Many people have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. However, many have yet to access the full power of their salvation through the Holy Spirit. In order to walk in our true purpose, we must have His power actively operating in our lives. If not, we are only functioning at half capacity when it comes to our faith. Yes, we receive the Holy Spirit at salvation but we need more than that. We also need to be filled with His spirit in order to live a victorious life. In Acts, Jesus told the disciples to wait for the Comforter, the Teacher, to come. He told them that even greater works they would do. How could they perform greater works? They could only do so if they were endowed with power from on high.
Why do we need the Holy Spirit? First all, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Matthew 3:16 tells us that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove. If Jesus, the Son of God himself, needed to be filled with the Spirit, so do we. Jesus was the actual example in the flesh for us to follow. He was actually showing us the source of our strength and power.
Secondly, we need the Spirit to produce godly character and become molded into the image of Christ. This can only be done by the Spirit and not by our own might. It is impossible to develop these fruit without the Spirit empowering us to develop these characteristics and transforming us from the inside out.
Furthermore, we cannot walk in our calling or the divine purpose God has for our lives aside from the Spirit. Let’s think about it. Prior to fulfilling His ministry, Jesus had a regular job like everyone else as a carpenter. It wasn’t until the time came to start walking in His divine calling that He became filled the Holy Spirit. Likewise, we cannot effectively walk in our callings unless we do the same. We may think we are doing it now but without the Spirit, we’re only scratching the surface of what God has for us to do and how He wants to use us.
Lastly, we cannot fight against sin without the Spirit at work in us. We are no match for the enemy in our own might. There will always be a struggle between our flesh and our spirit man but the only way to win this is by warring in the Spirit. When we try to fight the enemy in our flesh, it’s like showing up to a gun fight with a slingshot….pointless and powerless.
How do we become filled with Holy Spirit? We have to ask God to fill us with His spirit and we have to open to allowing the Spirit to work in us. Luke 11:13 states, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him.” As we submit to the power of God’s Spirit in us, the more His spirit will work in and through us. In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are instructed trust in the Lord and lean not unto our own understanding. We have to get out of our heads and open our hearts to receive direction from the Spirit if we want to live our best life in Christ.
What is stopping you from living a spirit filled life? Tradition? Pride? Personal wants and desires? Fear? Ask God to reveal those areas to you so you can walk in true freedom and purpose. Once He reveals those areas, repent and commit to allowing the Spirit to take charge of every area of your life.
He is willing and waiting.