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Worship Songs from Satan: Fall Afresh

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If I peel a label off of a ketchup bottle and paste it onto a mustard bottle, does the mustard inside the bottle change to match its label? If you ask for some ketchup to dip your fries in, and I hand you the mislabeled bottle of mustard, what are you going to get on your plate? A bunch of mustard, not ketchup. You see, changing the label doesn’t change what’s actually inside the bottle. And what’s inside the bottle is what’s going to come out on your plate when you give that bottle a squeeze.

Today in the Church, Christians have become very good at slapping the label “worship song” onto sets of lyrics that are extremely offensive to God. Then we all pretend that the nice label makes everything alright. Well no, it doesn’t. Insulting lyrics are insulting lyrics, and God’s offense is only increased when we stand around claiming to be honoring Him while we fling insults put to music at Him. In this post, we’re going to take a look at a widespread song in Christendom which aggressively goes after one particular Individual: the magnificent Holy Spirit.

Now we have three Gods, and They introduce Themselves to us as playing unique roles in our lives. The Holy Spirit is credited as being our First Contact with our Creators. He is the One who convicts us of our sins and illuminates our minds with truth. Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for anyone to become saved. But of course salvation is just the beginning. It is only thanks to the Holy Spirit’s tireless efforts and unfathomable patience that any of us grow beyond spiritual infancy. He is the One who opens our minds to understand truth. He is the One who defends us from demons 24/7. He is the One who so patiently puts up with our obnoxious attitudes and rebellious defiance.

Now you are a Christian. According to the terms of the New Covenant, a Christian is defined as “one who has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them.” You cannot be a Christian if you don’t have the Holy Spirit, and once the Holy Spirit comes to you, HE STAYS.

The permanency of the Holy Spirit’s Presence with us on earth is one of the most critical doctrines of the New Covenant. By voluntarily coming to us and staying with us, the Holy Spirit assures us that we are eternally forgiven and accepted by all three of our Creators. It is because we know that He is ALWAYS there that we have peace. Under this Covenant, ALL of our confidence hangs on the Presence of the magnificent Holy Spirit. Whether we feel sensual evidence of His Presence or not, just knowing He is there brings us great assurance that we are the children of God.

So if all of the glorious promises of the New Covenant are proven true by the Presence of the Holy Spirit with you, suddenly it becomes extremely important to Satan to get you to doubt that the Holy Spirit is in fact with you. If He’s not, then all of your confidence in your standing with your Gods will collapse like a house of cards. It ALL revolves around the Presence of the Holy Spirit. And since we have so many Christians in the worship song writing business who are not listening to God, what do we find? A whole crop of “worship songs” which hammer into your brain that the Holy Spirit has indeed left you. In the Church you’re taught that it’s good for your soul and pleasing to God to stand around on Sunday mornings pleading for the Holy Spirit to come to you. Why on earth would a CHRISTIAN ask the Holy Spirit to COME? By definition, a Christian is someone who ALREADY HAS the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them! Yet this is the incredible scene our Gods find Themselves looking at over and over again on Sunday mornings: scores of Christians around the globe pleading for the Holy Spirit to please come to them while He stands right there next to each one of them rolling His eyes in annoyance. How much more INSULTING can we get to the One who is protecting us night and day than to keep telling Him over and over again that we do not believe He is anywhere around? WOW. If this is the Christian definition of worship, what must our definition of blasphemy be??

Let’s now take a close up look at the lyrics to the song “Fall Afresh” and see just how outrageous we are being to sing such rot to the Holy Spirit.

Awaken my soul, come awake
To hunger, to seek, to thirst
Awaken First Love, come awake
And do as You did, at first

Clearly “First Love” is a reference to God. Now if we want to tell our own souls to wake up out of rebellion, fine. But HOW DARE WE tell the Holy Spirit to wake up? The Holy Spirit does NOT go to sleep on the job. If He did, we’d all be destroyed.

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep

Do you want to get the Holy Spirit mad at you?   Ask Him to come to you. Better yet—ask Him to come over and over again through an idiotic song like this. HE’S ALREADY THERE. The Holy Spirit thoroughly RESENTS the accusation that He would ever abandon the souls in His care, and that’s exactly what you’re accusing Him of doing when you stand around begging for Him to come.

