HOW CAN I BE FILLED
WITH THE SPIRIT?
find someone to pray with you. Someone spiritually mature
in Christ. Nonetheless, you may pray by yourself.
desire Him; Holy Spirit is not a thing or an it. Holy
Spirit is the third part in the Trinity of God, a most important
aspect of Him who created us. Throughout the Old Testament
God's Holy Spirit fell on those who where called to do His will
concerning an important task. Christ promised that all
who asked in His name will receive the Helper,
Holy Spirit, and His Gifts.
can you receive? First, you must believe in
Christ. Second, repent, turning from any area in
your life that you know is wrong, asking for forgiveness, naming
anything that might hinder all the Gifts from manifesting in
you. Third, simply ask God to pour His Holy
Spirit upon your whole existence. Forth,
pray earnestly, seeking continually the Gifts of the Spirit,
that you will be used at will by Him, growing you up to
maturity, that others may see the Fruits of the Spirit that
dwells in you.
being filled with the Spirit is not a one time event like being
Baptized. Seek a continual infilling of His Spirit.
Picture yourself as a pipe, or vessel feeding the people you come in
contact with the Fruits that come from the Gifts that made you
useable by God to do ministry in and through Christ, that others
such as yourself may also be saved into eternal life.
to know more? Read on
HOW CAN I BE FILLED
WITH THE SPIRIT?
Robbie L. Rogers
many are apprehensive... lets be real honest.... some are
really apprehensive about seeing or much less receiving
the fullness of Holy Spirits presence? Or for that matter Gods
full presence in any room where you are?
were able to publicly admit it or not, it makes us a little
uneasy... and, if youve not been filled, or have not seen many Gifts
being displayed it can be a little scary too. and if were really
honest... sometimes it scares the pants off us.
mean we have grown comfortable in our Christian walk... were not supposed to be
excited anymore... were educated professionals who hide their emotions...
Were sedate conservatives in the utmost sense.
sure sometimes things go on in our church that manifest Holy Spirits
presence... Gods Holy Power... and some of us even raise our hands...
but truth be known... were all even a little afraid to simply
raise our hands... why is that?
afraid God might call on us and say, "HEY YOU OVER IN THE CORNER...
YEAH YOU WITH YOUR HAND RAISED... THATS RIGHT... YOU! IM GOING TO
SEND YOU TO BORNEO... YOU EVER BEEN TO THE WILDS OF BORNEO? NO, ITS
NOT IN MISSISSIPPI... ITS OFF THE COAST OF AFRICA, I THINK... NO, I
KNOW WHERE I PUT IT... ITS NEXT TO AUSTRALIA.
that sort of describes some of our fears doesnt it?
are generally so bound up in the world that if Christ came back today we would call an
emergency General Convention. We would form a committee to study it,
wanting to report back next year about the findings.
enough of that. Think about this... Suppose you were a big
boiler... forget these itty bitty heat pumps like we use around
here and such. Or even one the size you might have grown up with... I
mean a really big one.
worked at a Saltwater Desalination Research Facility that used to
be next door to Edgewater Condominiums on the Gulf. We had this gigantic
monster of a boiler. When it went on the whole building sort of shook.
a guy who lived mostly in the warmer regions of the South... it was a
scary thing... and I had to light it sometimes... working on it
occasionally when it wouldnt. You shouldve seen the burners on
that thing. Like a jet engine.
suppose you were that boiler. Sometimes boilers just sit,
looking big and strange... if youve never seen or heard one or
watched it do what it does best... you would want to figure out what it
was and how it worked.
sucker I worked on was over 12 feet tall, with a smoke stack that went about
50 feet up. Anybody would be curious about what it was that it did...
and a little fearful at the same time.
depended on several things to produce its super-heated steam or its
super powerful power. What would that be?
The thing it needed,
besides water. The pilot light mostly.
Such a big thing to need
such a small thing.
What if it was not lit? The pilot light.
Thats the way we are isnt it... a powerful force that God
ordained and yet we sit dormant.
are supposed to apply scriptures to our life; and to look for signs to
know Gods guidance.
