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Filled Anew!

Here are a few guidelines to answer the question, “How can I be filled anew with the Holy Spirit?”

Ask & Receive: (Lk. 12:23-32)

Confession & Reflection:

As David… “Lord, search me… try my heart and see if there is wickedness in me!” (Ps. 139:23-24)

As the Early Church… “Lord look upon their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word.” (Acts 4:29)

Let God, the Redeemer and Master of your Soul; go deep into your heart to search you and show you anything… hindering motives, attitudes, sins or failures in your life. Then confess them to God! He is loving and kind and will forgive and renew a right spirit within you. (1 John 1:9-10; Jms. 4:8) Confession will bring cleansing and will restore you to fellowship in His Glory.

Follow up with these next four steps so you will see the patterns that enable you to stay filled… Never be “empty” again!

1) Renounce the deeds of darkness:

Renounce anything of darkness; any sins or bad habits or false loves, selfish ambitions, and evil desires:
Romans 6:11-13; Col 3:5, 8

2) Make restitution for transgressions against others:

If you have done wrong, make it right if at all possible… as soon as possible!

  • Mend broken relationships
  • Repay what you owe
  • Apologize if you have offended (Mt. 5:23-24)
  • Forgive quickly – those who have done wrong to you (Mt. 6:12)

3) Walk humble, surrendered and yielded to the Holy Spirit:

Surrender everything you have and are to the Savior – Jesus is the Lord of your life!

  • Give every part of your body and every area of your life to Him – Become a living sacrifice! (Rom. 12:1-2)
  • Recognize and meditate upon whose you are – Establishing your identity in Christ! (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
  • Find you purpose in fellowship with the Holy Spirit! (Jn. 16:7-15)

4) Walk in faith, by faith & with faith:

Move ahead, trusting the Father to enable you to live for His purpose and in His Glory. (2 Cor. 4:6 & 5:7) (Gal. 2:20 & 5:6) (Eph. 1:17-23 & 5:8-10)

Wait upon the Lord as the first order of your life: (Acts 13:2)

When we are refilled, the work of the Holy Spirit will go deeper in our lives, taking us forward in the light and life of God (Col. 1:9-(1 Jn. 1:5-7). It must be emphasized that the infilling of the Holy Spirit is not given just for the sake of our experience… but to advance God’s Kingdom in the Earth! The Spirit fills us so that our lives might be effective and compelling evidence for His Glorious Name! When we are filled, we may or may not have strong feelings inside, but we will become His witnesses in our environment (Acts 1:8). Sometimes there may be little feeling at all – only a sense of trusting the Master as Lord… but there may be a great sense of relief, renewal and joy (1 Pe. 1:6-8). Some believers have an indescribable experience in the Spirit, overpowering and flooding them from head to toe. Others find the peace of God increasing as they move forward believing and trusting in the anointing God has promised in His Word. But, what we must recognize… it is always a faith activity that releases fruitfulness and power beyond our natural ability; and strengthens the inner man!

  • The filling of the Spirit usually produces a deep sense of embrace, followed by a spirit of praise! (Heb. 13:15)
  • It rekindles our love for God as “Father” and gives us a deep compulsion to tell people of our Savior’s love! (Acts 4:20)
  • As we walk in the Spirit, the evidence of the Spirit’s work will be seen in our lives! (2 Cor. 3:1-3)

Remind yourself… being filled with the Holy Spirit is the Command of God! (Lk. 24:49) (Eph. 5:15-18)

Vitality of Words

Is there anything “normal” about the spiritual realm?

The Kingdom of God should feel normal to the believing heart! Yet, when measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. One law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

God sustains all things by using words!

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

Fueled by Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:13)

OK, Spirit Filled Believer - the time to evaluate your trust level is now! Joy and peace are the evidence of a healthy faith in God. Its time to get honest and recognize the difference between busy energy and the power of the Holy Spirit. One gives temporary relief, while the other fuels us with the supernatural power of hope. The God of hope wants to fill you up so completely that you overflow with hope!

A Fueling Station:

This is the stuff we talk about endlessly in our Christian huddles, but cannot find when the going gets tough. Remind yourself today that this kind of fruitful lifestyle gets into our lives by pulling upon the power of the Holy Spirit. God has given us a fueling station to plug our hearts into. You cannot work it up or prop it up with flattering words… its only gonna come from soaking in the Presence of the Holy Spirit. You will need some time with God.

Soaking in His Presence:

Emerse yourself in His love and awaken your perception to the flow of mercy and grace from the spiritual realm. Praise God for His kindness to forgive you of your sin and let go of all your concerns about measuring up to some arbitrary standard. Just let it go for a moment and see how different it feels to be accepted without performance… without trying, doing or being anything but yourself. Let God have you, not your sacrifice, service or plans.

God Loves… You!

You are who God loves, completely and unconditionally. Take that in for a moment and let it settle on the busy-ness of your mind. Wait… just wait for a moment until that thought of “God loving you”, gets past your mind and settles your heart. Can you sense God’s heart toward you? You see our greatest challenge is not that we cannot receive the Lord’s discipline, its that we so easily forget how deeply He loves and accepts us as His Child (Heb 12:3-8). That is where the hope is.

