The Filling of the Holy Spirit

Luke 11:13

In our study of the ministry of the Holy Spirit we have looked at the commands of God found within the pages of His Word. We are instructed not to grieve or quench the Spirit of God in our lives. On the positive side we are commanded to walk in the Spirit and pray in the Spirit. Tonight we want to consider the filling of the Holy Spirit. This is perhaps one of the most misunderstood ideas concerning the ministry of the Spirit today. Many have placed their own distinctions on what this really is. Once again I want to direct our attention to the Bible for what God has to say concerning this very important part of the Spirit's ministry.

In Luke 11:13 Jesus is teaching us concerning prayer and our relationship to the Father. He tells us in the latter part of this verse that our Heavenly Father longs to give us the Holy Spirit if we will simply ask Him. Absolutely nothing can be accomplished for God apart from the power and work of the Holy Spirit.

Even Jesus Christ performed His great and mighty acts upon this earth through the power and filling of the Holy Spirit of God. When Jesus defeated Satan during His temptation following forty days in the wilderness, He did it through the Spirit.

In Luke 4:1, "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness..." And then after the temptation the Word of God tells us "And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee..." Luke 4:14. Zacharias, Elisabeth, and John the Baptist were all filled with the Spirit. The disciples were filled and filled again after their real ministry began.

I. What is the filling of the Holy Spirit?

II. What are the results of being filled?

Are you filled with the Spirit? You can be! If you are a child of God then you ought to be! We need Spirit-filled worship, Spirit-filled homes, and Spirit-filled believers in the workplace.

God's commands are to:

Are we obedient to His commands? If not, why not? Come tonight and get it settled with the Lord.