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Monday, October 27, 2014

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

“Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:18b-20, NIV).

Do you feel powerless? Do you struggle in your Christian walk? Does joy elude you? Do you feel in your heart there is something more, but you just can't grasp it? Perhaps you realize you need more of the Lord, but fear of total surrender holds you from seeking more of Him. The power of Pentecost is not just for those gathered on that day the Holy Spirit came over 2000 years ago. When He descended, He did not depart. The Holy Spirit waits for you now.

“Be filled with the Spirit,” Paul wrote to believers in Ephesians. Why do you need to be filled with the Holy Spirit when you have already received the Holy Spirit at the time you were born again? Because the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, which comes at the moment Jesus becomes Savior, is not the same occurrence as being filled with the Holy Spirit (Mark 3:11, Acts 1:4). Oh, yes, He is the same all-powerful Holy Spirit, but He does not stop at salvation. To be filled with all of Him, you must completely surrender yourself to His requirement to own every bit of your life. If you long for His power in your life, pray and seek Him. Absorb and obey His Word. Praise Him continually from your heart. Worship Him in His Spirit and in His Truth. He waits for you to give yourself away to Him.

Have you come to the place where you desperately need all He has for your life? Have you longed for more of Him, but has fear of letting go and allowing His power to claim your life held you back? Why would you be afraid of the very Savior who gave His life for you? He loves you beyond measure. Place upon His altar every preconceived notion that such an experience entails. Open your heart and life to Him. Don’t fear His presence or whatever He asks of you. Fall more greatly in love with your Savior than you ever though possible. He is your Savior, your Holy Father who wants the very best for you, and sees the best in you. He is the one who loves you no matter what, the one who died for you, the one who rose so that you can walk in new life. He redeems your past, heals the pain of the past, and imparts power in your life. 

In the moment you experience all of Him, you become whole. Perhaps you hadn't know before that you were fractured and not quite complete. But suddenly with His indwelling presence and power you know. And you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of His joy. You have been completed in Him.

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