There are eleven verses in the New Testament that refer to this amazing opportunity we have through the indwelling Holy Spirit – to be filled by Him. These references appear in Luke, Acts, Romans and Ephesians. Sadly, this is a truth that is misunderstood, and in some cases, not even believed. Yet, it was clearly declared by Jesus in John 14 to 16, and then fulfilled in the Book of Acts through the New Testament Church.
I came across a quote from A. W. Tozer that I want to pass on to you for careful consideration.
“You must…be satisfied that this is nothing added or extra. The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.
You must be satisfied that it is not abnormal. I admit that it is unusual, because there are so few people who walk in the light of it or enjoy it, but it is not abnormal. This is unusual only because our spiritual lives are so wretchedly sick and so far down from where they should be.” (1)
Paul was concerned for the Galatians. “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (3:3). For Paul, this was not impossible! They received the Gospel and the Spirit when they believed, and now it was his longing that they live in that freedom and power. The solution to spiritual struggle is found in Chapter 5; “walk by the Spirit…be led by the Spirit…live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (5:16, 18, 25). This should be the ‘normal’ Christian’s experience – filled with the Spirit.
(1) How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, Moody Publishers, 1952, pages 41-42.
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