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Devotional - week of March 23, 2014


KEEP ON BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.  Ephesians 5:18

Our last devotional was on the theme, “Experiencing the Holy Spirit.” It was the first of a series of devotionals on the theme of “The Holy Spirit.”

The reason for the series is to emphasize the part the Holy Spirit plays in living the Christian life. Scripture teaches that The Holy Spirit is our resource for living out the New Covenant which is living by grace. Yet, seemingly few sermons are preached when there is reference to living out the sermon’s commands in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The reason that this devotional is titled “Keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit” is because that is correct translation of the passage in Ephesians.  

At conversion, the Holy Spirit became one with our spirits. He came to stay. For a period, God sovereignly permits the new believer to be filled with the Spirit. After a time, the flesh comes back into power to make it impossible for the convert to continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Most, if not all, spiritual leaders of groups have had the experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit at times when ministering to others. Yet the filling of the Holy Spirit lasted only as long as that particular ministry lasted. So how can one continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit? The answer to this question begins with Galatians5:17.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

As long as the flesh is in opposition to the Holy Spirit in our lives, we cannot continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:24 adds, “And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” One must continue to experience the crucifixion of the flesh resulting in one being filled with the Spirit. We continue to experience the crucifixion of the flesh by continuing to obey the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 listed below.  

                                                                 THE FIVE COMMANDS 

1  Believe              Romans 6:11           Reckon (believe) yourselves to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2  Choose              Romans 6:12           Do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lust.

3  Choose              Romans 6:13a         Do not present your members (body) as instruments of  unrighteousness to sin.

4  Choose & Believe  Romans 6:13b    Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead.

5  Choose              Romans 6:13c          (Present) your members (body) as instruments of righteousness to God.