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Are we REALLY Spirit filled?
August 15, 2013
|Hi, Rob here!
Today I want to share some thoughts about......
ARE WE "REALLY"SPIRIT FILLED?
For the past several months I have been wrestling with the concept of the Holy Spirit living within me as the Scriptures teach us, and have had to ask myself many probing questions. If the Holy Spirit genuinely lives in born again Christians and He is the same Holy Spirit that lived in Jesus, then why don't we have more power, more miracles, more boldness in our profession of Jesus being our Lord, etc?
The Holy Spirit is a person just like Jesus is a person. We cannot have a little bit of the person of the Holy Spirit or a part of Him in us. We either have Him in us, or we don't. If we do have Him and we are born again and in covenant with God through Jesus and we are genuinely "new creations in Christ", then our lives should be much different than we seem to be.
I have come to the conclusion after all my contemplations and question asking that the reason we don't appear to be different after we claim to have been saved, or born again, is because we really don't understand what becoming a Christian REALLY is.
We have been told that all we have to do is say a little prayer after the preacher and you will be born again, but is that really what the Bible teaches? What about having a genuine life altering encounter with the living Lord Jesus that changes us forever?
Paul wrote that our salvation should rest on a demonstration of God's POWER, not just the nice words of wisdom from the preacher.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 -- "And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in the demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."
The true Christian life MUST START with a correct beginning in order to be a genuine new creation rather than another simply religious person that is self-deluded into believing they are "saved".
Click the link below and read my blog page to determine if you have genuinely had a correct beginning.
Scripture tells us that the Life of Jesus is in us by the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2:13 -- "For God is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
1 John 4:4 -- "; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world."
John 14:17 -- ", but you will know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you."
John 15:5 -- "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing."
I will continue this discussion about our lack of power and miracles etc. in a couple of weeks. What I have shared today will give us all plenty to think about until next time -- especially if you have been willing to follow the link to my blog article.
The links below will take you to my E-books for more training in your walk with the Lord in His kingdom.
Until then, may the Lord open the eyes of your heart and understanding, may He make His internal presence known to you in a very real way, and may He fill you with His peace.
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