Spirit Filled Living

What is spirit-filled living?
At times, you may hear a Christian say, “I was slain the spirit,” or, “I felt the spirit,” or, “I was full of the Holy Ghost.” What do those phrases mean?
When we accept Christ as our Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit. From that point on, the Holy Spirit works in our lives, convicting us of sin and growing us as Christians.
But how is the Holy Spirit evident in our lives? Some Christians believe that an indication of the Spirit’s presence is tied to various emotional expressions. There is nothing wrong with that but, the Holy Spirit’s presence in someone’s life isn’t tied to emotion.
In the book of Joel, the prophet spoke of a time in the future and said, “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike” (Joel 2:28).
That prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down in powerful form. But, let’s get away from emotion. The apostle Paul said, “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, etc…” (Gal. 5:22-23).
So, the best indication a person is filled with the spirit, is how they live. Are they honest? Are they compassionate? Is their life marked by peace and joy? Those are tangible indications of the Spirit’s presence in someone’s life.
An old seminary professor once said, “An indication you are filled with the Spirit is not how high you jump when you get it, but how straight you walk when you come down.” Amen and Amen!
Today, let’s strive to be spirit-filled Christians and be more loving and caring and kind.

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