Saturday, November 6, 2010

Be Filled With the Spirit

I am rejoicing in my heart right now. The Lord filled me with an awareness of His love and the wonder and goodness of His plans for us while I was reading my Sunday school lesson for tomorrow. It was about how Christians should live and covered Ephesians 5:15-21. It talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit—how that was a command from God to us, not an option--and about the fact that we could not fill ourselves. That He alone could fill us. It talked about the grammar in Paul’s sentence, “Be filled with the Spirit”. In Greek, it could be more accurately read as “keep on being filled”, indicating not a one-time event, but that we needed to be continually filled.

It occurred to me that coming to God daily with this request—or even minute-by-minute if I am in spiritual warfare—is what keeps me in an intimate relationship with Him. It is because of God’s great love for us that He set it up this way. If we could fill ourselves, we wouldn’t come to God. But when we humbly ask Him, He does fill us—as flawed as we are--and we see how truly compassionate, loving, and forgiving He is. We know that we are not alone and that He will help us. His Spirit testifies with our spirit that we belong to God. No more doubting. No more fears of not truly being saved. Such realization filled me with wonder, gratitude, and humility this morning. I suddenly grasped the love of God being revealed by commanding that I be filled with the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit completes me. He is the missing puzzle piece that I’ve been looking for. In His Spirit, I have power for living and am filled with joy, singing, energy, and the coping skills I need to face what lies ahead. I get a small glimpse of what it means to experience God, and I suddenly want the world to know the wonder and the joy of salvation. I don’t want anyone to miss out on such a joyous experience.

God doesn’t have to fill us—He wants to fill us. He wants us to experience His love and power. He wants us to know that we are His children and filling us with His Holy Spirit sheds His love abroad in our hearts (as Paul has stated in the New Testament). Thinking about all of this, I was reminded of the verses I am memorizing this month:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay Him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36, NIV)

Yes, Lord! Amen!

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