Sometimes He gets our attention with a
burning bush, but mostly we get our roots worked around and the load of
manure plopped on us.
What is the Pilot light... in this boiler were talking about?
The Holy Spirit!!! Not
only the pilot light... also the burners that stoke the power that
creates the steam... not just the burners and the pilot light but the
timer, thermostat, and the electricity that enable it to activate the
whole process they are ALL the Gifts.
you were Baptized in Christ you were given what?
The Holy Spirit.
It was part of the prayers and promises God made to you. The whole
package, and in some case that may have been enough to get the entire
boiler operation proceeding.
most of us have left it the way we found it, keeping it polished and
neat looking. Afraid of what it might do if it were to start up on its
own. We are simply a boiler without power... waiting to happen.
of us have the pilot light lit. Some have the thermostat set, or
even the timer. Some have the power running to the timer and
thermostat turning the burner on... waiting for the first burst of
powerful steam to come forth. Some even have seen some of
the power used in their life at different instances.
in their right mind wouldnt be a little fearful of unleashing the
entire thing... not without studying the manual and carefully
setting the switches and watching the gauges properly.
all want power in our life... that is if we know how to handle
now youre scaring me... Boilers blow up
sometimes," you say.
dont be scared... who is in control of the controls... the
Boiler Master... Jesus!!! And, He knows what Hes
Okay... hold that picture. The Book of Acts...
remember the Bible is made up of a bunch of books... they
sometimes call Acts "Volume I in the history of the
let us know when He instructed the disciples to wait for the Helper, He
was sending... Holy Spirit... that all could and should be filled. And
we know Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday, and
the same applies to Holy Spirit and God... doesnt
it? All who have been Baptized in the name of Christ have what?
yes eternal life.... and salvation, and much more... right... but,
remember youre a boiler in the making... what did you get when
you were Baptized with Christ... Holy Spirit... your pilot light!
Plus you got all the extras that came with it... the full works... what
you need next is letting God turn it on... right.
most of us sit there with all the potential locked up... either not
knowing or fearful to set the process in motion.
Remember who is in control... the Boiler Master... not
only is He the Boiler Master He is the Son of the Boiler Maker
and knows all there is to know about how it all works... Trust Him! Christians
receive Holy Spirit when theyre converted, right?
but," you say.
are no buts to it. When Peter and John prayed for the Samaritans, Holy
Spirit came. but Simon-the-Magician was left out. He was so impressed
he tried to buy this power (Acts 8:14-18). But, you cant...
its only given, isnt it?
who was called Saul at the time, watched, holding the garments while
others stoned Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Acts 8:1). Afterward
he began hunting down Christians in an attempt to destroy the church.
Yet, later on he received an encounter and conversion with Jesus. He
began teaching in the synagogues that "Jesus is the Son of
God" (Acts 9).
could he do that? Saul became Paul through Holy Spirits power,
which came at the same time He received Jesus into his life.
Ephesus, Paul placed his hands on people who never heard of Holy Spirit
and they began prophesying and speaking in tongues (Acts 19:1-7). With
some thats the way it is, the gifts fall on who they may...
its Gods way of doing business isnt it?
went on a remarkable journey to the home of Cornelius. He was simply
expecting to give a little talk to the Gentiles there... a real feat for
Peter for Jews and Gentiles dont mix and especially not into their
homes. He would have to wash for a week!
he barely got started... what happened? Those Gentile dogs
actually received Holy Spirit and they werent even circumcised (Acts
10:44-46). This was not what he expected... hey, they were
conservatives too... and those people not only got their pilot
lights turned on but their burners were going full blast too.
what’s a good Jew to do??? He was so flabbergasted he
couldnt go on... he was speechless... literally; but, he was too busy
can these things happen?
Luke says in Acts 2, the day Holy
Spirit officially opened up shop at Pentecost was like a heavy tropical
storm had arrived.
who live on the Gulf coast know what thats like dont we?
The power of Holy Spirit flooded the Apostles... or as one little
kindergarten kid called them the "opossums."
they were filled they heard a gale (Acts 2:2). No not a real one, but it
resembled one... Gods invisible power, His Breath... RUAH! A word meaning both wind and spirit.
people who are filled shake... like from the effects of the wind.
