Fill ‘Er Up, Lord!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 5: 18
August 27. 2009
1. A REAL Experience!
A) The Manifestation of His Presence
1) Prior Times
2) Present Times
3) Personal Times
B) The Mandate for His People
2. A REPEATED Experience!
A) The Matter of Continuation
B) The Method of Operation
3. A REMARKABLE Experience!
A) Sing with Gladness
B) Speak with Gratitude
C) Submit with Grace
James MacDonald said it well, "If you don't want what God wants for your life, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes your priorities and your goals when He fills your life. Without the Holy Spirit, God had made no other provision for you to live the Christian life."
I think of the little boy who was disappointed with the smallness of the egg his bantam had laid. He went downtown, returned with a large package, unwrapped it, and pulled out a large ostrich egg. He held it up to his little bird and said, "Now, take a good look at this and try harder."
That is the way many Christians look at the Spirit-filled life. They try their best to do their best, but when their best isn't good enough, they look to themselves and say "Try harder."
However, the life of Spirit-fulness is a work that can only be accomplished by the Holy Spirit. It is not a work we do for Him, but a work He does for us, in us, through us, and with us.
The role and person of the Holy Spirit has sparked great controversy among denominational circles over the past several years. Some overemphasize the role of the Holy Spirit, while others, including Baptists, underemphasize the role of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not someone who should surprise us, shock us, or scare us. He is our Best Friend, our Greatest Teacher, and our Highest Counselor.
WITHOUT HIM WE CAN'T LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE; WITHOUT US HE WON'T LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
It is a matter of ownership, because I am not my own. It is a matter of stewardship ...
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