Again, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit because you desire to be filled, nor because you confess your sins, or present your body a living sacrifice to the Lordship of Christ. You are filled by faith.
There are two very important words that help explain how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They are the words command and promise.
In Ephesians 5:18, God commands you to be filled: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:18, NIV)
Not to be filled, controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, is disobedience. The other word is promise - a promise that makes the command possible: "This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him." (1 John 5:14,15, NIV)
Now let me ask you, is it God's will for you to be filled and controlled by Him? Of course it is - for it is His command! Then right now you can ask God to fill you - not because you deserve to be filled, not because you have fasted and prayed and begged and pled with God long enough, but according to His promise.
If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit already dwells within you. Therefore, you do not need to invite Him to come into your life. He did this when you became a Christian, and Jesus promised that He will never leave you. The moment you received Christ, the Holy Spirit not only came to indwell you, but He imparted to you spiritual life, causing you to be born anew as a child of God. The Holy Spirit also baptized you into the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:13, Paul explains, "We were all baptized by one Spirit into one body."
(1 Corinthians 12:13, NIV) There is but one indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one rebirth of the Holy Spirit, and one baptism of the Holy Spirit - all of which occur when you receive Christ. Being filled with the Holy Spirit, however, is not a once-and-for-all experience. There are many fillings, as is made clear in Ephesians 5:18.
Being filled with the Spirit means that He is directing what you do, and guiding what you do, and that you’re submitting to His ways, and not your own.
You have to be constantly pursuing God on a day-to-day basis, and constantly walking with him.
It involves surrendering yourself, your agenda, what you want to do over to the Lord.
You cannot be in control of yourself and be controlled by the Holy Spirit at the same time. Christ cannot be in control if you are on the throne. So you must abdicate. This involves faith. As an expression of your will, in prayer, you surrender the throne of your life to Christ, and by faith you draw upon His supernatural resources to live a holy and fruitful life.
There is no place in Scripture where you are told to pray for the filling of the Holy Spirit because you are filled by faith. However, since the object of your faith is God and His Word, I suggest that you pray to be filled with the Spirit as an expression of your faith in God's command and in God’s promise.
Have you met God's conditions? Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Have you confessed all known sin? Do you sincerely desire to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life? Do you sincerely desire to be controlled and empowered by the Holy Spirit? If so, I invite you to bow your head and pray with me right now this prayer of faith. Silently inviting the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power. As I pray, you pray with me.
Make this your prayer:
"Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and filling me with the Holy Spirit." Amen
Now, if you sincerely prayed that prayer, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. From now on through the enabling of the Holy Spirit you will begin to experience a greater love for God. You will want to spend time with Him in studying His Word and in prayer. You will want to share your love for Christ with others who do not know Him.
And tell someone how they can also enjoy the abundant life promised by our Lord through the filling of the Holy Spirit.
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Take a few minutes right now to think about all the things we’ve talked about. These truths can change your life. And as you do, ask the Holy Spirit to empower you with His incredible presence.
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