“And may we all, with unveiled face, behold the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore be transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (from 2 Corinthians 3:18)
A victorious and Spirit filled walk assures the victory in all that life brings.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
“Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit. As He went to the cross He could have gone maintained through the beatings, crucifixion, and all of the pain, a sovereign display of health and strength. He could have shown Himself obviously to be God in the midst of all that was brought against Him. However God had a different plan, So, Jesus willingly laid down His life and He took it up again three days later. Fifty days after His resurrection, He gave that same Spirit to His disciples, who were waiting for His promise right where He told them to be. Ever since, every Believer who welcomes the Holy Spirit’s baptism and walks in obedience to Him can live expressing the same works that Jesus did.”
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13,14)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (5:16)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (25) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (23,24)
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.(25)
What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit and, how “can” we be filled with the Spirit? This means, basically, having great joy in God and since the Word of God teaches that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10), it also means there will be power in this joy for overcoming besetting sins and for boldness in witness of the One in whom we walk.
Basically, it means to be consumed in radiant joy, because the Spirit who fills us is the Spirit of joy that flows between God the Father and God the Son because of the delight they have in each other. Therefore, to be filled with the Spirit means to be caught into the joy that flows among the Holy Trinity and to love God the Father and God the Son and His Holy Spirit with the very love with which they are one in.
The way to be filled with the Spirit is to fully and simply “believe God”, trusting that the God of hope truly reigns and that His every word is held in our hearts as the absolute standard of Truth and cannot ever fail. His every promise spoken to and over me is YES and to every yes, Amen!
Know that not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from his will (Matthew 10:29) and that he directs the world for you and for all who trust His word. In believing this, you are filled with the Holy Spirit and with joy at the moment you receive by faith.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you are fully restored and brought into intimate fellowship and communion with Jesus. (Romans 10:9,10)You are inviting Jesus to “come into me and see” all that I am, just as I am and be with me” (That is intimacy defined). Your confession is the “outward” witness to the life of Jesus in you and in the heart is the inward witness that you truly believe God for who He says He is and you hinge every aspect of your life upon His every word. Herein the fact that you are “in Christ” is justified, and with the mouth your confession glorifies God and therefore in you is declared the Trinity or the three-fold unity of the Father, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit of God ruling and reigning upon the throne of your heart.
When Jesus was baptized, as soon as he came up out of the water, he saw the heavens breaking open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:10,11) He was then driven into the wilderness to be tempted of the evil one. Each of us will also face the temptation that life brings because we face that same adversary, the evil one and his minions opposing the very work of God in us. He pulled out every measure to try and stop Jesus from carrying out the mission for which He came and we will face no less in our lifetime.
So then here is what we are to live for; “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Philippians 3:10-12) I have been purchased by the blood of Jesus and by His body broken for mine on the cross, I am not mine own but fully “His”. He went through “all things” that come up in life so that I would not have to. He took on all my pain, all my shame, all the sickness and disease I have and ever could encounter, all the adversity that can ever come against me. In “all of these things or instances” I am more than a conqueror through Him who loves me with an everlasting and infinite love. If God be so completely and fully “for me” then who or what can be against me?
Now will you simply stake the same claim? Jesus came and did and paid it all for each and every one of us.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
(1 Corinthians 15:58)
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 15:57)