Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Be Filled with the Spirit

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

23rd May 2010

I used to think that being filled with the Spirit was like the filling of a glass with water, but really it’s not speaking about an amount of the Spirit but being controlled by the Spirit. It means to allow the Holy Spirit to have absolute control of our lives in every respect.

When we are filled with, controlled by the Holy Spirit, we live in a different way, and it’s the kind of living that God wants of all believers.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity because living the Christian life is not just difficult, it’s impossible to do on our own. I know because I’ve tried to live the Christian life in my own strength, and all too often, still try to do so, but believe me, it is impossible.

The Day of Pentecost reminds us of some good news. God has given us a power that is resident within us, and that power can give us the strength to live the life we could never live on our own. It is not about trying harder; it is about coming to the place where we surrender to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

So how can we be filled with the Spirit of God? How can we surrender to Him?

Well first of all we need to have the desire to be completely filled by Him.

Too many Christians have closed off major areas of their lives, areas where God is not welcome. He lives within them, but He does not control them. The Holy Spirit is to be more than just resident in our lives.

If we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we must desire to be filled. The Bible calls this desire a thirst.

‘On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified’. (John 7:37-39)

Then, if we desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we need to search our hearts and ask God to show us areas of sin, habits, relationships, words, and thoughts that are disrupting our Christian walk.

To be controlled by the Holy Spirit means we have to confess and denounce the sin in our lives.

As Paul says,

‘Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God’. (2 Corinthians 7:1).

This filling of the Holy Spirit comes as the result of prayer. We have to go to God and ask Him to control us by the Holy Spirit.

We need to pray something like:

“Father, I desire to be controlled by Your Holy Spirit. Here is my sin; I confess it and denounce it. I ask You to forgive me and to control me. I know that You are resident in my life, and now I want You to be totally in charge. You make the decisions. I’ll do what You tell me to do. Lord God, live Your life through me. I will depend on You every day and walk by means of the Holy Spirit.”

Have you prayed this prayer or something similar?

If not, today might be a good day to do so.

Have a good week being filled with the Spirit.

Pastor Barry

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