As born again believers, we have the Holy Spirit within us. The same Holy Spirit which raised Christ from the dead. We are a new creation, a new creature, created by God through the Lord Jesus Christ. An interesting analogy is we are like a diesel engine. A diesel engine cannot take standard gasoline. If gasoline is poured into a diesel, then the vehicle becomes powerless. Likewise, we must be mindful of what we pour into ourselves and allow others to pour into us. Let us focus on things above, building up our faith, and walking by the Spirit.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
The following hymn was written by Bessie Porter Head in 1920. Oh, how these words resonate with me and how applicable they are 100 years later!!
Oh Lord in Heaven, forgive us for our complacency and obese indulgences of worldly things. Breathe on us oh Breath of Life!
1 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us,
revive your church with life and pow’r;
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew us,
and fit your church to meet this hour.
2 O Wind of God, come bend us, break us,
till humbly we confess our need;
then in your tenderness remake us,
revive, restore, for this we plead.
3 O Breath of love, come breathe within us,
renewing thought and will and heart;
come, Love of Christ, afresh to win us,
revive your church in ev’ry part.
4 O Heart of Christ, once broken for us,
’tis there we find our strength and rest;
our broken, contrite hearts now solace,
and let your waiting church be blest.
5 Revive us, Lord! Is zeal abating
while harvest fields are vast and white?
Revive us, Lord, the world is waiting,
equip your church to spread the light.
This has been my prayer for weeks, though I did not discover this hymn til Wednesday evening.
Lord, fit Your church to meet this hour!