Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost
John 20:21 & 22

The good news of the gospel relates not only to what Christ once did--His death, resurrection, ascension--but to what He presently offers: Forgiveness of sin, eternal fellowship with the Creator, an advocate with the heavenly Father, and the energizing indwelling gift of His Holy Spirit.

When a person becomes a Christian, he or she receives the Holy Spirit within. Often, however, the Holy Spirit does not have control of that life even though He resides there. The Scriptures teach that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit if we are to live overcoming lives. This is not some emotional, mystical event. To be "filled with the Spirit of God" means in a very practical way that a believer has surrendered completely to the Lordship of Christ and sincerely desires to be directed by His Holy Spirit in order to worthily exalt the Lord and be an effective representative for God. One of the most compelling evidences of a Spirit-filled life is our consistent, Biblically-correct, Christ-like daily living.

The author of this choice text, Edwin Hatch, was an Anglican minister. He also served for a time as a professor of the classics at Trinity College in Canada. Dr. Hatch was widely known for his scholarship and lectures in early church history. Despite his scholarly attainments, Hatch was said to have possessed a faith "as simple and unaffected as a child's".

This prayer in song, desiring a unity between our earthly will and God's divine will, first appeared in 1878 in a pamphlet titled "Between Doubt and Prayer". The hymn in its present form appeared later in the Psalmist Hymnal, published in 1886.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will:
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Blend all my soul with Thine
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So shall I never die
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

*For Today*: John 3:5-7; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:5; I John 4:13

Invite the Holy Spirit to have a greater control of your life--to empower you to be an even more effective representative for God.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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