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Fill Me Lord
1/16/2014

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 (NKJV)

As we read Ephesians 5:18, we can clearly see, it is God’s desire for us to be filled with the Spirit.  And God, being our Heavenly Father, will be ready to give it to us abundantly as we seek Him for this fresh filling.

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13 (NKJV)

Asking is a very important part of receiving.  In James 4:2 we are told, “you do not have because you do not ask.”  And James goes on to say, You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss,” meaning we often ask for the wrong things.  It’s like a child who continually asks for dessert instead of healthy fruits and vegetables.  God’s word is clear though, we should be asking for wisdom (James 1:5), and a fresh filling of God’s Holy Spirit each and every day. 

I think there are too many Christian men and women who are lacking the power of God’s Spirit in their lives today, simply because they have never asked.  They may not know about this available power, or they may simply forget to ask.  In 1 John 5:14-15 we are told if we ask anything according to God’s will He hears us, and if He hears us, then we have the petitions that we desired of Him.

Q:         So how should we ask God – is there a proper way?

The answer is yes, there is a proper way—we must ask in faith.  If we ask God for “anything,” we must ask it in faith, we must believe God has done it. We see this truth being given in the book of James. 

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; James 1:6-7 (NKJV)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1). We do not need to look for some sign or expect some certain feeling as proof of God granting our prayer for this fresh filling of His Spirit.  Our faith must always rest in the sure Word of God, and never in a feeling, and this is because our feelings often change, but God’s Word never does.

Another thing we should know is our fleshly bodies are not Spirit-tight containers, so we need to be refilled daily!  We eat, drink, and sleep to recharge our fleshly bodies daily, and our spiritual bodies need recharging and refreshing as well.  This happens when we read God’s Word; spend time in prayer with Him, including our petition of Him to fill us up afresh.

Having the Holy Spirit and His power within us is absolutely necessary to be effective in our Christian walk.  Walking in the flesh without the power of God’s spirit is much like walking across a vast desert with a limited amount of water; it will only take you so far before you are physically depleted.   So if I were planning on going facedown I would rather do it before God at the beginning of each day in prayer in preparation for the test that will inevitably come my way. 

I want to encourage you today to ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and equip you to do all that He has planned.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, why should we ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily?  Why should we ask in faith?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you asking God for a fresh filling of His Spirit daily?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to ask God each day for His blessing of being filled with the Holy Spirit. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, fill us today with Your Holy Spirit.  May it overflow in our lives, and may others see and hear You in us. We ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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