Read Acts 1:4-8
What did Jesus ask his disciples to do in verse 4?
Why did you think he asked them to do that?
As we see in the bible, the Holy Spirit indwells in each person who is born again. For without the work of the Spirit we cannot be born again. (John 3:8, 1 Cor 1:21, 1 Cor 12:3).
However, as we look through the book of Acts we see that there seems to be a place where these Born again Christians received a greater measure of the Holy Spirit which enabled them to live the Christian life with greater fruitfulness. This event is sometimes referred to as “Being baptized in the Holy Spirit” or “Being filled with the Holy Spirit”. Both words imply that we are going to be getting a lot rather than little.
We also notice that this is not a one-time event, but happens to the same people over and over again. Hence, we are encouraged in the bible in Eph 5:18 to “be filled with the Holy Spirit”. The present tense of “be filled” implies a continuous action: “keep on being filled”.
But why do we need a regular infilling of the Holy Spirit? What role does the Holy Spirit play in our Christian lives? Have a look at the verses below and write down the different things that the Holy Spirit does for us:
John 16:7: ___________________________________________
Romans 8:15-17: ______________________________________
Romans 8:26-27: _____________________________________
Eph 1:17-18: _________________________________________
Eze 36:27: ___________________________________________
Gal 5:22-23: __________________________________________
1 Cor 12:4-8: _________________________________________
Acts 1:8: ____________________________________________
Acts 4:31: ___________________________________________
Wow! The Holy Spirit does so much in our lives. No wonder Jesus in Luke 24:49, very clearly asked his disciples to wait in the city till they are clothed with power from on high. For he knew that without this power we will not be able to do all that he wants us to.
Some of us may be a bit vary about this as we are not sure what sort of spirit will fill us when we pray. But Jesus gives us this assurance in Luke 11:11-13
“What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
When we pray for the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we will get only the Holy Spirit. So what are we waiting for let’s follow the example of the believers in the book of Acts and right now ask the Holy Spirit to fill us. For some of you this may be the first time you are making this prayer for some of us we may have done this many times before. It’s exciting either ways.