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Filled with the Spirit

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Uploaded on Feb 20, 2012

There is often a great misunderstanding and confusion with regards to being filled with the Holy Spirit. We think it is something very mysterious or something that is about feelings or sensations or we think of a man who has power flowing out of his hands like in Star Wars. But what is it to be filled with the Spirit? As you look at Colossians chapter 3 and verse 16, you would see that it is a great parallel passage to Ephesians 5 and verse 18. Ephesians 5:18 is where we see the term, "filled with the Spirit".

And you say why is this a parallel with Colossians 3:16? Well the reason is very obvious, look at the results of a man filled with the Spirit and you will see that it is the same as those who has the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom. Same results. And therefore we can say that a man filled with the Spirit or controlled by the Spirit is a man who will be led by the Word of God. You see, a man who is filled with the Spirit, controlled by the Spirit, led by the Spirit is someone who allows the Word of God to rule and reign in his life. He is obedient to the Word.

So, what is a man who is filled with the Spirit? Well, he is a man who is filled with the Word. A Spirit-filled man is a Word-filled man. This man would be obedient to Scripture. I remember an illustration of a pastor, he said he was in China and he was preaching and he was so impressive and many people followed him. And there was this young lady who came up to the pastor and say, "Pastor, last night the Holy Spirit said to me that I should marry you."

The pastor immediately says, "That was not from the Spirit because I am already a married man."

And the pastor is right. The Spirit never leads us to contradict the Scripture. A Spirit-filled man will be a Word-filled man. You say Lord I want to be filled with the Spirit. Then grow deep in His Word; see the glory of Jesus and depend upon His indwelling Spirit in you. And that I think is what it means to be a Spirit-filled man. God bless.

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