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Being Filled With the Holy Spirit

Following is different than being filled.

When I say, "God the Father," what do you picture?

Hopefully not a rocking chair. He's not the old man in Heaven sometimes seen pictured!

How about Jesus the Son?

Does He have blonde hair, blue eyes, and perfect hair like “Bearded Lady Jesus”?

What if I asked you to picture the Holy Spirit? What comes to mind?

Some of us imagine Casper the Friendly Ghost because we grew up reading the King James Version, which describes Him as Holy Ghost! But He’s not a ghost, He’s a person, and like God the Father and God the Son, we can have a relationship with Him and know Him personally.

As Christians, we were meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. A car is meant to be filled with gasoline, and while you could fill It with water a lot cheaper, the car wouldn’t do what it’s meant to do.

In the same way, as Christians, we were meant to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I love what Chuck Swindoll says:

What fuel is to a car, the Holy Spirit is to the believer. He energizes us to stay the course. He motivates us despite obstacles. He keeps us going when the road gets rough. It is the Spirit who comforts us in our distress, who calms us in times of calamity, who becomes our companion in loneliness and grief, who spurs our "intuition" into action, who fills our minds with discernment when we are uneasy about a certain decision. He is, in short, our spiritual fuel.

Do you ever feel like you’re doing the Christian life in your own power?

Again, Swindoll writes:

It is one thing to become a Christian. It is another thing entirely to become a Spirit­-filled Christian. The tragedy is that so many are followers but so few are filled with the Spirit. When this happens, a person misses out on God’s power in their life.

Let me share a note with you from one Christian who felt the frustration of doing Christian life in his own power:

What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise...

But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it. I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything, and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope.

Quite a description of the struggle we all face. But don't be discouraged because we truly do all face this battle.

The letter that I just shared are the words of apostle Paul, paraphrased by message author Eugene Peterson (Romans 7:15, 17-24).

In Romans 7, Paul expresses this great frustration. Yet the next chapter, Romans 8, is one of the most confident, spiritually assured chapters in the Bible.

It's not too difficult to tell what makes a difference.

  • In Romans 7, the word “I” is used 27 times.
  • In Romans 8, the word “Spirit” is used 19 times.

What made the difference between defeat that characterizes Paul in Romans 7 and victory he describes in Romans 8? The filling of the Holy Spirit.

So we need to be filled with His Spirit. The question is, how? Some of you will be disappointed in what I'm about to say because it won't sound hard enough!

Just ask Him. 

No seriously, just ask Him. He longs to fill you with His Spirit!

You just have to pray the prayer of the early church—“Come, Holy Spirit.” In Acts 4:31, we read, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Every day when I wake up, the first thing I do is pray, “Come, Holy Spirit!” Because if there’s more of the Holy Spirit available to me, I want it! I need to be filled with the Spirit every single day, every hour, every minute. 

It’s like breathing—we all need air to live, but the only way to get it into our lungs is through the continual action of breathing. We breathe in, and we breathe out. The average person needs to take roughly 21,600 breaths per day. And sometimes I think that’s about how many times I need to be filled with the Spirit as well!

Pray that prayer right now… “Come, Holy Spirit.”

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