Let the Holy Spirit Fill You
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001
Don't miss what God has for you in His presence through the Holy Spirit's indwelling you! Say, "God, I must have a manifestation of Your presence. I can't go on without knowing Your touch. However You want to do so, I'm available." It's so important to have God's presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit. God wants to have encounters with us just like the Psalms encounters I had in my seminar.
It's scriptural. When Paul had an encounter with God at Damascus, for example, he didn't resist the Holy Spirit; he went down to the floor!
Now, encounters with the Holy Spirit can come in different ways. Some are not as dramatic as others. Paul had another encounter on his second missionary journey. He didn't know which direction to go, and he kept trying to go the Asian route, but he just couldn't get a witness in his heart.
Have you ever tried to do something and you couldn't quite get the mind of God? You think, Well, God, I'm trying to hear You, but would You speak up?
So one night Paul had a dream, and in it, a man said, "Come to Macedonia." And Paul shifted his plans because he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit.
In this second encounter, he didn't have a vision, he didn't see a light, he wasn't slapped to the ground or blinded for a few days. He just had a dream. (Acts 16:6-10)
You can have an encounter with the Holy Spirit in laughter, in weeping, in prayer, while reading your Bible. Encounters come in different ways. When you begin to have encounters, usually it means God's taking you to another level. It means there's something He wants you to do. He doesn't give them to you for a little tickle and a thrill. He gives you encounters to take you into ministry - to fill you and spill you!
When the Lord fills us with His Spirit, He fills us with a purpose. We saw this clearly in the book of Acts - the wonderful miracles working through people after the mighty filling of the Holy Spirit.
Say you put a dry sponge in water. What happens? It soaks up the water. That's the way it is with the filling of the Holy Spirit - we "soak up" the Spirit.
But when the sponge is all filled up and won't soak up any more water, then what happens? It drips. Now, there are a lot of people who are filled with the Spirit who never let the anointing spill out of them; they just drip.
On the other hand, you can squeeze the sponge and release the water, spilling it. God doesn't want drips; He wants spills!
Look at Peter, for example. As we've seen, the disciple who had denied Christ stood up on the Day of Pentecost full of the Holy Spirit and preached to the multitude. Three-thousand were saved! (Acts 2)
There's something else interesting about this: Peter was initially filled with the Spirit according to Acts 2:4 - the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:8 says, "Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost. ... " And verse 31 says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost."
Notice that these fillings happen after the initial outpouring. You see, there are more fillings! When you get spilled, you have to get filled again.
Part of the purpose of the infilling presence of the Holy Spirit is for God to use us for ministry.
Excerpted from ... And He Will Give You Another Helper: A Complete Understand of the Holy Spirit's Role in Our Lives, copyright 2001 by Marilyn Hickey. Published by Harrison House Publishers, Tulsa, Okla., www.harrisonhouse.com, 1-800-888-4126. All rights reserved.
Marilyn Hickey is founder and president of Marilyn Hickey Ministries, which has established a two-year Bible college, held crusades throughout the world, helped shipped thousands of Bibles to people around the world, and more.
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