Is your cup running over? It should be at all times overflowing.
Text for Today – Ephesians 5:18 – . . . be filled with the Spirit . . .
In Matthew 25 the Lord tells the parable of the ten virgins. All were pure (born again and blood washed), all were filled with Holy Ghost (their lamps had been burning and their wicks needed trimming), all had, at some point, grown lazy or lethargic on the Lord (they slept and slumbered), all heard the cry of alert concerning the coming bride groom, and all arose to be ready to meet him at his coming. That’s where the similarities end.
We know that Jesus is coming for a glorious church; one without spot, wrinkle, or blemish. He wants to receive to Himself a church that is aglow with His glory, on fire with His Spirit and power, and giving a powerful living witness to His Lordship and majesty. It is to that end that I write you today urging you to be filled with Holy Ghost. If you read our Manna for Today, you will clearly see that “be filled with the Spirit” is a command, not a suggestion. No, I don’t believe you have to be baptized in Holy Ghost in order to go to heaven when you die, but I am convinced that if one is to live in this earth fully pleasing the Lord, one should seek to comply with the command of the Lord to “be filled with the Spirit.”
If you are a child of God, you are a candidate for receiving the mighty baptism in Holy Ghost, and that with the initial physical evidence of speaking in other tongues and the Spirit gives utterance. The Scriptures are clear; one must have a relationship with Jehovah God by which He is one’s Father before one can receive the baptism in Holy Ghost. The world CANNOT receive the Spirit, but the believer can, AND SHOULD.
Jesus said the baptism in Holy Ghost would produce power in one’s life to be a witness, and a truly effective one at that. The “witness” of which the Lord speaks is not one who merely testifies, but one who gives irrefutable proof of what he/she is saying. In Mark it is recorded that God confirms His Word with signs following. If one is filled with Holy Ghost, there should be signs following what he/she says in accordance with the Word of God. The baptism in Holy Ghost is a free gift to every believer who will receive, but it is up to each believer, once filled, to remain full, and Ephesians 5 gives the prescription for remaining full, or living in a state of being constantly filled. Sing to yourself in “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Get full and stay full. You can do it.
Manna for Today – Matthew 25:1-14; Ephesians 5:14-21; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:27;
Luke 11:13; John 14:15-17; Mark 16:15-20