Sermon How To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit

 Filled with the Holy Spirit: A Path to Spiritual Empowerment


As believers, we are called to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to walk in His power, and to live out His purposes in our lives. Today, we will explore how we can experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and be empowered to live as bold witnesses for Christ in the world.

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• This was promised

         ◦ John the Baptist - John 1:33

         ◦ Jesus told the apostles this in Acts 1:4-5

         ◦ Peter says this was prophesied by Joel - Acts 2:16-17

     • This was administered by Jesus-

         ◦ Matt. 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33

     • There are two occasions when it occurred-

         ◦ Acts 2:1-4- To the apostles

         ◦ Acts 10:44-46- For the Gentiles (in fact, Luke says this was the gift of HS) See also Acts 11:16-17.

1: Repentance and Confession of Sins (Acts 2:38)

Repentance opens the door for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. By confessing our sins and turning away from them, we create space for the Holy Spirit to fill us with His presence and power, bringing about transformation and renewal.

2: Seeking the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:11; Acts 2:42)

The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers for the common good. As we earnestly desire and seek the gifts of the Spirit, we position ourselves to be vessels through which God's power and love can flow, edifying the body of Christ and advancing His kingdom.

Spirit who accomplishes His purpose through a variety of gifts according to I Cor. 12:4.

Some of these gifts were miraculous and others were not. Some of these gifts were for a limited time and some last until the end of time. But, everything served for the common good.- I Cor. 12:7

3: Manifestation of Power (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)

The Holy Spirit empowers believers with various gifts, including gifts of healing, miracles, and prophecy. These manifestations of power are not for our glory but for the glory of God and the building up of His church.

4: Being an Indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; Romans 8:9, 14)

As believers, we are temples of the Holy Spirit, and He dwells within us. By walking in obedience to God's Word, being filled with His Spirit through worship, and allowing Him to lead and guide us, we experience His presence and power in our lives.

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5: Learning the Word of God (John 14:26)

The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guide, illuminating the Word of God to us and empowering us to understand and apply it to our lives. As we immerse ourselves in Scripture and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us, we grow in spiritual maturity and are equipped for every good work.

6: Praying Constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer is essential for maintaining a vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit. Through prayer, we commune with God, seek His will, and open ourselves up to His leading and guidance.

7: Seeking God (Luke 11:13)

As we earnestly seek God with all our hearts, He promises to fill us with His Spirit. Let us hunger and thirst for more of God's presence in our lives, knowing that He is faithful to pour out His Spirit upon those who seek Him.

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Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to work in and through us for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. May we repent of our sins, seek the gifts of the Spirit, walk in His power, be filled with His presence, immerse ourselves in His Word, pray without ceasing, and earnestly seek God with all our hearts. As we do so, we will experience the fullness of His Spirit and be empowered to live as bold witnesses for Christ in the world.

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