Todays letter will take sometime in reading but this subject is of the utmost importance in the believers life. FOR THIS IS THAT…in which Christ Himself said was to come after He went to the Father. Yes, God and our Lord Christ Jesus is with us in power through the working of the Holy Spirit in us.
May you be blessed with this letter as we look into what the Word of God says about the Spirit filled life. Being filled with the Spirit has brought much controversy in the church throughout the ages. What is being filled with the Spirit? What is meant to walk in the Spirit.? Is speaking in tongues (that of an unknown language) really necessary to the believer? Let me touch briefly on these questions.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is simply allowing the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of God) to have complete reign of and in your life. It was a commandment given by Jesus for all believers to “Receive the Holy Ghost” in John 20:22. Tongues are one of the signs which Jesus said would follow the believer and is one of the evidences of the Spirit filled life. Speaking in tongues is a very important part in the pray-ers’ life.
Everyone that received the Holy Ghost in the Bible spoke in Tongues. Speaking in tongues is a gift given to all believers’ whom will believe. Tongues is a vital part of the Spirit filled life… there are many times we do not know how to pray for a particular need or situation but as we pray in our heavenly language (tongues-a language unknown to you) the Holy Spirit prays deep within us and through us, building, strengthening, and comforting the pray-er.
The Spirit-filled life is a life that is totally surrendered to God and His ways. After we become saved (born-again), we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The infilling of the Holy Spirit brings your mind, body and spirit into the fullness of unity with God and Christ in you. As we surrender and yield to the power and working of the Holy Spirit, we are lead and directed by the Spirit.
After being filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidience of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance we are brought into a realization of the very presence of God with us in a greater way. We can be assured the Holy Spitit will always be with the born-again, Spirit- filled believer.
Remember, we all have free will throughout our lives, and walking in the Spirit will consist keeping our thoughts, mind, spirit and soul fed with the Word of God and communicating with our Lord and Savior on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit will comfort, guide, teach and lead us into all truth as we pay close attention to His leading, guidance and teaching.
It will take our part in making the right choices daily to follow His leading. God will sanctify us when we make Christ Jesus Lord of our life. The born-again experience, faith in Christ Jesus, will cleanse our heart and souls, by Gods grace and seal us unto eternal life. We will still have to do our part in living the Christian life, for we do have free will. Our part is what God calls consecration, or to set apart our thoughts, mind, spirit and body unto the Lord; in other words, living our life pleasing unto God.
The working of the Holy Spirit, you might say cleans up the inner man, spiritually, giving the believer a new nature; making us holy, a new creature in Christ. But we are responsible to consecrate (or set apart our thoughts, mind and body under the subjection of the Holy Spirit in all purity, holiness and right living. The Holy Spirit will help us in making the right decesions as we place our trust in our Lord snd Savior.
Our old carnal nature will always be warring against our new nature in Christ Jesus. Walking in the Spirit and living in Christ is not a struggle for the genuine believer. It will become our lifestyle and a joy when we love God. When we love God and are controlled by the Holy Spirit, we will want to be obedient in all His ways. Obedience can and will become part of the believer’s lifestyle.
It is when we allow or give place to the cares of life and allow the old nature to take up room in our mind, thoughts and body is when we begin to feel the struggle of being a christian. We CANNOT give satan any room in our thoughts, mind or spirit; for this is truly where satan will began to take root in our body.
To be filled with the Spirit is simply to yield, surrender all of self to God, expecting all from Him…yes, an infilling of the very presence of God, into a hungry soul. There is a language unknown to you but speaks from the intimacy of your soul.
- Praying in the Spirit is another very important component of prayer.
- Praying in the Spirit is praying; with Holy boldness, energy, and zeal in speaking and acting.
- Praying in the Spirit comes from deep within; it tears down strongholds, consoles, illuminates and empowers the believer.
- Praying in the Spirit consists of supplication (asking); allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us.
One of my favorite scriptures on this subject of prayer is found in Ephesians the sixth chapter.
- Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
It is for all people…to all believers…to whom would believe as stated in:
- Acts 10:44-45. Yes…a necessity to live a victorious life after one becomes a believer until our Lords return.
Paul makes it very clear that the ministry of the Holy Spirit serves as an assurance of our complete redemption as stated here in:
- Ephesians 1:13-14- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard, the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
This is that. He will convict us, teach us, comfort us, keep us, guide us into all truth. There must be an infilling of the Holy Spirit to be able to sucessfully live as an overcomer in this life.
Ephesians 1:13-14- In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard, the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
This is that. He will convict us, teach us, comfort us, keep us, guide us into all truth. .
What are some steps to prepare your heart to receive the Holy Spirit baptism:
1.) Walk in repentance. Proverbs 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
2.) A will to humble yourself before God to receive His gift by faith. It all stems from a heart issue…1 Samuel 16:7 …the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance,but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Is your heart broken and contrite?
Is it repentant?
Is it hungry for Him?
For a pure heart is emptied of all pride, it is one that is ready to be filled. As stated in Acts 15:8-9 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. GOD WILL!