For others it is difficult to breathe... like facing the force of
a mighty wind.
also saw what resembled fire (Acts 2:3). Some saw it on their hands some
on parts of their body. Some felt they were glowing all over. Some felt
liquid heat... "burning in my arms when I was not hot."
Was their boiler stoked or what???
gift of tongues (often our prayer language) bless most people immeasurably... yet, it is not the
only gift we receive... or deny having. Its not even the most
may as yet not display this gift in your life; but your pilot is lit.
Many Christians, though, do not even allow to have their pilot
light lit. Some operate at the power level THEY allow Jesus
to set their thermostats at, barely allowing that.
Remember, Jesus will not do what He is not invited to do. If you do not
desire a gift... you will not receive it; or if you desire it for wrong
reasons, like Simon-the-Magician, you will not.
is this speaking in tongues anyway," you say?
its a way of praying.
I can do that now," you say. "Why do I need that stuff. Its
too weird. I dont want Holy Spirit if that weird stuff comes with it.
Ive been a Christian a long time and Ive done right nicely
without it, thank you."
dont have to if you dont want too. Thats the beauty of
it all. Holy Spirit will work with YOU however you need Him to... but whether
you like it or not He already resides in your heart, if you
received Christ into your life.
a form of prayer life that builds you up. It transcends the
limitations of the human language into that which God fully understands.
1 Corn 14:2 "For anyone who speaks in a tongues does not
speak to men but to God."
you ever been at a lost for words? 1 Corn 14:4 "For if I
pray in tongue, my spirit prays, but mind is unfruitful."
needs it!" You say. "I want to be in control. I dont need
something I cant see or understand. I mean... its like being
possessed, er something."
are three areas that being filled with the spirit will help you
directly. First in your praise and worship. A child
runs out of words until they learn more. They get frustrated and cry
because they cant communicate. As an adult we have the same emotional
problem. We long to express our love to God in our worship and praise.
were filled with the spirit and allow the spiritual gifts to operate
in our life, the boiler becomes stoked and the message springs
forth, telling Jesus the loving Master where we stand... how we
when you need to pray under pressure praying in the spirit will
help. There are times when its hard to know what to do next let alone
what or how to pray. When such times happen the pressure, anxiety or
grief can be unbearable.
you ever been in a situation that was so intense... so difficult you
couldnt pray... there were no emotions left... no words in
you. I have many times and without being able to pray in the
spirit I doubt I would have made it. At least not in the
do not have to utter a sound while praying in the spirit, if you do not
want to. Its a choice you yourself make. Holy Spirit will not take
over your will, nor your mind, nor anything else if you dont
want Him to.
Spirit enable us to express what we really feel to God. It is not
mindless... the mind is unfruitful when you pray in the spirit
because its not going through the processes, or filters you imbedded
in your mind out of your worldly experiences.
gift of tongues will enable you to pray all the way to the hospital, for
yourself and others, bringing the situation to Gods throne, filling
you with a hope and assurance that you could not know otherwise... giving
you a peace that passes all understanding.
you have not had this happen and felt such a peace during major troubles
in your life you dont know what it feels like... but I have
and I do... I would not dream denying any Gift God wants to see
operating in my life.
To me praying in the spirit is by far the most personal of all.
tried to pray in the spirit but nothing happens... nothing but my words
anyway, or silence. I guess He just doesnt think I should have
it," you say.
Hey!!! No way.
you ask God for a fish (Luke 11:11,12), what will He give you?
A SCARY SNAKE?
What will He give you???
NICE FRESH FISH (what you actually asked for)!!! Yet, He will not force His gifts on you.
You have to cooperate. You must desire them... did you know that
you can never win a race or accomplish anything with just the desire of
it... you must have the will to work for it... the determination to train diligently. To become
disciplined... a disciple.
Turumanya, from Uganda said, "You in this country say you want revival. You
have the desire for it but not the will." I fear he is
right... pray we all change our desire to will.
Luke 11 Jesus invites us to open the door, six times He askes.