Our Father:

The hope is in the fact that He is on our side and will deliver us from all harm. He covers and comforts, watches and waits on us; He listens and comes closer than the breath that we breathe… because He truly is the God of Hope. He is our Father, the defender of the weak and the healer of the broken and His delight is to fuel our lives with hope.

Carrying Glory

“And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day. David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?” So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.” (1 Chro. 13:11-14)

It was quite a shock… as King David comes to recognize that the Glory of the Lord cannot be handled with a casual attitude. Everything seemed to be going great until the ox stumbles, causing it to shift on the new cart. That’s when a man named Uzzah reaches out to stabilize the ark. And as he touched it, God’s wrath pours from the ark killing Uzzah and ruining the day. The event was tragic… and the blood was on King David’s hands. This was his first official activity designed to celebrate God’s choice of him as king and his unique leadership over Jerusalem as well as the Nation of Israel. The people knew he was a great warrior, but leading a nation required additional skills… like humility and a sense of stewardship. This parade included thousands of soldiers, leaders from all parts of the country, and months of planning. When you realize what a public embarrassment and significant failure this event was, we understand why the Scripture says “David was angry”.

Yet, after three months of David’s discouragement, he learns about the blessing of God resting upon the house of Obed-Edom. This was where the ark was left when the journey was delayed. It was in these days that David began to truly grasp the value of the Glory of God. As a man after God’s heart, he made some foolish mistakes. His second attempt to bring the ark into Jerusalem reveals some important principles for carrying the Glory. Now, he would take a different approach to accomplish a task in which he felt a more humble sense of destiny and passion to complete.

1st. Obey God’s Word:

The first principle of carrying the Glory of God and overcoming failure is to submit to Scripture. After failing to bring the ark to Jerusalem, David researched the Scriptures to discover the specific instructions for transporting the ark (1 Chro. 15:1-2). This revelation has enormous application for New Testament believers. What does God require of the born again, Spirit-filled believer in order that there is a sense of humility and stewardship… that we obey God’s Word!

2nd. Be Sensitive to God’s Purpose:

At the first effort, David was dressed as a king, because he wanted to display his military exploits. By the time of the second attempt, David grew in his knowledge of the Glory, at the cost of one of his soldiers lives. God requires humility before He allows us to have access to His Glory. So the king of Israel refused to wear the royal garments. Instead he wore the same linen garment as a common priest. The second journey was all about God, and less about David!

Scholars believe Psalm 24 was sung as the ark was being brought into the city. It asks the question, “Who is the King of Glory?” The answer illustrates the effort to move all attention away from King David and give praise to Almighty God. “Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty. The Lord mighty in battle” (Ps. 24:8) and again “Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts. He is the King of Glory!” (Ps. 24:10). To carry the Glory of God, we must treat the sacred with reverent sensitivity and walk in an awareness of who the King of Glory really is.

3rd. Sanctify Your Heart:

Part of being sensitive to the heart of God is preparing yourself through the renewal of your mind (Rom. 12:1-2) or sanctification, which means to be made holy or set apart for divine purpose. The Bible describes David’s exhortation, and it was for the priests to “consecrate themselves” in preparation for carrying the ark of God (1 Chro. 15:12-15). As New Testament priests we must also allow God to cleanse us and sanctify ourselves daily, so that His Glory will manifest in our lives. The Bible says if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn. 1:9-10), so that we will have the hope of walking in His Glory (Rom. 5:1-2). The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to cleanse himself to be a vessel of honor, made holy, useful to the master and equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 2:21).

Powerful Words of Jesus:

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.” (Jn. 16:1)

Clearly, it was the desire of the Lord, Himself that we would not stumble in our effort to walk in the Glory of God. Yet Glory is not freely given… it must be stewarded and maintained as our life is being transformed. In other words, it will increase as we will grow in our ability to carry the “weight” of the Glory of God (2 Cor. 4:6 & 16-18). The more you behold His Glory, the more you will grow and be able to carry. We are told, “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18). Scripture also explains that it is “Christ in you” that is “the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27).

Today if we will hear His voice – He is calling us to carry the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord to the nations! (Hab. 2:14)

Resurrected Love

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

  • He emptied Himself, to fill us with His life! (Jn 10:9-11)
  • He emptied His cross, to fill us with His joy! (Jn 16:22-24)
  • He emptied His tomb, to fill us with His Spirit! (Jn 20:19-23)

Someone once said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the single act in history that separates Christianity from every other religion, every other philosophy, and every other belief system!”

The Light of Resurrected Love:

If you wonder why the resurrection matters so much, its because of love… the Father’s Love. Supernatural and unconditional; its the love of God that stands out as central to our understanding of Easter. Nothing can fill the human heart like love. It is the light that sets us free! God so loved the world… that He gave His only begotten Son!

Changing the World:

God placed His Son into a process that would change the world and its inhabitants forever. Jesus spoke from the cross, ”Father, forgive them”! yet He spoke in the resurrection “Father, come fill them”! With the grave behind Him He breathed spiritual life into them. Its true we have no knowledge of what our sins have done, but we are growing everyday with an awareness of our freedom from the power of Satan’s grip. Jesus emptied the tomb to fill us with the love of God… the breath that would transform our lives. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the freedom to dream God’s dream and live fully captured by His resurrected love.

Hallelujah! He is Alive in Us!

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