ASK A BLOGGER – How To Seek the Spirit: Surrender to Jesus

Yesterday I answered the final question in a series of questions on the Holy Spirit that I have been addressing. My answers to those questions were discussed in the following posts:

Today I want to conclude with the words of an old hymn on which we can meditate and which can be made into a prayer. I find this hymn to be a great way to direct my heart God-ward to seek for a fresh taste of the Holy Spirit. Recently I downloaded an mp3 of this hymn being sung by worship leader, Matt Boswell. It is available on iTunes and you could do a lot worse than downloading and using it as part of your personal worship time.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

RefrainI surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

Words by Judson W. Van De Venter, 1896.
Accessed online at The Cyber Hymnal.
It is interesting to note that, in common with many today, the last verse is omitted from Boswell’s version. I suppose that the notion of “full salvation” seems somehow foreign to us. To me, however, that is surely what receiving the Spirit is all about—assuring us that the deal is done, and that right now we are as fully saved as we ever will be when Jesus returns. 

I would like to get more versions of this recording.  If you are aware of a good quality recording of the hymn, I would be glad if you could point me to a legal download of such a recording.

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About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London where Tope Koleoso is the pastor. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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