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Sharon, PA 16146
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June 3, 2012
"Filled with the Holy Spirit"
Read Ephesians 5:15-18

Ephesians 5:15-18 instructs us to live as wise persons by 1) making the most of every opportunity, 2) by understanding the Lord's will, and 3) by being filled with the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. Acts 2:4, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit." The Greek word "fill" suggests the process of bringing something to its intended level, such as, "fill the bucket." On the Day of Pentecost, the disciples were able to speak the gospel in languages they had not learned and 3,000 people were saved and added to the church. Other examples include Acts 4:8, "Then Peter filled with the Holy Spirit said to them, 'Rulers....'" Acts 7:55, "Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit...." Acts 13:9, "...Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked at Elymas and said...."

The power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives will cause us to bear at least five kinds of spiritual fruit. 1) The fruit of Souls won to Christ. Matthew 4:19, "Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men." 2) The fruit of the Spirit (Character). Galatians 5:22-23. 3) The fruit of Righteousness. Philippians 1:11. 4) The fruit of Service. Romans 15:25-28. 5) The fruit of Praise. Hebrews 13:15, "Through Jesus Christ, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess His name."

Bottom line: We cannot live the Christian life on our own power. We must ask God to fill us with His Spirit, so that He can direct and empower our daily lives.

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