Tuesday, January 12, 2016

You Can Be Filled with the Holy Spirit!




It is God’s will for every believer (including you) to be filled with the Holy Spirit. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is...be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:17‑18). This means it is God’s will for you to be filled with the Spirit.


You can ask with complete confidence for God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Know that it is His will for you to have the gift of the Spirit. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us‑‑whatever we ask‑‑we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14‑15). 
You do not have to beg for the Holy Spirit, but you do need to specifically ask."So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:9‑13). The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, he will not force Himself upon you, He will only enter your life at your invitation.
           
How can you tell if someone is full of the Spirit of God? Jesus said, “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:20). What are the fruit of the Spirit? “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self‑control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22‑23). I believe that when you find a believer who has all these fruits manifested in his life, you have found someone who is full of the Spirit of God.   

This is an excerpt from Daniel King's book, "Welcome to the Kingdom." Over 600,000 copies are in print. Get your copy by clicking HERE.