The Fullness of The Spirit

Over the many years I have been a Christian, I have often considered all that is behind/included in/a part of what the Bible refers to as “The fullness of the Spirit.” This morning while doing my devotional reading, I came across the following from the devotional writings of Andrew Murray. You may consider his description to be an over-simplification of an otherwise deep and complex subject (to a degree, I do); nevertheless, it is clear and concise. Read it, ponder it, and seek the fullness of the Spirit for yourself.

“What is the ‘fullness of the Spirit’? It is a constantly flowing stream of the water of life that issues from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It is an uninterrupted communication of the life and love of Jesus – the most personal and intimate association of the Lord with His own upon the earth.”

After reading this, my thoughts turned to the lyrics of the old hymn, “Gracious Spirit, Dwell with Me” – Read on… and may you enjoy them as I did ~

Gracious Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would gracious be,
And with words that help and heal
Would Thy life in mine reveal,
And with actions bold and meek
Would for Christ my Saviour speak.

Truthful Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would truthful be;
And with wisdom kind and clear
Let Thy life in mine appear;
And with actions brotherly
Speak my Lord’s sincerity.

Tender Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would tender be;
Shut my heart up like a flower
In temptation’s darksome hour,
Open it when shines the sun,
And his love by fragrance own.

Mighty Spirit, dwell with me!
I myself would mighty be;
Mighty so as to prevail,
Where unaided man must fail;
Ever, by a mighty hope,
Pressing on and bearing up. (Thomas Lynch, 1855)

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