Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

It is fun to read stories in the Bible about people who did amazing things, things way beyond what most do. Guys like Samson, David, David’s mighty men, Gideon, Joshua, and a number of others. How were they able to do these super human exploits? The answer is by God’s strength supplied by the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. We are commanded to “walk in the Spirit,” “to be filled with the Spirit,” “to be Spiritual” as apposed to carnal, “to be led by the Spirit,” and to be submissive to the Spirit.” One of my favorite passages of scripture is in Galatians where Paul says, “walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.”

We are repeatedly commanded in the New Testament to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Looking around our churches at the lives of people it doesn’t seem like there are very many who have much power. Why? Because they don’t accurately know how to live and walk in the Holy Spirit, the source of God’s power, so the big question is, how do we let the Holy Spirit work in us. A key I’m convinced is found in Ephesians 5:18-20, which says, “be filled with the Spirit, 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”

The key is God-focused worship. Notice five points in these three verses. (1) The worship is Corporate, with others, (2) singing is central, (3) the emphasis is more on our heart singing than our mouth. However, it is evident that others hear our audible voice, (4) we are singing with each other to the Lord, God is the audience, (5) our corporate worship extends to “always” and “all things, great corporate worship leads to an all the time attitude of Thanksgiving. The result of this proper worship is that we will be filled with the Spirit, and live our lives with power.

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