“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb” (
This Morning as I read the Gospel according to Luke chapters 1 and 2, I could not help but notice how many times the writer mentions that people were filled or will be filled with the Holy Spirit – Baby John (1:15), Mary (1:35), Elizabeth(1:35), Zacharias (1:67), Simeon [upon] (2:25).
I am reminded by these that being filled with the spirit of GOD or the Holy Spirit is to possess within one’s life the very life and essence of God. I think this is a very precious blessing. We humans as little as we are compared to the entire universe can possess within our hearts the very essence of the one who created the entire universe.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit (as the above verses show), we are able to do things that are naturally impossible to us and we are able to be aware of things that we could not have known or perceived with our natural senses. Being filled with the Holy Spirit implies being filled with Love, Joy, Peace…and all the fruit of the spirit listed in Gal 5:21-22.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. I have a picture of a puppet which is brought to life by human hands. However in our case, we are not puppets because we are allowed to co-operate with the Holy Spirit. We allow the Holy Spirit to suspend our natural tendencies and inclinations so that GOD can be in control of our system. The Holy Spirit then manifests love, joy, peace, kindness, faithfulness, patience and so on. This is such a blessing.
Not only do we enjoy the presence of the Holy Spirit, we also enjoy the reward of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit. For example when the Holy Spirit manifests love in our lives we enjoy loving the people around us and we enjoy the blessings of a peaceful home, happy marriage, happy children and so on.
I believe we all must continue to seek to always be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a continuous process because it requires our continuous surrendering to the Holy Spirit to be the one in charge of our lives. I believe that if we go out everyday asking the Holy Spirit to take control of our lives and we consciously ask God to lead us every moment of the day we will live really extraordinary lives.
Oh Lord thank you for this great blessing of being filled with the Holy Spirit. I ask you to fill me always and to work with me, in me and through me. Give me the right words to say to the people around me. Teach me all I need to know about Jesus and in my life. Grant me the wisdom to operate like Jesus in my days. I receive this fulness in Jesus Name.