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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)

Real Witness

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.” (Micah 3:8-10)

Your real Christian witness flows from somewhere deeper than your voice. The Prophet Micah attributed the power of his ministry to the Spirit of the Lord. Our power comes from the same source! Out of the belly of a man; filled with the Holy Spirit, rises a testimony of truth and power (Jn. 7:37-39).

You are more than your story – You are His-story!

We cannot stand on our own righteousness… it is Christ in us that speaks of better things than what people see or hear. Indeed, were we to find ourselves reliant upon our strength, our wisdom or our charm, we would find no hope against the onslaught of this world’s trouble. But we are not at all in the clutches of impending doom… for we are not our own. We live as Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). We have been purchased by a blood as pure and holy as the whitest snow (Eph 1:7). We have been offered freedom’s highest position (Eph. 2:6). And we have a voice within ourselves that comes streaming forth like a rushing waterfall (Phil. 4:13). Christ has become our strength, our wisdom and our witness, because He is our peace… our focus and our joy. He is our Righteousness!

The Mystery: Its “Christ in you, the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27)

Jesus told His followers they would receive power to witness about Him when the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts. 1:8). You can’t witness effectively by relying on your own strength, because fear will keep you from speaking out for God. You can’t witness effectively by choosing the best sermons or knowing the right words to say. You are not smart enough to outwit the devil. You cannot witness effectively by creating the best atmosphere or offering the most attractive invitation. Only by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit can you live and witness for Him! But with that power comes the promise that signs and wonders will follow those who believe (Mk. 16:17).

“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:6-8)

This is the witness we have in Christ: “That if God be for us, who can stand against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

Amazing Riches

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior they are instantly enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ. They are complete in Him (Col 2:10) and connected to the amazing riches found in Him. This idea of being “in Christ” is the key reality toward discovering the “relational path” that leads to God’s amazing riches. Freedom, fruitfulness, wisdom, peace and joy all come as precious treasures accessed through our posture in Christ. Our greatest needs can be met and our deepest thirst satisfied, but we must access the riches of Heaven through living in Christ.

Its so simple, many miss it.

Becoming a Child of God is a beautiful gift; but, because it is freely given, it is often taken for granted or misunderstood as some religious formula. Access to the relational blessings of God requires us to place our trust in the finished work of Calvary and then follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

When God raised Jesus from the grave, He was demonstrated His power over sin and death… defeating these enemies once and for all. God proved His power over the poverty that was released through sinful acts of rebellion that brought brokenness into God’s original plan for creation. Although everything was effected by sin, God has made a path that leads to restoration and recovery of all that has been lost. Sin has been defeated and in Christ, forgiveness and freedom have been made available through our walk in the Spirit. Did you catch that? Its through our walking in the Holy Spirit that we access the riches found in God’s gift of salvation. The Bible clearly says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1).

The Believer’s walk in the Spirit:

For the many Christians who live without victory over sin, poverty, fear and brokenness; I want to suggest they look deeply at their walk in the Spirit. Jesus makes it clear that it was better that He go away, because the Holy Spirit would offer a greater opportunity for accessing the things of God, than He was able to in His bodily form. The Holy Spirit would reveal the riches of God’s power and make them available as we move freely in faith and trust. Accessing the riches of our salvation is all about the Spirit, filling us and leading us into growing relationship with God. Our victory and satisfaction come out of this blessed relationship.

Life in the Spirit reveals Blessing:

The Apostle Paul refers to this blessing as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). Unfathomable means “past finding out” or ”unsearchable”. The idea is that the believer’s blessing is too deep to be measured. The amazing riches in Christ are beyond our ability to wrap our minds around. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful reality to experience… more blessing than you could wrap your mind around? When we begin to live as Children of God, we become aware of the amazing riches beyond our natural imagination… riches revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and made available as we live by faith. Listen to this promise from the heart of God, your Father…

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isa. 61:7)

  1. Instead of shame… receive your double honor!
  2. Instead of confusion… receive your double portion!
  3. Instead of poverty… receive double your possessions!

God’s amazing riches are your supernatural inheritance… in Christ!

Flourishing

“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the House of the Lord, they will flourish in the Courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; He is My Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him!’” (Psa. 92:12-15)

What does it mean to flourish “like a palm tree”? The Psalmist is speaking of a tree called the date palm. There are 5 powerful lessons from this palm tree that encourage us to become all God has called us to be. Today it really is our choice, we can flourish and be blessed… and show forth the praises of God even to the end of our natural life.

1. Remaining Strong:

The palm tree grew to a great height, up to 75 feet tall or 23 meters, reaching ages of 100-200 years. The promise of remaining strong all of our days is God’s will for us, because we walk by faith and not sight… by supernatural strength rather than natural energy.

2. Abundant Fruitfulness:

Throughout its life, the fruit of the date palm produced every year, and in great abundance. The fruit was released in clusters and with exceptional taste. This is God’s plan for the Believer; fruitful and consistent, so the unbelieving heart will see the abundant lifestyle. We are Blessed in the Beloved (Eph. 1:3-6)!

“I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5)

3. Nothing Wasted:

An amazing fact about the date palm is that every part of it was useful. The palm leaves were used to cover homes and as material for fences. They were also useful for making baskets and other items. Even the seeds, when ground, produced food for camels. The richness of God’s resources; as it flows from the Child of God, is an inheritance that is both complete and enduring. Nothing passes into our lives that God would want to see wasted, because His creative nature is to redeem and uncover the “glory” within.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

4. A Testimony of Praise:

The palm represented praise, victory and salvation. As a Believer, we are known from the platforms of our testimony. We overcome the devil by it, advance in the Kingdom with it and stand against our enemies for it… the testimony of the believing heart is praise! We shall praise the Lord no matter what and no matter when, for when God is on our side there is always victory and peace within our hearts. Peace is the Jewish word “Shalome” which means “nothing missing, nothing broken”.

  • Palm trees were a symbol of peace - the establishment of “Shalome”.
  • Palm trees were carved into the temple décor (1 Kings 6:29)
  • Palm branches were used in the feast of Tabernacles (Lev 23:40)
  • Palm leaves were thrown upon the ground in front of Jesus as He rode into Jerusalem. (Jn 12:13)
  • In Revelation, the great multitude of people saved from every nation wear white robes and hold palm branches in their hands. (Rev 7:9)

5. Planted in the House:

In the New Testament context, being planted in the House of God speaks of being firmly established in Christian community, in spiritual fellowship. We flourish, not in isolation, but together. As God’s People we are called to live in the cluster, where the fellowship is sweetest (Isa. 65:8). God tells us there is blessing in it.

“not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  (Heb. 10:25)

Emphasis: Strong and Fragrant like the Cedar

The psalmist also describes God’s People as the cedar; a tall, evergreen tree that produced a fragrant gummy sap. Its wood was strong and long lasting, so it had many uses, including furniture and ship masts. Due to its qualities, cedar wood was used in the construction of the temple.

We can joyfully embrace the power of God’s illustrated language. He describes our strength; and when we read what God has declared in His Word, we feel equipped to become more! To flourish like the palm tree or like the cedar built into a temple. We have the privilege of being used by our Father to help build His Church and establish His Kingdom. And to remain strong where He has placed us throughout our lives… flourishing!

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does shall prosper.”  (Psa. 1:3)

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