By Jennifer Moreno
Lately I’ve been contemplating a lot about what it means to be filled with the Holy Ghost. The Word of God says that the evidence you have of having the Holy Spirit is by the fruit you produce from the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 says “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
It’s interesting to note that all of these character traits are aligned with God’s character and it makes sense that you would produce such a beautiful thing having God’s Spirit dwelling in you. We also know that we receive the Holy Spirit when we confess our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The Bible says, “Ask, and it shall be given to you” (Luke 11:9). Second, believe you have in fact received this gift from God. Therefore, you receive the Holy Spirit the moment you received Christ, causing you to be born again as a child of God and not of wrath.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:13 that the Holy Spirit also baptizes us into the body of Christ.
But out of all of these things, one thing that has continued to tug at me is the assurance of being filled with the Holy Ghost. In several instances in the Bible you see someone being filled with the Holy Ghost. So in order to be filled, you must be empty of yourself first. You can’t be controlled by the Spirit and let your flesh also control you. Only one person can be in total control. And yes, the Holy Ghost is a person according to scripture.
If you are in a covenant with God we know we have the Holy Spirit. I believe when you are full of joy and your Spirit is aligned with God’s will, then you are totally enjoying God’s fullness in your life. From personal experience when I’m filled with the Holy Spirit, I am totally aware because I am filled with an inexplicable joy and love that exudes out of me. Acts 13:52 supports the confirmation of what it means to be filled with the Spirit, it says “The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”
Therefore if you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, all you have to do is ask the Lord and He won’t withhold any good thing. Especially if it is a command, He wants you to be filled with the Spirit. Paul says in Ephesians 5:18 – “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
Hope this helps you all my friends, be filled with joy. Remember that the JOY of the Lord is our strength. God bless!