God Is the Spirit (w/Monologue Five)

From the musical SONG OF PLENTY…

Monologue Five:

GIRL (continuing letter. . .)

Oh, the difference! Their lives were happy! They had found the plenty they sought. I felt sick and, well, quite a bit jealous.

They invited me to a service with them. I was held in a very plain room (I’ll never forget that room) with a few folding chairs, a simple speaker’s stand, and a rough wooden cross on the wall behind the stand.

The speaker he…well, he was just one of the kids. But as he began his sermon, I could only stare at him, for my imagination clothed him in a flowing robe and I could hear the waters of the Sea of Galilee lapping at the shore.

He laid it on the line. He made it very clear. Mom and Dad, he told me what you’ve been trying to tell me for years. But there was a difference: this time I really listened.

Song:

God is the Spirit moving in life’s underground,
Inspiring those enslaved to this world
To rebel against their sin and despair.

You can’t control or improve your life
With just your determination.
It takes more than sleepless dreams
And self-made revelations.

God is the Spirit boiling in the souls of men,
Inciting them to conquer the world
And set it on fire with the heat of God’s love.

It takes more than hope and faith
To live in God’s world of spirit.
God must live in you with you as His slave;
That’s how to be free. Please hear it.

God is the Spirit, moving in life’s underground,
Inspiring those enslaved to this world
To rebel against their sin and despair.

God is the Spirit boiling in the souls of men,
Inciting them to conquer the world
And set it on fire with the heat of God’s love.

About this Song:

Jesus was physical. He actually lived on earth and ate and slept and did everything other human beings do. Everything but sin, that is, and even He wasn’t immune from temptation.

But after his his resurrection from death and ascension into Heaven He sent His Holy Spirit to urge us to follow Him and to guide us when we do. So this song focuses on the role of the Holy Spirit in changing our lives.

I think one of the most striking parts of these lyrics is the part about “God must live in you with you as His slave; that’s how to be free.” To the non-Christian, those words undoubtedly make NO sense whatsoever. But those of us who are Believers understand that following Christ is voluntary.

But it’s more than just accepting Him as our Savior. It also means accepting Him as Lord. And as Lord, He is in charge of our lives–to whatever extent we’re willing to let Him be.

Being His servant is a privilege, and obeying Him more completely should be one goal of every prayer we pray.

Next Wednesday I’ll post Monologue Six and “Bring My God Down.” 

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Best regards,
Roger

                

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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