Now let’s look at this “fall afresh” language. You are talking to GOD ALMIGHTY, not a brick, so why are you asking the Holy Spirit to fall on you? God doesn’t fall, trip, plummet, stumble, or anything else. He is GOD. He is immune to the effects of gravity.

And what’s with this “afresh” word? Are you comparing your glorious Defender to rotting leftovers in the refrigerator? What’s the alternative to coming “afresh”—coming “a-rot”? Coming in some form of foul stagnation? The Holy Spirit takes major issue with you speaking to Him using such objectifying, derogatory language.

Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
To overflow

Here is more insulting language. “Blow through the caverns of my soul.” He’s GOD, not wind. He doesn’t blow, puff, or breeze through you, and your soul doesn’t have a bunch of holes in it. If you’re stuck in rebellion, that’s your own doing, and if you really want to correct the situation, then start obeying what the Holy Spirit is already telling you to do. Don’t you dare try to shift the blame onto Him by suggesting that He’s deserted you and allowed your spiritual caves to stagnate.

It is downright blasphemous for CHRISTIANS to ask the Holy Spirit to pour Himself into them. HELLO! He’s ALREADY THERE! Are you seeing the enormous offense in these lyrics? How annoyed would you be if you were walking alongside a friend who kept begging for you to please show up? At what point do you want to give them a good whack across the face and demand that they acknowledge the reality that is right in front of them?

“Pour in me to overflow”—here is more derogatory language. The Holy Spirit is GOD, not some quantity of liquid. He doesn’t pour, and no, He’s not going to “overflow” you. Stop talking to Him like He’s a river that can overflow its banks when there’s too much rain. This is INSULTING.

Awaken my soul, come awake
To worship with all your strength
Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
Come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade
Spirit come and fill this place
Let Your glory now invade

Here’s the bridge, and here we find more obnoxious language as we tell the Holy Spirit four different ways to COME, because we are staunchly refusing to believe that He is ALREADY THERE. Nice. “Come and fill this place”—so now He’s some kind of balloon that we’re asking to expand to fill the whole room? Or maybe we’re suggesting that as one of the Creators of all things, there are certain portions of His Creation that the Holy Spirit routinely ignores, so therefore we’d like Him to come and FILL the room. FILL—as opposed to just standing in one little corner like He usually does.

“Let Your glory now invade”—oh, so now we want His glory and not Him? How do you ask for just God’s glory? That’s like saying “Let your arm come on a walk with me.” It doesn’t make sense. But of course when we use language like this, what we’re really asking for is for the Holy Spirit to put on some dramatic show of power. We’re asking Him to PERFORM. “Come and entertain us” is what we’re really saying. “Come and wow us with sensual miracles so we can feel excused from ever doing the work of faith.” NICE. And this is a worship song??

Spirit of the living God come fall afresh on me
Come wake me from my sleep
Blow through the caverns of my soul, pour in me to overflow
To overflow

If we keep singing like this, the Holy Spirit will make something fall on us, alright, but it won’t be Him. It will be more like a big chunk of the roof that can fall afresh and smash our blasphemous little mouths into silence. Just like Yahweh and Jesus, the Holy Spirit has a very wrathful side, and He is VERY TIRED of hearing Christians insult Him with lyrics like this. There are far too many songs in circulation in the Church today which are doing nothing more than taking constant potshots at the very One who is defending us from harm 24/7. How stupid are we to keep kicking the Guardian of our souls? And how outrageous for us to claim that the Holy Spirit actually feels WORSHIPED while we stand around declaring our total rejection of Him and making it very clear that we only value Him for the sensual shows He can put on for us. It needs to stop. If you really care about pleasing God and this is the first time you’ve ever heard a message like this, realize that God does NOT blame you for things you did out of ignorance. But now that you have been educated, changes need to be made. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you improve the way that you speak to Him. Ask Him to teach you what HIS definition of worship looks like so that you can avoid singing rot like “Fall Afresh.” The next time some foolish worship leader starts strumming the opening chords to this demon-inspired dribble, close your eyes and talk to God instead. Thank the Holy Spirit for the fact that He is ALWAYS with you. Tell Him how awesome you think He is for being so faithful to you and tell Him how much you value His Presence in your life. Without the Holy Spirit, there would be no Christians. He is our magnificent King who we should be cherishing with all of our hearts.

FURTHER READING:
Worship Songs from Satan: Create in Me a Clean Heart
Worship Songs from Satan: Build Your Kingdom Here

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