“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
-To walk with God, we must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
-So we must be Spirit-filled Christians to walk with God.
-The Holy Spirit is the Person who Jesus said is to teach us, help us to pray, comfort and strengthen us.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
-You have all of God, but God does not have all of you.
“Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?”
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
-You have all of God, but God does not have all of you.
-He lives within your body, the temple of God, but He does not have complete access to all of you until you invite Him.
1 Cor 6:19-20
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
-To be filled with the Holy Spirit, you must ask.
“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”
-So all I have to do is ASK? Yes!
-So then why am I not always filled?
-Two reasons found in James 4:2-3
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.” —#1 Reason
“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” —#2 Reason
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
-So God gives us a recipe to prepare our hearts to be filled by faith in His goodness and in obedience to His Word. Eph 5:18-21
Verse 18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
– This is a command to be filled with the Spirit daily to the same degree, as a drunken man who doesn’t know or realize what he is doing.
Verse 19: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
– We are to speak / read Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs out loud, then sing and make melody to the Lord to prepare our heart to give thanks.
Verse 20” “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;”
– We are to give thanks for everything, whether we think it is good or bad.
-This daily activates our faith in the goodness of God.
-Regardless of circumstances, God is good and will work all things together for good, which in turn will be good for us. Rom. 8:28
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
-You cannot truly thank God for tragedies unless you first do the step in Eph. 5:19 which reminds you of God’s goodness, regardless of circumstances and tunes or focuses your heart to give Him the thanks, praise and worship He deserves.
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit.”
Eph 5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
–Finally, to prepare our heart for God to fill us, we must submit ourselves, first to Him; then to those we are to serve as unto our Lord. Col 3:23
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
-Romans 6:13 & 19 teaches us to submit / yield our body parts to Him. To be filled, we must first be empty.
-Yield your eyes, ears, nose, lips, tongue, mind, hands, feet and heart to do His will, to think His thoughts, see through His eyes and say the words He would say.
-Ask him to make you a good servant, husband or wife, son or daughter, student or employee.
-Ask Him, based on faith in His goodness, to fill you with the Holy Spirit so you can walk with Him as
Amos 3:3 says, and glorify Him with your life today.
-You need to be filled first thing in the morning, and then several times a day, seven times a day to be complete in everything.
-For victory over a stubborn will or an overwhelmed will which is the flesh, seven times is best.
-This must be renewed daily Eph.4:23, 2 Cor.4:16.
Pastor Jim Gelhausen
Central Baptist Church