As a believer we are to expect the best God has for us. We are His children and He is our provider. Praying in the Spirit is more than just hoping…it is to believe and receive God’s Word for our needs and the needs of those around us.
When we pray we must pray in faith believing…FAITH IS THAT WHICH WILL BRING THE ANSWER. All of God’s promises are for us today…when we meet the conditions of the promise in which we are in need of; it shall be ours. It is the duty of the pray-er to be in constant prayer in faith believing, watching and waiting for the answer. When our very soul cries out to God, HE WILL ANSWER!
Are you willing to humble yourself before God to receive His free gift by faith. It all stems from a heart issue….1 Samuel 16:7 …the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance,but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Is your heart broken, yielded and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. He will convict, comfort and teach us all things we allow Him to.
Let’s take these 3 steps, seriously, and you will see the Holy Spirit will take up residence in the life (vessel) of the believer;
- First, you must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (be born-again)
- Next, a believer must want and desire the infilling of the Holy Spirit with all their heart.
- And lastly, is simply to receive. As we walk in the Holy Spirit, we MUST ALLOW Him to have full reign in our life. There must be nothing in us that would hinder His flow. As we surrender those things that are not pleasing to the Father; we begin to flow in the fullness of His Spirit.
There are times while praying we do not know how to pray and what to pray. It is here that the Holy Spirit can and will pray through the believer; with that of speaking in tongues, bringing forth the desired results, birthing in us the very will of the Father.
Persistence, patience and perseverance is an important part in answered prayer while continually praying with thanksgiving to God. As stated in the (Ephesians 6:18), we are to continually be praying in the Spirit, with the Spirit until we see what we are praying for manifested in our life. The desire of God’s will for us and the lives of others.
Yes, God WILL bring about thru the Holy Spirit the very fruit to which we are praying for, His will, His Word! In this component of pray; that of “praying in the Spirit” we must make our request be known to God our Father with an earnest spirit; in persistence, confidence and with humility.
When praying, we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us with a sense of intensity, seriousness, and fervor; that of passion and zeal. When praying, we are to pray out of gratefulness, for the need and expect an answer to the prayer in our life. With that need we must approach our Heavenly Father with a deep sense of its importance. This earnestness, intensity, seriousness of purpose, persistence, humility, and confidence are characteristics of praying in the Spirit.
We must always be watching and waiting (expecting) for God’s answer to come forth…as it surely will. As stated in James 5:16 “The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.
From this story we can see what it truly means to be watchful (all night long), persistent and ceaseless praying of the pray-er. Results came…a message given under the very power of the Holy Spirit so anointed that hundreds of men fell under this same power. Praying in the Spirit – that of prayers of zeal, watchfulness, persistence, and power.
This kind of praying first takes obeying the command of God to pray. As we give ourselves to the task of praying, we must look to the Holy Spirit within to produce the prayers that He desires;to see the work manifested without. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NLT).
I am thankful for the Holy Spirit and the work He does through my life and in the believer. This spiritual power that Jesus spoke about was for witnessing, preaching, living, and praying. This power is so intense and active and full of life that it results in a full and lasting change in our lives and in the lives of those whom we are praying for.
This is that in which the Lord spoke about; the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. He is also our comforter, our teacher and our helper.
In order to see the Holy Spirit manifested in and through our lives, we must use the avenue in which the Holy Spirit works.
- To receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit- we must pray.
- To be led by the Holy Spirit – we must pray.
- To be use by the Holy Spirit – we must pray.
- To be anointed by the Holy Spirit – we must pray.
Yes, the Holy Spirit and prayer are linked with each other.
Another one of my favorite scriptures on prayer is found in Jude. Jude expresses to us the importance of the Holy Spirit as our teacher especially in prayer.
- Jude writes, “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.” Jude 1:20-21 (NLT)
Paul tells us in Romans that the Holy Spirit is not only our Teacher but also our Helper in prayer.
- Romans 8:26 – 27 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
The Holy Spirit is the very power that Jesus has promised. Not only is Jesus making intercession for us but we now see that the Holy Spirit of God is also making intercession for us according to the will of God; helping us to keep our prayers on target in line with the Father’s will for us. Jesus clarifies this very idea in:
- John 16:13 (NLT)”When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
Praying in the Holy Spirit brings forth revelation into our life. When our Spirit unites with his Spirit we are as one. This truly is God at work in us. This spiritual bonding enables us to pray with authority and strength. His desires become our desires and His will becomes our will.
The Holy Spirit is to be our life and breath, filling us with the life and power of God; an ever-ending life-producing power and prayer. His gifts working in us!I truly believe God gives the Spirit of supplication (asking), for He knows what we need, and uses His Divine life within us as a life in which prayer continually rises to heaven.
Make it your desire today, to be filled with the fullness of His Spirit. Baptized into His will; endued with power from on high! To be a VESSEL for His Divine purpose to speak thru, from now until eternity. Praise be to God…for TRULY HE IS MERCIFUL AND FULL OF GRACE!
God Bless, as always
Love in our Lord Christ Jesus,