“How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?” – from “Sorted” chapter 3

You don’t have to beg God for what is already yours by his own arrangement. When you take money out of your bank account at a cash machine you don’t have to make a special application as if this were an unusual request that was nearly too much to ask for. No, you tap in your PIN number and expect the crisp notes to come out the moment you retrieve your card. After all, it’s your money!

Well, are you ready for God to fill you with his Holy Spirit? If you badly want to have him lead your life and witness you’re just in time. “Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled,” Jesus promised.[4] It’s time to breathe in. Did you ‘breathe out’ and confess whatever was displeasing to God? That’s the kind of preparation you want to make for being filled. And be ready to commit every area of your life for him to take over. Don’t be careful.

All the rooms in the house

When I was a kid my father brought me to see a very old believer who was visiting locally. Strangely enough, I don’t remember him as being old but he certainly was animated and just brim-full with the life of Christ in a way I hadn’t seen in many others. On the way home I asked my father what made the man that way. “Well,” said my Dad, “supposing we were to buy the house belonging to the Bradys (as it happens, the parents of Paul Brady the singer were our neighbours). And we moved in, only to find that Mrs Brady was still using the kitchen! We would say, politely but firmly, that this was our house now. Then suppose we found Mr Brady upstairs still working on projects, we would tell him we needed, indeed we now owned, all the rooms. Suppose we found their son in the attic at the weekend, we’d say the same. Now, you remember about inviting Jesus into your life? The difference in that man we saw this evening is that he has allowed Jesus into all the rooms in his life.” Travelling together that evening between Derry and Strabane, in his little Ford Escort van, my father taught me a lot of what I know about being filled with the Holy Spirit.

[1] Ephesians 2:8

[2] Colossians 2:6

[3] Galatians 3:2,3

[4] Matthew 5:6

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