(1Corinthians 2:12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
At new birth, the Christian receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit. When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is a true disciple of Christ. In His last command before His ascension, Christ promised the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:1-9). The Spirit directed life can only be a reality through faith (absolute trust in God).
The Bible tells us that there are three kinds of people:
1. Natural Man (one who has not received Christ) (1 Corinthians 2:14).
2. Spiritual Man (One who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit) 1 Corinthians 2:15)
3. Carnal Man (One who has received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the Christian life in his own strength) (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).
As you continue to trust Christ, you will demonstrate more and more of the fruit of the Spirit and you will be more and more conformed to the image of Christ. Your prayer life and study of God’s Word will become more meaningful. You will experience His power in witnessing and be prepared for spiritual conflict against the world (1 John 2:15-17); against the flesh (Galatians 5:16-17); and against Satan (1 Peter 5:7-9; Ephesians 6:10-13). You will experience His power to resist temptation and sin because at that point it is no longer you at work but the Spirit of God that dwells on your inside. I see you do great signs and wonders in Jesus name. Amen.
A Believer who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, under His gracious direction, will have a fruitful and an exciting adventure on a daily basis.
Meditation: Which of the above kinds of people best describe you?
RM: The Power of the Tongue
Prayer: Fill me Lord till I over flow, fill my spirit till I overflow to do wonders that will draw men and women into your kingdom in Jesus name. Amen