Living “filled” in 2009

For the past few months here in London I and our preaching team have been preaching through the book of Ephesians in a series entitled the “Letter to London”. 

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Its been a massive blessing to me personally, and this past week again spoke so effectively to me as only Gods word in the scriptures can. The text included  Eph 5v18, which reads “and do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery (that’s Greek for”it messes up your life”), but BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.”

I’m reminded again that the church and early disciples never accomplished anything worthwhile until they were “spirit-enabled” in Acts 2v4 – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spoke in other tongues AS THE SPIRIT ENABLED THEM.     The only way to live the Christian life is to live it “spirit-enabled / spirit-filled / spirit-empowered.”   Looking at Paul’s first trip to Ephesus in Acts 19v1, we read that the very first question Paul asked the few disciples whom he found there, was this: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed?” Wow, what a first question. They answered: “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”    Paul then introduces them to the Holy Spirit and His empowering, and they become a powerful transforming force in their idol-worshipping city and culture. (By the way, notice that these were called “disciples” before they knew or had experienced any of this. They were on a journey of spiritual discovery and growth. The whole journey from saying yes to Christ is “discipleship.”)

Just like the early disciples at Pentecost, and those in Ephesus, every disciple of Christ must at some stage come to the realisation that the only way to move ahead to follow Christ is by being “Spirit-enabled.”   The awesome thing is that this promise is for YOU!  Whatever you do in 2009, whatever your dream, make sure that you only do it “Spirit-enabled”.

Don’t just have “get drunk” moments either, but rather live “be being filled” – develop a culture of being filled and living filled daily.  May you know His amazing filling and enabling in every area of your live and ministry in 2009!

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5 thoughts on “Living “filled” in 2009

  1. Janet

    So true
    Guess that’s why the Master said
    Dont go anywhere
    dont do anything
    UNTIL
    you have waited for the embuing of pwer
    and the disciples got filled just as Jesus did
    Only after the Spirit came on Him
    did He do the work prophesied of Messiah in Isaiah
    Did powerful work
    healing sick
    binding up broken hearted
    setting captives free

    Will be great to see God moving in power
    through His people in 2009

  2. Zoe

    It was a big blessing to read your encouragement to live filled-

    I think it is a now word for all family of G-d in 2009

    Only God
    Only His Life
    Only He is what our souls need

    So if we are to live, we need to live like Him
    We need Him to be the esence that comes out of our life-
    so just as in a well,
    people dont need the well, but the water
    May we trust for His life-giving water to come forth out of our lives.
    Only true God is I AM
    Only Saviour is The Life
    Only by His Spirit will His Life cover the earth as the waters cover the sea

  3. Jax

    Yay to this word of encouragement! The pressure is off!
    We cannot do it- only God can speak and Breathe and Create.

    Yes, we need to realize and live what Paul said
    It is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me
    And the life I live… I live by the grace of G-d, His Spirit living out His life through me
    Galatians 2: 19, especially 20, and 21

    As much as we trust G-d’s grace to save us
    We need to trust the Spirit to live through us

  4. Crystal Carter

    I live in the US. I’m called to the mission field. i have a heart for London but truely the world. im making plans to come the soon. I’m waiting on the Lord to supply the finances. in this process I’m looking for a church I can go to why I’m there. Could you please let me know the location you are in. Thank You so much, Crystal Carter

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