Bella Vista
Assembly of God Church

Spirit of the Living God

Vertical Worship

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders... (Oceans, 2012)


Break my heart for what breaks Yours… (Hosanna, 2006)


This is the air I breathe, Your holy presence, living in me… (Breathe, 1995)


ALL to Jesus, I surrender, ALL to Him I freely give… (I Surrender All, 1896)


Wow, those are some brave, strong, life-altering prayers and declarations that lead to some powerful worship times on a Sunday morning. There are songs that tell stories or truths straight from scripture (God So Loved, Healer), songs that declare our hearts and thoughts toward God (God, You’re So Good, Isn’t the Name), prayer songs (Just As I Am, God I Look to You) and then there are bold statement of faith and striving songs. Like the ones quoted above and many more, these songs declare our desires to live lives fully and completely in the hands of God. 


To pray something like “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me” takes more bravery and surrender than I actually have today, but I sing it with all of my heart because it’s truest goal that my desires become HIS desires for me so that I’d say YES when the Spirit calls me. And by singing these out in faith, my faith has grown! 


The song “Spirit of the Living God” is not a new song (though new to us in a congregational worship setting). It’s actually a song I’ve been praying in my personal time with the Lord for a while now.


My prayer as we sing this together is that we would desire to leave the presence of God different than we came.


I often think of Acts 9 when Saul, who had been persecuting and killing followers of Jesus, had a personal encounter with Jesus that changed him instantly and completely. We read that Saul “immediately” proclaimed Jesus as the Son of God and began not only following Jesus, but committed his entire life to sharing the Good News with as many people as possible. ONE encounter with the presence of God left Him changed and changed the population of heaven as a result! 


Knowing that emboldens me to pray this prayer, sing this song, and leave changed.

Spirit of the living God, change what I see and what I seek. Change me. Have Your way. 


Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God

We only want to hear Your voice

We’re hanging on every word

Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God

We want to know You more and more

We’re hanging on every word


‘Cause when You speak and when You move

And when You do what only You can do

It changes us

It changes what we see and what we seek

When You come in the room

When You do what only You can do 

It changes us

It changes what we see and what we seek

You’re changing everything


Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God

We’re leaning into all You are

Everything else can wait

Spirit of the living God

Spirit of the living God

Come now and breathe upon our hearts

Come now and have Your way


When You move, You move all our fears

When You move, You move us to tears


When You fall, we fall on our knees

When You fall, we fall at Your feet