(1) He says, "ASK and it will be given to you." (2) Then He says,
"SEEK and you will find." (3) Then He says, "KNOCK and the
door will open to you." (4) Then He tell us, "For everyone who ASKs receives."
are not convinced so He tell us again, "He who SEEKs
finds." (6) Then finally He tell us, "To him who KNOCKs,
the door will be opened.."
we ask for His gifts thats exactly what we shall receive.
doesnt say, "How much more will your heavenly Father give the
Holy Spirit to those who are advanced Christians."
He says, "TO THOSE WHO ASK." (Luke 11:13)
you want to be filled with the Spirit you should ask for it NOW.
If you have already been filled but lack some of the gifts ask.
receive the gift of tongues you must cooperate by opening your mouth and
starting to speak... as you would if you were a child
again make a sound... it will not make any sense to you
and may even embarrass you. Not that praying and praising God in
the spirit is not sometimes done in English or your normal language, it
in tongues will be instantly manifested in some... others require
considerable effort... why? Who knows for sure. If you find it does not
come easy to you, please dont give up. If you must, get alone, go
outside, in a room, and utter a sound. If you make a sound practice it... your new spiritual language. And if you feel you cant
make a sound, silently pray in your new spiritual language. Most likely
though unless you make a sound, you will find your spiritual
prayers less effective.
you begin you will find yourself praying in silence more often than out
loud... just like with your natural voice, as you were when a child
learning to speak. The biggest advantage to a prayer language is that you
can easily pray in tongues without ceasing.
it something you desire... it will change your life for the better, I
can promise you. Yet again I say, being Filled in the Spirit may not be
just a one-time event like being Baptized in Christ. That is
scripturally correct only one time... even if you fall away... you
simply ask for forgiveness and He forgives you. And remember the amount
of water you were Baptized with is only symbolic, it represents Christ... the Living Water... the power
is in His Name. He is the important part. receiving Him into your
life is the most important aspect of your life.
was filled in the spirit three times (Acts 2:4; 4:8,31). You can
use the analogy of a partially filled balloon. its a process... being
filled. Like being a Christian... sometimes it takes time
visualize a clear glass pitcher of potatoes. It represents a
person. Not like some of us... this person is very
transparent. The potatoes represent sinful areas in his
life. You notice I called it a him. Did you know if you
bring the father in a family to Christ that you get a 75% chance
of getting the whole family. But if you bring the mother to
Christ, you only have a 35% chance. Why is that... we dont know for
sure... I suspect though its because he causes most of problems in
the family, and the rest of the family is so grateful.
talked about how being a Christian is a process, one we cant expect
to fully accomplish over night. Yet, because this person is so
transparent you know this person is saved, its apparent
in their life... isnt it.
happens when we receive Christ? Holy Spirit comes doesnt
else can we see here? This person is operating in some of the gifts because
we can see the Christ in them... right.
you say. "But what about all those ugly potatoes in their life... dont
they effect them."
youre getting the picture. Thats the reason the boiler we
talked about sits dormant, ready to do something powerful... but,
were not willing to let much happen. Were afraid.
this person just went through prayer counseling... lets take out some
of these sinful potatoes and throw them into the abyss.
you see what is happening to the water. Theres a lot more room for
water... Holy Spirit.
have an opportunity here, dont we? This guy looks really well... so
spiritually healthy. My guess is he thinks he finally arrived...
hes a mature Christian.
do you think???
happens when we sweep out our spiritual house, leaving the door
open? Oh oh, this Christian didnt really get rid of his sins...
the ones here these potatoes.
couldnt quite do it... they seemed so innocent. "Everybody else
does it... it doesnt effect my walk with the Lord," we all
say dont we?
to Matthew 12:43-45 "Now When the unclean spirit goes
out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, but it
finds none. It then says, `I will return to my house from which I came;
and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept and put in order. Then
it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than
itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of the man
shall be worse than the first."
could keep this up all night... putting in potatoes... Taking out
potatoes and so on; but we wont.
where are you? Are you a boiler in progress? Or still full of
do you want for your life... Spiritual gifts? Ask and
ye shall receive. You can do that... or you can refuse and put
it off... Its your choice.
myself want to continue to be filled to the top.
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