Eph. 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
Eph. 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
God never intended the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, and the resulting manifestation of divine power, in the Christian’s life, to be an optional accessory to salvation. We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit. The new birth in Christ affects our position with God, and transforms our darkened spirit. Paul refers to it as becoming a new creation.
2 Cor. 5:17 (Amp. Bible) Therefore if any person is [engrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!
While the new birth addresses our relationship with God, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit deals with equipping the new believer for service to God, in the harvest fields of the world.
Acts 1:8 (Amp. Bible) But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.
This command to be filled with the Spirit is meant to restore two conditions, imposed upon man by sin: Emptiness and Silence.
Man is designed for fullness and overflow. Everything about our engineering indicates that God, fashioning us in His image and likeness, intended man to be His Command & Control center in the earth. Implicit in God’s inaugural charge to man, is the idea of fullness, outflow and overflow
Gen. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, andmultiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
But with sin, comes separation from God, and mans soul is gutted. By choosing knowledge and independence from God, man quickly finds out that his sense of fullness and confidence has left him. He’s now plagued by an inner gnawing hunger that no amount of material acquisition or accumulation of friends, can fill. Separated from God, he’s like a fish out of water, gasping franticly until death comes. In the succeeding generations, man has no memory of the days when Adam walked the earth, full and satisfied. Every generation of man embraces emptiness as the human norm. Yet emptiness, with its resulting hunger, is a curse a corruption of our nature, that leaves us sucking wind, with a sieve for a soul.
Isa. 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreams, and, behold, he eats; but he awakens, and his soul is empty:
So Jesus has to command us to be filled with the Spirit, before attempting to take up the mantle of our ministry. We are so use to emptiness so use to consuming knowledge without filling our souls that the disciples are ready to go preach the moment they get the right message. It’s no wonder that the Church today is so willing to send empty believers, armed with Truth, into an empty world shrouded in deceit. Fullness is something weve never know.
We are use to laboring on an empty stomach!
Isa. 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.
But if were going to truly fulfill our calling we have to recognize the natural tendency of man to be willing to labor with knowledge only. After all, it was with knowledge that we replaced our relationship with God. Were use to emptiness. Even Christians think very little about running on empty. In many Christian circles, it’s considered emotionalism, to be concerned with the fullness of the Spirit; as though the tough, hardcore, dedicated Christian ought to be like a camel, able to go great distances in the desert, without water. It is so wrong that we consider laboring without the fullness of the Spirit, as a measure of dedication, when its really a measure of disobedience! But Jesus has the right vision of us. He sees us the way were suppose to be: dispensers of His Spirit, bearing His anointing, laboring with His power.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Laboring on empty is proof of nothing more than foolishness. Jesus intends for Christians to minister out of their fullness, not emptiness. And there’s only one substance with which man may fill his spirit, from which living waters will flow. And that is the Holy Spirit. Christians need to return to the Upper Room experienceof daily filling, through which Jesus will introduce Himself to the world.Instead of going to counselors, pastors and friends, to satisfy our emptiness, lets go to Jesus and ask Him to fill us with the Holy Spirit. Friends, pastors and counselors may be able to tell you how to feel about your emptiness, but only the Holy Spirit can solve the problem, and restore you to God’s intention, for which you were designed: Filling and Overflow. You, filled with the Holy Spirit, are the witness of Jesus that the world needs to see!
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