In this letter let me start by saying, there is another experience in which all believers should desire, after they become born-again. “This is that”, in which Jesus said all should receive…the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
For it is after they receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit, that the believer will be led by the Spirit in all truth, with boldness to witness and be a testimony. Yes, this is where your spirit bears witness with the the Holy Spirit. Walking in the Spirit will take walking by faith.
You might say, this is the place at which Christ will began to flow through you and out of you with such an anointing. This is where the Holy Spirit can and will manifest the Gifts of the Spirit to whom He wills as needed for the situation at hand. The power of God at work in the believer.
It is in Acts 1:8 that tells us how we receive the power to bear this fruit.
It is in Acts 1:8 that tells us how we receive the power to bear this fruit.
- Acts 1:8 “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- In Luke 11:9-13, Jesus promises that God the Father is the giver of good gifts. It is the Father’s will to bless us far exceedingly more than that of our earthly Fathers to whom will bless their own children. Jesus teaches, “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
- As we see in Acts 1:12-15, the disciples and the 120 in the upper room took what Jesus said to their very heart…to wait, tarry, until the Holy Spirit came…they waited and prayed constantly together until they received this amazing gift. Ten days later on Pentecost they were filled with this precious gift, the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
It’s time today to begin to desire, hunger for this gift that Jesus has sent to all believers who would receive. Jesus said to, seek, ask and knock, you will be filled. Being filled with the Spirit will lead us into a better relationship with people and God alike. The fruit of the Holy Spirit will become noticeable in one’s life that is filled with the Holy Spirit.
As the Holy Spirit has His freedom, the gifts of the spirit will be manifested as is needed, to build up the body of Christ. Begin today, walking in the very power that Jesus had on earth…a life of victory…for His glory. FILLED with the Holy Spirit.
Because of what Jesus did over 2000 years ago, His death, burial and resurrection we now have access to the Father and the Holy Spirit; who takes up residency within every born again believer to whom will believe and receive. God has provided for us an abundant and fruitful Christian life.
- Jesus said, in John 10:10, The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.
My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.
- Also in John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
As stated above, Jesus has promised the one who abides in Him will bear much fruit.
- Galatians 5:22 – 23 tells us of the various fruit of the Spirit “But 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. Here there is no conflict with the law.”
To better understand this wonderful infilling of the Holy Spirit we must first understand the very nature and make up of mankind.
Listed below are three kinds of people in this world:
1. The Natural Man is one who has not received Christ as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:14 But people who aren’t Christians can’t understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means.The Natural man is self centered, for Christ is outside of the Natural man’s life and his interest are directed by self, usually resulting in conflict and frustration.
2. The Spiritual Man is one who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit as stated in 1 Corinthians 2:15 We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can’t understand us at all. The Spiritual Man is a Christ-centered life. That is to say Christ is in the life of this man. Man’s self is yielding to Christ and his interest are directed by Christ, resulting in agreement with God’s plan. The Christian (the Spiritual man) that has placed his trust in God will be led by the Holy Spirit and will have the characteristics or traits of the Holy Spirit; the fruit of the Spirit as listed above, in Galatians 5:22-23. The Spiritual Man’s life is Christ-centered and empowered by the Holy Spirit, introduces others to Christ, has an effective prayer life, an understanding of God’s Word, trusts and obeys God. The degree of these traits will vary depending upon the extent to which the Christian trust the Lord with every part of his life. The Christian walk is an ongoing walk of maturity, with a life of trials, test, trouble and tribulations; placing one’s very own life in the Lord’s hands, a complete life of trust and obedience to the very will of the Father, listening to the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit.
3. The Carnal Man is one who has received Christ, but who lives a defeated life trusting in his own efforts to live the Christian life. The Carnal Man is one who does not fully trust God. The Spiritual man will live by faith, as stated in God’s Word, “the just shall live by faith”.
