Mosaic, family and and friends alike, we are so excited to start our new series, “The Holy Spirit: with You and in You”. How many of us do not realize that we are meant to be receiving from God on a daily basis? How many of us think that salvation is a one-time transaction? This morning, we are going to be talking about what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Contrary to what some of us may believe, the Spirit is not a what, nor is He a force (like a power or an element). Rather, He is a “whom”, a relational, intimate being, exemplifying the Father heart of our good God.
John 4:13-15: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
5 Truths about being filled with the Holy Spirit:
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit elicits the following:
- creative gifts, leadership gifts, charismatic gifts, wisdom, revelation from God, praise, boldness, grace, faith, power to perform miracles, personal healing, authority, conquering over powers of darkness, and joy
- This is the diversity of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit! So often, we think it looks like one expression (we’ve reduced His presence to goosebumps in worship or tears in prayer), but this is far from the Truth.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit is repeatable.
- There is 1 initial entrance, yes, but then there are multiple fillings
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not preclude one from suffering.
- He does not promise the absence of pain (on the contrary, he guarantees suffering to all those that follow Him).
- The promise is that the Holy Spirit will be with you in that pain.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit often comes at a time of intercession, affliction, or moments when God is calling someone into a particular ministry.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit is always associated with greater:
It is also important to note that being filled with the Holy Spirit is never going to work without a childlike faith. There will be moments in which we have to choose to believe that God lives within us. So, what’s our part to play here?
- I must be filled (as believers, it’s our duty and responsibility).
- Luke 24:49: And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
- I may be filled (as believers, it’s an honor and a privilege).
- John 7:37-39: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
- I will be filled (or, I am willing to be filled, and further: I am willing to do whatever it takes to be fulfilled). There’s a difference between wishing and willing, ya’ll.
- Ephesians 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit…
- It might require repentance. It might take some “de-cluttering” of the soul.
- I shall be filled.
- This is the faith declaration moment.
- Acts 2:38-39: And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
Biblical references: John 4:13-15; Romans 8:11; Luke 24:49; John 7:37-39; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 2:38-39
- What truth of the Holy Spirit are you struggling with today?
- What “rooms in your house” do you need to invite the Holy Spirit into? What needs to be “decluttered” so that He can enter in?