Posted by jerrywhite on Jul 13, 2011
“The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe God. All that we ever receive from God is by faith, and so the filling of the Holy Spirit also is by faith in Him who does the filling. ‘Be ye filled:’ it is the imperative mode—a command. It is the present tense, every moment be ye filled, or as the Greek has it, ‘be ye being filled,’ a continuous process. It is the passive voice; constantly, moment by moment, let yourself be filled. We cannot fill ourselves, but the fountain-head seeks to keep us filled. The water mains are being filled as the water flows through them. God longs to keep us filled with the Holy Spirit while we trust Him to do it. On our part feeling has nothing to do with it, but faith everything. You believe, and as you consent to His desire, He fills you, and will keep you filled as you trust Him.
You may expect the Holy Spirit to continue glorifying Jesus. Do not look for emotions, do not expect exhilarated feelings—those, if present, are temporary—but expect Him to glorify the Lord Jesus. ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ’ (Eph. 1:3). The Holy Spirit takes these blessings, and one by one shows them to us….
A young woman once wrote me of her experience as follows: ‘As I go about my work, the Holy spirit brings to my mind verse after verse that I have heard or learned, and reveals to me what they mean. The whole Bible is absolutely new now. It seems that I think in circles, and it all comes back to the Lord Jesus. I do not have to worry now about myself or others or anything. I never dreamed that there was such liberty, joy, and peace in Christ.’ The one purpose of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus Christ. The Father’s purpose is to do it in the lives of His children by filling them with the Holy Spirit.”
L. L. Legters
The Simplicity of the Spirit-Filled Life, 53-54
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?
Galatians 3:2 (ESV)