- 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to mature Christians. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk and not with solid food, because you couldn’t handle anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your own sinful desires. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your own desires? You are acting like people who don’t belong to the Lord.
Let me say, the Carnal Man is similar to the Natural Man in that he is self-centered. He is either uninformed about, or has forgotten God’s love, forgiveness and power as stated in Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 10:1-25; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; 2 Peter 1:9; Acts 1:8.
The Carnal Christian will experience an up-and-down spiritual experience, not understanding himself, for he wants to do what is right, but cannot. This is because he fails to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life as stated in 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (see above); Romans 7:15-24; 8:7; Galatians 5:16-18.
Let’s list some of the characteristics of the Carnal Man: Legalistic attitude, impure thoughts, jealousy, guilt, worry, discouragement, critical spirit, frustration, aimlessness, fear, unbelief, disobedience, loss of love for God and for others, poor prayer life, no desire for Bible study.
To live as the Spiritual man; is a life being filled, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
- John 15 tells us that the spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life by which Christ lives His life in and through us in the power of the Holy Spirit.
This walk in the spirit-filled life will take daily walking; consisting of prayer, Bible reading and being led by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This morning during my devotional time I had an interesting thought; that God is not looking for people to work for Him but He is looking for people to work through them. We are to be an instrument, a vessel that the Holy Spirit can flow through. Yes, Christ in us flowing through us.
- In John 3:1-8 we are told that one becomes a Christian through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. From the moment of spiritual birth, that of believing and accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior; the Holy Spirit resides in the Christian and yes, if allowed, the Holy Spirit will direct our life.
- John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God…see also Colossians 2:9-10; John 14:16-17.
We as Christians are to be filled, directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit on an ongoing basis. This continual infilling is built from a relationship-fellowship with Christ daily, through His Word, prayer, trusting, applying and acting on His Word.
As stated in John 7:37-39, the Holy Spirit is the very source of the overflowing life, “rivers of living water” . The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ in and through the believer as stated in John 16:1-15.
A true disciple of Christ is one who is filled with the Holy Spirit; being directed and empowered for God’s service. The Spirit-filled life, that of direction and empowerment comes by faith and by the Holy Spirit.
You may ask, how can I experience this spirit-filled life of empowerment and direction by the Holy Spirit? You can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit right now if you: Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit as stated in Matthew.
- Matthew 5:6, God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full… see also John 7:37-39, below.
Confess your sins. It will take faith, thanking God that He has forgiven all your sins; past and present.
- John 7:37 – 39, On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come to me! If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.”
(When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone DESIRING AND BELIEVING in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory) Christ died for you! Col 2:13-15;
1 John 1; 2:1-3; Heb 10:1-17.
Begin now to present every area of your life to God, a total surrendering/ yielding of one’s body, soul and spirit, emotions and your will; to be like Jesus, pure and holy, full of His Glory. This is my desire, may it be yours.
- Romans 12:1 – 2, And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will 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 let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
By faith, receive/accept the fullness of the Holy Spirit as stated in Ephesians 5:18, (His command) and (His promise) as stated in 1 John 5:14-15. Begin expressing your desire by faith through prayer and by faith believing that you will receive, when you ask. You will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit with the authority of God and His Word. This authority comes from the fact of God and His Word, faith and our trust in God and His Word.
Remember this, fact and faith is what will bring the desired result, not feeling. Do you believe? The feeling will come as a result of our faith and obedience to God and His Word. See Hebrews 11:6; Rom. 14:22-23.
To walk in the Spirit one must have faith and trust in God and His promises for today, now. Seek God and His righteousness, begin to ask and desire the infilling
of the Holy Spirit, with evidence of speaking in tongues. You will receive when you believe He is for you.
Be filled, stayed filled and continue to walk in His Spirit with obedience; that of studying His Word, praying and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. In closing let us begin to LISTEN, OBEY and DO.
Love in Christ Jesus,