is God calling You to Experience His Power?

Are you satisfied with your walk with God? (For information on how to know Jesus Christ personally and become a believer, see "Begin Your Journey.") Which words describe your current experience as a Christian?

Growing Empty Forgiven
Frustrated Discouraged Joyful
Disappointing Imtimate Defeated
Fulfilled Painful Exciting

The following principles will help you understand and enjoy God's Holy Spirit.

The Divine Gift

God has given us His Spirit so that we can experience intimacy with Him and enjoy all He has for us.

The Holy Spirit enables us to experience many things:

  • A genuine new spiritual life (John 3:1-8).
  • The assurance of being a child of God (Romans 8:15-16).
  • The infinite love of God (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:18-19).

Life with and without the Spirit

 

Why are many Christians not satisfied in their experience with God?

The Present Danger

We cannot experience intimacy with God and enjoy all He has for us if we fail to depend on His Spirit.

People who trust in their own efforts and strength to live the Christian life will experience failure and frustration, as will those who live to please themselves rather than God.

We cannot live the Christian life in our own strength.
(Galatians 3:3)

We cannot enjoy all God desires for us if we live by our self-centered desires.
(Galatians 5:17).

Self center Life

 

Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

How can we develop a lifestyle of depending on the Spirit?

The Intimate Journey

By walking in the Spirit, we increasingly experience intimacy with God and enjoy all He has for us.

As we walk in the Spirit, we have the ability to live a life pleasing to God.
(Galatians 5:16, 25).

As we walk in the Spirit, we experience intimacy with God and all he has for us.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22, 23).
Life with the Spirit

 

Faith (trust in God and His promises) is the only way a Christian can live by the Spirit.

Spiritual breathing is a powerful word picture which can help you experience moment-by-moment dependence upon the Spirit.

Exhale: Confess your sin the moment you become aware of it - agree with God concerning it and thank Him for His forgiveness, according to 1 John 1:9 and Hebrews 10:1-25. Confession requires repentance - a change in attitude and action.

Inhale: Surrender control of your life to Christ, and rely upon the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence and power by faith, according to His command (Ephesians 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14-15).

How does the Holy Spirit fill us with His power?

The Empowering Presence

We are filled with the Spirit by faith, enabling us to experience intimacy with God and enjoy all He has for us.

The essence of the Christian life is what God does in and through us, not what we do for God. Christ’s life is reproduced in the believer by the power of the Holy Spirit. To be filled with the Spirit is to be directed and empowered by Him.

    Three important questions to ask yourself:

  1. Am I ready to surrender control of my life to our Lord Jesus Christ?
  2. Am I ready now to confess my sins? (1 John 1:9) Sin grieves God's Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). But God in His love has forgiven all of your sins - past, present, and future - because Christ died for you.
  3. Do I sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit? (John 7:37-39)

By faith claim the fullness of the Spirit according to His command and promise:

God COMMANDS us to be filled with the Spirit.
"... be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18)

God PROMISED He will always answer when we pray according to His will.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we ask of him" (1 John 5:14-15).

How to pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit.          

The Turning Point

We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone.

Sincere prayer is one way of expressing our faith. The following is a suggested prayer:

Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as you commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this is the name of Jesus. I now thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit and directing my life.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, you can pray right now and trust God to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

How to know that you are filled by the Holy Spirit

  • Did you ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit?
  • Do you know that you are now filled with the Holy Spirit?
  • On what authority? (On the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word: Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:22-23.)

As you continue to depend on God's Spirit, moment by moment, you will experience and enjoy intimacy with God and all He has for you - a truly rich and satisfying life.


An important reminder ...

Do not Depend on Feelings

The promise of God's Word, the Bible - not our feelings - is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. Flying a jet can illustrate the relationship among fact (God and His Word), faith (our trust in God and His Word), and feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21).
The Plane
To be transported by a jet, we must place our faith in the trustworthiness of the aircraft and the pilot who flies it. Our feelings of confidence or fear do not affect the ability of the jet to transport us, they do affect how much we enjoy the trip. In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.

Consider starting a prayer group with others committed Christians. (Acts 2:42)

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