THE FULLNESS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
God wants His people to live Spirit filled lives. That’s why Paul instructed the Ephesians to “be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18) That Scripture applies to every believer today as well. How can we be filled with the Spirit?
GOD DOES IT
“Be filled,” is a passive verb meaning the action of filling is outside of our control. It is not something we do- it is something done to us. God fills us with the Spirit, we do not fill ourselves.
GOD DEMANDS IT
“Be filled” is an imperative form of the verb, therefore it is a command. It is God’s will for you to be filled with the Spirit. If you are not Spirit filled you are living outside of God’s design for the Christian life.
THE TIME IS NOW
“Be filled” is a present tense verb. That means we are to continually be filled with the Spirit. Fullness is not a “once and for all” experience. It is a fresh, dynamic part of our daily life.
THIS IS FOR YOU
“Be filled” is a plural verb. That means the fullness of the Spirit is for every believer. That includes you. Are you seeking the fullness of the Spirit? If you’re a believer you should. The Holy Spirit is not reserved for a sub-set of the church or a spiritual “special ops” branch of the Body of Christ. All of us should live Spirit-filled lives!
As we approach Pentecost Sunday on May 15, shouldn’t the church today long for the outpouring of the Spirit just as the church 2000 years ago did? I believe we should.
Today, right now, ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. God will hear your prayer.