Today, I would like to encourage us to look at Scripture and to learn from those who we know were full of the Spirit.
Jesus in Luke 4:1 – “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.”
An Angel of the Lord in Luke 1:15 prophesied to Zechariah that his son, John the baptist would be filled with the Spirit even while still in his mother’s womb; there’s something to pray over an unborn child.
The disciples in Acts 2:4 – “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
In Acts 4:8 when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin to answer questions over a guy they had healed: “8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ‘Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: it is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
In Acts 6:3, it had been brought to the attention of the Apostles that there was conflict to do with how food was distributed to widows. Their response was as follows: “Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them”
In Acts 7, Stephen was seized and stoned. He died full of the Spirit: “55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’”
The command to you and me is found in Ephesians 5:18 – “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit”
And the promise is found in Luke 11:13 – “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
So why not begin each day by being silent, putting out your hands and asking the Father to fill you with the Holy Spirit; you need it critically! He is faithful to fill you with His Spirit so that you have wisdom and power for the day!