When I believe the truth of the gospel and acknowledge I have been redeemed by the mercies of God, I am absolutely ecstatic.
Everything is good and right when the fire of the Spirit fills me.
I want more.
We can choose joy, letting our hormones follow suit, but no one can control the Spirit, who blows like the wind.
Come Spirit, come.
If you see videos of church people who get filled with the Spirit, you may be confused and clueless to what is going on. You probably won't understand why those people came to participate in the service. You may not think they will come back over and over, never having enough.
What is it like to be truly forgiven and totally free?
Holy Spirit, come. Light a fire inside of us.
How do new mission movements start in places with no understanding of the church or Christianity?
The Spirit of Christ moves upon people who get filled with power, love, and extreme, raw joy.
Being filled with the Spirit is inexpressible, but I'm always wanting another encounter. It's too few and far between. The first time I thought it was enough to just be filled once. Only later did I realize I am so desperate for continual re-fillings. I need more healing, more grace, more forgiveness, and more power.
I need to be filled with the Spirit over and over again.
Have you ever been so filled with the Spirit that strange languages start flowing out of your mouth; languages you never heard or uttered before?
One time someone was sharing prophetic revelations for people to receive healing. He described someone who had a burning sensation in their throat. Suddenly I realized that I had that burning sensation. I didn't know what to do. I was frozen with fear. He said that person should come up to receive healing. He was calling me to go up.
But... I didn't go.
I thought he made my throat burn somehow. I thought it was just my imagination. I thought too much.
I acted too little: frozen with fear.
Holy Spirit, forgive me for resisting your power.
What are we dwelling on? What are our minds filled with? What do we fear?
Perfect love casts out all fear. The Spirit is perfect love. He will cast out All fear.
Come Lord Jesus, come.
The majority of my life I wanted to change my situation. Sometimes it was an object I wanted or a circumstance or situation. There is a burning inside of us to desire, to want, and to change for the better. What I wanted the majority of my life was what this world can offer me. Some of those things came to me and some of them didn't. Some of them made me happy, but some of them disappointed. Some, I'm still waiting for, unsure if they will ever come, but all, I'm certain, will never be enough.
Have you ever tarried for the Spirit to come and fill you?
If you have, you know that sometimes nothing happens right away. Other times, we get filled without even asking, though. No one controls the Spirit. Just like the wind, He blows wherever He pleases and for some reason, we must tarry at times to be filled.
If you have ever experienced the power of the Spirit, you know it surpasses anything this world could ever offer. When you're baptized with fire from above, you forget about all those other desires you have. You don't care what you have or don't have. It doesn't matter how good or bad your life is. When you're in the Spirit, everything is right. There is a perfect peace. There is no fear. It surpasses everything else.
Spirit of truth, speak to us.
I feel sad for all the times I chose death instead of life. I have been deceived and deceived myself too many times. I promised myself pleasures and satisfaction, but I was left with regret and filthy stains.
I filled myself with endless knowledge and substances and ideas. I used people and I shrank back.
It's then, when it feels like we're closed in a little tank and there's no one there to help us that we feel we have to give in; give up. The doors are closing in on us and we already lost the war in our minds. It's that moment that can bring great victory. Saying yes to truth and standing firm in holiness in that time will bring a breakthrough and increased filling of the Spirit.
"But we are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and are saved." Hebrews 10:39
I'm standing up today. I will not give up. I will not shrink back. I will not stop asking for more of the Spirit.
Jesus said ask and it will be given to you and how much more those of us who ask for the Holy Spirit.
Fill us, Spirit, more and more.
It will never be enough, and that's such a good thing, for we will never be left tired or bored or depleted. The Spirit is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Come, Spirit, come.
I want more; more of You. Fill me up God.