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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




Filled

By George Holmes
June 8, 2014

It’s an order: “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18, KJV). What a happy command. It’s like saying to a sick person, “Be filled with health.” Or to struggling parents with a large family, “Here’s a million dollars.” Or to an exhausted couple, “Be renewed with an all-expenses-paid Caribbean cruise.”

“Be filled with the Spirit.” This is God’s level for our living or dying, working or worshipping, walking or waiting. As a command it offers delightful possibilities and a peak experience. Note the ascent. Being born again is a phenomenal and essential spiritual experience. You thus become a new creation in Christ. You enter the kingdom of God. You are totally alive in spirit, soul and body.

Next, being baptized by the Spirit into Christ’s Church brings you into union with every member of that organism. You are grafted, spiritually transplanted, into the body of Christ.

And being baptized in the Spirit by Jesus Christ graces you for a new order of activity in the spiritual realm. By this spiritual enduement you become an anointed witness for God.

But being filled with the Spirit is an ongoing experience of living in a state of spiritual fullness — at any one moment. You overflow like a vessel under a gushing faucet.

Being filled with the Spirit exhilarates, lifts and keeps a person in tune with spiritual reality. He is able to perceive eternal things. As a recognizable condition it is authenticated. For instance, the Spirit-filled “walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15). While filled they are less prone to stumble or make foolish judgments. They are held in balance.

Being filled with the Spirit brings our inner receptors into tune with the Almighty; so if and when He speaks, we shall hear and understand His thoughts and desires.

Joy, praise and harmony are brought about by keeping filled with the Spirit. A delightful church is pictured in Ephesians 5:19-21 (The Living Bible): “Talk with each other much about the Lord [this will obviate scandal and gossip], quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs [these are much more edifying than the blues], making music in your hearts to the Lord. Always give thanks for everything to our God and Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Honor Christ by submitting to each other.”

Problems will be few among such a healthy people.


GEORGE HOLMES (1913-99) was an Assemblies of God minister.

Excerpted from Questions and Answers About the Holy Spirit, compiled and edited by Hal Donaldson, Ken Horn and Ann Floyd (Springfield, Mo.: Pentecostal Evangel Books, 2001).

 

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