By Jemima Rayan
God does not want us to operate in our past experiences or
even with the past anointing. Every time the children of Israel
were hungry, God did not want them to eat the left-overs. He
gave them fresh manna each and everyday. God gave them fresh
manna from heaven. In the same way, when it comes to the Holy
Spirit, He does not want us to have the past anointing or the
infilling that we had ten years before. God wants to anoint
us afresh each day. His grace is new every morning.
Psalmist says in Psalm 92:10, "But my horn You have
exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil".
Note the word 'fresh oil'. God wants to anoint us with fresh
oil. He wants us to have the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit and
He wants us to be full of the Holy Spirit.
The first New Testament martyr Stephen
was full of the Holy Spirit. Acts 6:5 says, "…And they chose Stephen,
a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit",
Full reservoirs or Empty reservoirs:
The word of God says in Jeremiah
2:13 that the children of God committed two evils. "For
My people have committed tow evils: They have forsaken Me,
the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns- broken cisterns that can hold
The word of God says in the above passage that the children
of God have committed the two evils. They have forsaken God
in all that they do. They have their religion and rituals but
they have forsaken God in all that they do. God is grieved
with this kind of situation. The other evil is that they have
made for themselves cisterns (artificial reservoirs) that are
broken. In effect, God says that the pressures and trials of
life has caused the water to leak from the reservoirs and they
no longer hold any water. This is a pathetic condition of the
Body of Christ today.
Some people are thinking about the day when they were filled
with the Holy Spirit and are happy with just that. The Bible
admonishes us to have a fresh filling each day.
Initial infilling and Numerous refilling:
God's word talks to us about an initial filling that you receive
on the day you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. But a believer
should not stop at that. He needs numerous refilling. Let us
see couple of examples here:
In the life of the apostles: Look at the life of the apostles.
In Acts 2: 4 they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. In
Acts 3: 1-10 we read about how the power that they received
helped them to cause the lame man walk. In Acts 4:31 they were
again filled with the Holy Spirit. What this verse means is
that the apostles needed a refill for them to function effectively.
In Acts 5:15 we read that the shadow of Peter had the power
to heal the sick bodies. We learn from these passages that
the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit as often as they
In the life of the Ephesians: Acts
19:1-6, we read about how God used Paul to get the people
of Ephesus filled with the
Holy Spirit. Later we see in Ephesians 1: 1 that Paul is writing
to the faithful in Christ Jesus that they need to stay filled
with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 says, "Be not drunk
with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit".
In the above two examples, we see that the believers needed
continual refilling of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to be
full reservoirs all the time. You never know when you will
need it. When we talk about being full, we need to know what
the Bible talks about. We need to be 'full of the Word of God'
and 'full of the Spirit of God'.
Full of the Word of God:
3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in
you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,, singing with grace
in your hearts to the Lord".
God wants us to be full of His word.
Note the word "richly" which
means abounding in word. Also the way you divide the word is
important. It says "in all wisdom". Every Christian
should know how to rightly divide the word and apply the word
in his life.
Full of the Spirit of God:
Ephesians 5: 18 says, "And
do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation; but be
with the Spirit."
This word talks about being filled with the Holy Spirit on
a continual basis. We need to not only be filled with the Holy
Spirit, but we need to stay filled with the Holy Spirit. That
is very important to do an effective ministry.
May the Lord help you to stay full of God's word and His Spirit
in Jesus name. Amen.
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