, and so on; and then,  after I have bathed in it, I delight to lie down in it, and let it soak into me. It softens  me, or hardens me, or does whatever it ought to do to me, and then I can talk about it. You need not be very particular about the words and phrases if the spirit of the text has filled you; thoughts will leap out, and find raiment for themselves. Become saturated with spices, and you will smell of them; a sweet perfume will distill from you, and spread itself in every direction; — we call it unction. Do you not love to listen to a brother who abides in fellowship with the Lord Jesus? Even a few minutes with such a man is refreshing, for, like his Master, his paths drop fatness. Dwell in the truth, and let the truth dwell in you. Be baptized into its spirit and influence, that you may impart thereof to others. If you do not believe the gospel, do not preach it, for you lack an essential qualification; but even if you do believe it, do not preach it until you have taken it up into yourself as the wick takes up the oil. So only can you be a burning and a shining light.

-Charles Spurgeon

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