FS Word of Power
March 17, 2021
“Be filled with the Spirit”
There are days when many of us feel empty – powerless- worn out. The other day God reminded me a word in Zechariah 4:6 “So he said to me, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts.” If you are a Christian, the Holy Spirit already dwells within you. When you purchase a mechanical item that runs on batteries, frequently the notice “Batteries Not Included” is printed on the box. The Holy Spirit -your source of power for living – is “included” when you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. He came to live within you when you became a Christian, and Jesus promised that He will never leave you. 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.” 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-for-all experience. There are many fillings, as is made clear in Ephesians 5:18 “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”. When “filling” is mentioned in scripture, it can mean all sorts of great things:
· To be made full.
· Or, to occupy to full capacity.
· Also, to satiate.
· In the same fashion, to have plenty.
· By the same token, to meet the needs.
· Or, to satisfy.
In Psalm 81:10 we read that: “For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will FILL IT with good things.”
It`s a lot like driving a car- and it doesn´t matter if you are driving a Ferrari or Buick, a brand-new car or an old one- they ALL need gas or in other words FUEL! Being filled with the Holy Spirit is all about refueling your gas tank! It takes energy when you serve God and are maintaining an active Christian lifestyle. After a while- if not careful- you run out of gas and start to feel worn out. How do we refill? Five things you can do to stay filled with the Holy
Spirit. They are:
1. Pray- when you start to feel empty
2. Pray -when you need his presence and be FILLED!
3. Pray- in the SPIRIT- use your prayer language
4. Pray- at ALL TIMES
5. Pray- and don´t quit until you feel refreshed!