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Come Holy Spirit

I have always loved the song “Spirit of the Living God” which was written by Daniel Iverson. The words are,

"Spirit of the living God, Fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, Fall afresh on me." This is one of the most long-lasting and widely used choruses in Christian worship. Every aspect of the song embodies a simple sincerity. The melody encompasses only five notes, with every pitch in its place. The harmonies can be played by a very modestly skilled pianist, and three of the four lines repeat the same nine words. Yet for many, the straightforward petitions of this song draw the singer into an attitude of prayer. “During January and February of 1926, the George T. Stephan’s Evangelistic Party conducted a citywide revival in Orlando, Fla. Daniel Iverson, who was a Presbyterian minister at the time spent several days in Orlando visiting with the evangelistic team. The day he arrived, he was greatly impressed by a message on the Holy Spirit given by Dr. Barron, a physician from Columbia, S.C. “Later that day Iverson went to the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, sat down at the piano, and wrote this song. Because God touched this man's heart so many people have been blessed by it over the years. Often the Lord will use His word, a message, a person, along with the Holy Spirit to inspire someone to create something that glorifies Him. That’s why we need The Holy Spirit’s inspiration. E. M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men, men of prayer.” Christians who are used powerfully are those who long for more of the spirit and less of the flesh. They are those that can say like John, "He must increase, but I must decrease."

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