When Are We Filled With The Spirit
Some Christians should be encouraged that they are filled with the Holy Spirit more often than they have probably known about it. And some Christians should be discouraged by how seldom they are filled with the Holy Spirit. Often we won*t know that we are filled with the Spirit until after the fact. We are filled with the Spirit when He meets someone else*s need through us and they are blessed.
Individuals who have not been born of the Spirit are not indwelt by Him and they are therefore not filled with Him.John 3:5-6: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Being filled with the Spirit is very mysterious.John 3:8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Christians are ALWAYS indwelt by the Holy Spirit but they are not always filled with Him.Romans 8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
When are Christians filled with the Holy Spirit? Can we know when we are filled with the Holy Spirit?
John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Since He shall not speak of Himself we may not always know from Him that we are filled with Him. But we can know it for other reasons. We can know from the fruit He produces in us and in our lives. It is vital that we know when we are NOT filled with the Spirit so that we might repent of it.John 16:8: And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
When He reproves us of our sin, which is one of His most important tasks, we can know that we are NOT filled with Him.
Because He will not speak of Himself He is a wonderful example of humility and meekness. He is One with God the Father and with the Son. He deserves our worship. He has been doing His unique work for believers for more than two thousand years. He does so much for us and yet remains anonymous about much of it. He shall not speak of Himself.
I am thrilled that He is in the trenches with us. He is in the forefront of the battles with Satan. He experiences daily from His position within Christians the heartbreak of their sin and being quenched and grieved. And yet He renews them day by day. He also experiences daily being resisted by unbelievers.2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, He speaks through us and God*s will is done. When we are guided into truth, guided by truth, learning truth and speaking truth we are filled with the Holy Spirit.John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
When we are speaking about Jesus and glorifying Him we are filled with the Holy Spirit.John 16:14: He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
When we are bearing the fruit of the Spirit we are filled with the Holy Spirit.Galatians 5:22-23a: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: . . .
When we are unloving, have no joy, have no peace, are impatient, are aggressive or violent, bad, faithless, we are NOT filled with the Spirit. The best definition of meekness that I know of is *power under control.* When we are out-of-control, or intemperate we are NOT filled with the Holy Spirit.Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
When we are doing good things and right things and speaking truth about Jesus we are filled with the Holy Spirit. When we avoid sin we are filled with the Holy Spirit and when we are filled with the Holy Spirit we do not sin.Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
While I can think of no direct mention in the Bible that obedience is the fruit of the Spirit, at least indirectly it is. The Bible does specifically call love the fruit of the Spirit and if we love Jesus we obey Him.John 14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.
The Bible reveals some other things that the Spirit-provided fruit of love will accomplish. Charity means love.1 Corinthians 13:4-8a: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: . . .
It is easy to understand that when we are impatient, unkind, envious, proud, misbehaving, selfish, quickly angry, plotting evil, enjoying sin, complaining, unfaithful, without hope or defeated we are not filled with the Holy Spirit. It is also easy to understand that when Christians are quenching or grieving the Holy Spirit they are not filled with Him.1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
When we are lazy or wasteful we are not filled with the Spirit. When we are not fervent and when we are not serving the Lord we are not filled with the Spirit.Proverbs 18:9: He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
Romans 12:10-11: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
When we see others doing the same things and avoiding the same things that we note in ourselves, to some extent we can know whether they are filled with the Holy Spirit or not. To some extent we can also perceive it when unbelievers are resisting Him. They always resist the Holy Spirit and are therefore never born of the Spirit, never indwelt by the Spirit and never filled with the Spirit.Acts 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
He is the Christians* teacher AND Comforter. He is in the school of hard knocks with them.John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Romans 8:26: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
What a Wonderful Holy Spirit!!!
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