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February 18, 2014

Spirit Of The Living God, Fall Afresh On Me.

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Spirit Of The Living God, Fall Afresh On Me.
by Dick Hunt, Monday, February18th, 2014.

The words are from Hymn 783, found in the Anglican Book of Common Praise, the old Blue Hymn Book. It is a very short Hymn but loaded with profound meaning and direction for moving on with Faith, day by day. It is true that when we are Baptized as members of the Christian Church, God the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. What happens after He moves in is something else. We can coast along with a false sense of security, never growing in the Faith, or we can AND MUST grow in the Faith toward the mark of the high calling of God, in Jesus Christ by living for God and growing in the Faith until we come to His Everlasting Kingdom in Heaven.

The words of the Hymn spell out the manner in which this transformation takes place. The starting point is Baptism. We are to be Baptized with Water (the Symbol of cleansing and new life), in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. What must happen after that is our Growth in the Christian Life, which is dependent upon teaching, training, sharing in the fellowship of the Church “until we come into the Everlasting Kingdom of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, when we pass from this world at our Physical death, leaving these perishable bodies and joining with all the Saints in Heaven in the immediate presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh on me”, twice repeated. Then the process of growth and change from start to finish and the words are deliberate, instructive and make positive sense when as Christians we look back on our growth. “Break me, melt me, mould me, fill me”. God must be taken into the process, deliberately, must have full access to our life, in the fellowship and teaching of the Worshiping Church, in a Christian home, with a positive example from the adults around us. God must be able to break into our life,” break me”, get me beyond the wall that too often protects us from real contact with God the Father. We must be “melted” in order that we may be changed from what we are to what God would have us become. We must invite God to “fill us with His Spirit”, for He will not do violence to the Freedom of Choice which He gives to all people. “SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD, FALL AFRESH ON ME. “

Obedience! The process is ongoing and Jesus the Son of God, who came from Heaven to Earth to make the Father fully known to us as our Saviour and Lord loves us so much! He freely died on the Cross to take away all our sins and make us new Creatures with the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us and empower us. Fall afresh on me EACH DAY. FOR EVERY CHALLENGE, for each encounter in our lives, for each opportunity to share the Good news expected or unexpected. Front line ready to share the Love of Jesus.

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