If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” – Jesus (John 7:37-38)
Jesus used the term living water in John 4:10 to symbolize eternal life. Living water in 7:38 (above) refers to the Holy Spirit. Wherever the Holy Spirit is accepted, Jesus brings eternal life. (Related post: Thirsty?)
This summary caps my final review of the Spirit’s filling, taken from the following key verse:
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery [wickedness]. Instead be filled with the Spirit.” – Ephesians 5:18
The Apostle Paul contrasts the effects of alcohol here—associated with selfish desires and the old way of life—as a temporary high to being controlled by The Holy Spirit, which results in lasting joy.
Although I’ve sensed the Holy Spirit’s presence and power in church services and in my own life, I haven’t dwelt on the following question until recently.
How Does The Holy Spirit Fill Us?
God’s ways can’t be pinned down to formulas, but He doesn’t leave us clueless either. Tony Evans suggests that Paul’s following remarks in Ephesians 5:19-21 explain the process of the Spirit’s filling:
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord: always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.”
(Paul also urges us to hold our own private worship services, Romans 12:1.)
How does this practically relate to Christians?
- Communicate with one another: Christians should regularly reinforce—and be reinforced by others—to keep our focus on Christ and stay on track spiritually (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Communicate with the Lord: Pray . . . . Pray . . . . Pray (John 16:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Give thanks: for everything in Jesus’ name (Ephesians 5:20; I Thessalonians 5:17)
- Be subject to one another: This doesn’t mean the demeaning, subservient thing defined in many circles. But rather, reflecting the servant spirit Jesus beautifully demonstrated.
I don’t know about you, but in comparison to an inflated balloon when filled by the Holy Spirit, I admit—I rapidly deflate at times—spinning wildly before crashing to the ground (especially before my morning cup of coffee, or after too many cups!) Maybe that’s why we’re told to consistently meet together and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25). I for one need this!
Results of The Holy Spirit’s Filling
In Christ—when controlled by the Holy Spirit—we have a higher and longer lasting remedy to depression, tension, or boredom. When filled, we benefit from the following results:
- Christlikeness: (Romans 8:5; Galations 5:22, 23)
- Help: in daily problems and in our praying (Romans 8:26, 27)
- Empowerment: to freely serve God and carry out His will (2 Corinthians 3:17; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6)
The Spirit’s filling brings peace and life (Galations 5:16-23). The quantity and frequency of submitting ourselves to the Spirit’s control directly relates to our spiritual growth. (Related post: Training or Trying)
God loves you! Come to Him right where you are . . . . I was blessed by Steve Rebus’ testimony. Here is a link to his page: http://steverebus.com/about/.
- The Holy Spirit – A Purposeful Person (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit In the Believer (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit’s Filling – Part 1 (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit’s Filling – Part 2 (kdmanestreet.wordpress.com)
- Fill Me Up (jaimegabardi.wordpress.com)
- The Holy Spirit (fayannswearing.wordpress.com)
- Before the Cross VI (Reformat) (darylgstewart.net)
- What is the Anointing of the Holy Spirit? (christianity201.wordpress.com)
- Dealing With Anger, Rage and Frustration (yolandaberry.wordpress.com)
KD, Excellent and inspiring post! Thank you for your encouragement shared through your wonderful blog and comments–God Bless, luke
Thanks for visiting and for your comment, Luke. I really appreciate it! Blessings, K.D.
Amen. As a sister in Christ, I commend you for using a spiritual gift of communication to spread the good news of God and helping Christians continue in their walk with Our Lord Jesus Christ. I look forward to learning from someone much more wise through your blogging. Have a wonderful Friday!
Hi Jaime, thank you for your kind words. Your post, “Fill Me Up,” was insightful and encouraging as well. Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading more! Happy Friday to you!
Hello KD. I wanna also thank you for allowing the Spirit of God to work in you and then thru you for the benefit of others according to 1Tim4:14-16 pattern (that is, you discover your gift, you develop it, and then you serve it to others)
I have been pondering this subject for a long time and always felt that there is more to the subject of being filled with the Holy Spirit.
I have received quite a number of precious insights from your 3 articles. I will surely read more and save your site as a favorite to share with others. (In fact I just did 🙂
I have been encouraged to actually seriously consider starting my own blog to share what the Lord is teaching me.
God bless you richly.
Hi Alex, thank you so much for your comment! It’s such a blessing to hear of God using something He is teaching me from His Word and reputable teachers to help another. I encourage you to start your own blog about your Christian journey. I consider this blog part of my calling. It has been a lot of work, but definitely worth the time and effort. I’ve been amazed at how much God has taught and met me through this process.
Many blessings to you!