Its certainly impossible to live the life that God wants for us without being filled by the Holy Spirit. But it's exciting to know that whatever God wants us to do, He makes it possible by the Spirit who lives inside of us.
The Bible definitely tells us that's true. But honestly when you look at the lives of many Christians today, they don't seem that much different from people who aren't believers. Unfortunately, many Christians don't fully understand what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a concept that I never understood growing up in the church.
Living a Spirit-filled life is really relying on the Lord 100% of the time.
The Holy Spirit has done amazing things for me, personally, and it would take me hours to explain everything.
When the Holy Spirit comes inside, it means that you've completely changed, and you're transformed.
The Holy Spirit helps me every moment of every day.
To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to be filled with Christ. The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ. Therefore, if you are filled with the Spirit, you are abiding in Christ.
You are controlled by Christ because the word "filling" means to be controlled. And if you are controlled - not as a robot but as one who is led and empowered by the Spirit - the Lord Jesus will walk around in your body and live His resurrection life in and through you.
If you are willing for Jesus Christ to live His resurrection life in and through you, you will bear spiritual fruit as naturally as a healthy plant will bear an abundance of fruit. In John 15:8 Jesus said, "And this is the way My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; and in so doing you prove that you are My disciples." (John 15:8)
And the only way you can produce fruit is through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Not only do you receive a supernatural power for witnessing when you are filled with the Spirit, but your personality also begins to change. As you continue to walk in the control and power of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly obvious in your life.
In Galatians 5:22,23, Paul explains it this way, "When the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control..."
(Galatians 5:22,23, TLB)
Being filled with the Spirit results in an abundant and overflowing life.
Though you are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith and faith alone, it is important to recognize that several factors contribute to preparing your heart for the filling of the Spirit.
First, you must desire to live a life that will please the Lord. You have the promise of our Savior, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matthew 5:6, NIV) Second, be willing to surrender your life totally completely and irrevocably to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In Romans 12:1,2 we are told: "Dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy-the kind He can accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how His ways will really satisfy you.” (Romans 12:1,2, TLB)
Third, confess every known sin which the Holy Spirit brings to mind and experience the cleansing and forgiveness which God promises in 1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” (1 John 1:9, TLB)
Confessing your sins is just admitting what you've done wrong, and admitting that what you did is sin.
And it's also about repentance that you don't want to do it again, that you want to change.
Allowing nothing to get between you and your committed relationship with Christ.
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