Saturday, November 17, 2012

Be filled with the Holy Spirit

Be filled with the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:7,  Acts 2:3, 4, 11, 26, 10:46, 19:6, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 12:30, 14:2-39, Philippians 2:11.
1 Corinthians 12:7
"But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:"
Can you imagine what it might have been like on the Day of Pentecost? Hearing a rushing wind, you look around to see tongues of fire upon each person assembled with you. Then as soon as you're filled with God's Spirit you begin speaking in other languages. As incredible as it all sounds, imagine what it might have been like hours before. Many of these men and women had seen or heard Jesus and knew of His resurrection. They also were aware of His great commission and were probably wondering how in the world they were supposed to go into all the world and share the Gospel. After all, they were a small group and it was a big world.
The good news is that God did not leave them there to strive in vain. They were not going to have to rely on their own strength to accomplish what Jesus had instructed them to do. In obedience to Christ, those men and women waited for the Helper, who came to them in power. Friend, that same Helper is available to you today. He is the Holy Spirit. When we ask Him to fill us with His Spirit, He will. Without Him, we'll find our efforts fall short, but when we are filled with His power, our lives can change the world.
Life Lesson: We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit to be witnesses, spread the Word and do the work of the ministry.
Dear God,
Thank You for Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. I also thank You for the Helper Whom You have sent to equip me. Lord, today I pray that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I can be strengthened and empowered to serve You. Give me an opportunity to share Your love and Your Word with this hurting world. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
My Comments: I remember a few days after I asked Jesus to be the Lord of my life, I was listening to a TV evangelist (not something I did very often and still do not like to as most are just out for money) and there was a number on the bottom of the screen saying, "If you want to receive the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues then call this number..."  So not knowing any better, I did. I did not know that when I asked Jesus to make me His that I had received the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues was a gift only God gives. We do not cause it to happen and if something happens after that type of pushing to the Lord, we are not receiving a gift from the Lord. And if not from the Lord who is it from? Read the story of the filling of the Holy Spirit as the Apostles and others waited on the Lord to send His Spirit. They did not pray for a filling, they did not even ask for it. They prayed for God's will and they waited as the Lord had told them to do. We pray and wait on His will and received His gifts when He chooses and we use them as He determines.
We are all filled with His Spirit when we accept the free gift of righteousness from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Then the Spirit teaches us and guides us. He fills us with whatever gifts we need to fulfill our purpose which God the Father has determined is our purpose. And that purpose when we are fulfilling it will glorify God and help others in their walk with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Here are some verses you might enjoy reading:  Acts 2:3, 4, 11, 26, 10:46, 19:6, 1 Corinthians12:10, 12:30, 14:2-39, Philippians 2:11.

These all speak to what we have been talking about and if you haven't read them before they will edify your mind and bring understanding to your heart. Hopefully they will bring a peace to you as well.

Abba Father, we come before You with prayer and supplication for Your will and understanding for our hearts and minds. May we be filled with the gifts You determine we should have.  Guide us, through Your Holy Spirit, so we use the gifts You gift us with for Your purpose, glory and honor. Thank You Abba Father for whatever gifts You have given us. We praise You and glorify Your Holy names. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. You have saved us and that gives us complete joy even in the hard times that do and will come into our lives. May we be a blessing to others and live our lives to glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen

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