Day 20 Devo - Stay Filled

We have read Paul's instruction in Ephesians 5:18 to "be filled with the Spirit." This is an ongoing instruction: keep being filled! The same disciples who were filled in Acts, chapter 2, were again filled in Acts, chapter 4. This new filling was not just a coincidence, they prayed for it! It hadn't been long since the filling at Pentecost, and they had been boldly witnessing and living in unity. But they still found it necessary to pray again to be filled.

As believers, the Holy Spirit does not leave us. But we may not always be filled with the Spirit - that is up to us. We do not stay filled with the Spirit automatically, we should continually pray to be filled. The Spirit wants to fill us always, but He will not force Himself upon us. He waits for us to desire Him more than anything else, and to surrender ourselves to His leading. We must be willing to reject the things that grieve Him, and pursue a holy life, so that we can be suitable temples for Him to dwell in.

Some people today who have been wonderfully filled with the Spirit in the past are not longer filled. They may have become proud, self-confident, or self-satisfied. They may have become pre-occupied with the things of the world, or have let some hidden sin reign in their lives untouched. When the Spirit is continually resisted and grieved, He can not abide in His fullness.

Some people are trying to live on a past experience that they haven't known for some time. Our walk with the Lord is supposed to be based on much more than a memory! We are supposed to know His Presence everyday!   We are supposed to stay filled with the Spirit!

Point to Ponder:

Remember that the Spirit's desire is to fill us continually. If we're not filled, it's not because God doesn't want us to be. We should always pray to be filled and led by the Spirit, asking God to show us anything that's hindering us!

Do not put out the Spirit's fire. (I Thessalonians 5:19)