6 Hours To Die
6 Hours To Die
Becoming Spirit Filled
It is one thing to become a Christian with the Spirit living within. It is another thing to become a Christian that is filled with the Spirit. From the moment of spiritual birth, Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at all times. – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever-- the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” John 14: 16-17. However, the level of this indwelling fluctuates according to our relationship with the Lord at any point in time.
According to dictionary.com, the meaning of filled is to put into a container as much as can be held. To fill something is a process that begins with some quantity, some measure and ends with not being able to get anymore of the substance into the container, the vessel, etc. According to Acts 9:15, we are the Lord’s vessel and He intends us to be filled with His Spirit. “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.” The scriptures provides excellent examples of what happens to one who becomes Spirit filled. Without exception, these scriptures denoted the occurrence of a supernatural event by those who are filled with the Spirit. Let’s review a few of these.
Acts 2:4 - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 4:31 - And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Acts 6:8 - And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Acts 7:55 - But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
God wants us to be filled with His Spirit with a definite objective in mind. This objective focuses on one thing only, to do good work, often supernaturally, that glorifies God. Hence, it is so important to keep self out of the way and let the Spirit work through us for God’s glory. There are many examples of supernatural events that took place in scripture when the body was filled with the Spirit. Let’s recall some of these scriptures.
Matthew 10:1- And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Acts 3:6-7- Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
Galatians 3:5 - Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Being full of the Holy Spirit enables us to become Christ like and live the holy life. The Spirit enables us to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, many Christians have a very limited knowledge of God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit empowers us to use our gift to do the work of Christ in a superior and yes sometimes, in a supernatural way. Being filled with the Spirit enables us to perform a work that is efficient and effective and more importantly, that allows God alone to receive the glory.
Nowhere in Scripture do we find a simple list of steps to take to be filled with the Spirit. But the Bible does give us some solid concepts which we can apply in order to experience His fullness. We must want to be filled, we must decide to be filled, we must remove those obstacles that get in the way of being filled, we must request to be filled, and we must depend on God to fill us.
The following scriptures provide further guidance on what is required to be filled with the Spirit. Matthew 5:6; Romans 8:5-17; Philippians 3:8-11; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; 1 John 3:8-9; Ephesians 4:25-31; Colossians 3:5-10; Romans 6:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Romans 6:6; Thessalonians 3:12-13; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Jude 24; 1 Thessalonians; 5:23-24; and Hebrews 10:19-23.
I encourage you to read and meditate on these scriptures to gain a better perspective and understanding of what is required to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is a matter of faith and the continual renewing of our minds and Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is not a onetime event. It is an ongoing process. We must arise each day seeking to be filled, yet again, with the Spirit for the work that lies ahead of us this day.
Have you seen or performed any supernatural events lately? I beseech you therefore that you would pray for me and I for you, to be filled with the Spirit such that the glory of God may be seen through us as we perform supernatural feats. As you and I become more and more conformed to the image of Christ, then we will be positioned to perform greater works even those that are supernatural. Jesus spoke of these times and events in the gospel of John, specifically John 14:12 - Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
Blessings to you and to those you serve.
Rev. Dr. Phillip E. Davis Sr.