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May 2016 - "Not My Will, But Thine Be Done".

Paul Armstrong’s hymn “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me” is a prayer which many of us may well have prayed especially in times of uncertainty or distress.

Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth and who of us doesn’t desire such guidance in our most difficult, conflicting and confusing times. The prayer itself acknowledges a daily need for the Holy Spirit of God to fall afresh on us to help us manoeuvre life’s causeway. After all the confusion and fear of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection one can imagine the disciples saying such a prayer and of course God answers them at Pentecost.

The presence of the Holy Spirit gives them an inward strength, and renewal; a sense which they liken to the heat of fire. However with the sense of a burning zeal must come a compatible holy “rushing mighty wind” to set it off in the right direction and keep it on course. Extremists are often fired up in this way but nearly always their burning passion is counselled by personal ambition. The Holy Wind of God, his Holy Spirit, acts in unison with God’s will and as Jesus and the disciple had to learn, to be successful workers for God, we must do God’s will, God’s way. Something has to happen and that something is that we have to welcome the Holy Spirit of God into our hearts and minds not on our terms but His and be directed into God‘s truth and light.

May the Spirit of God be with us all.


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