Commentary By: Gordon King
Yesterday I was listening to a female preacher on the car radio, she said that if a person thinks that they have been filled with the Holy Spirit, then they have not been. I disagree with her 100%!
How can I be so certain about this? Because four years ago I was filled with the Holy Spirit. I am not telling you this to make myself more than I am or to be better than anyone else, it’s just a fact. I am not talking about being given the Holy Spirit to live within me, we all receive His Spirit when we are saved, but being filled to the brim and overflowing with His Spirit is much different.
‘But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” ‘
When the good Lord filled me with His Spirit I definitely knew it! I felt God within me and around me, I sensed the Holy Spirit working in and through me, and I was led to do things which I would not have normally done. I actually felt God’s presence, He spoke to me clearly (not audibly), showed me things which were hidden to me before, and made the spiritual world much more visible and understandable. I would not be where I am today spiritually or have matured in Christ as I have over the past four years if it were not for the Lord filling me with His Spirit.
The apostle Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit after He met Jesus on the Damascus road. How else could he have accomplished or done what he did, how could he have endured the trials and tribulations that he did if he was given the Holy Spirit but not full of the Holy Spirit? How could he have such knowledge, insight, wisdom, and understanding of God and his word if he was not filled? The book of Acts tells us that Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit, and I believe that this means he was not only given the Spirit to live within him, but actually filled with the Holy Spirit.
Do you think that Paul didn’t know that he was blessed with the filling of the Holy Spirit? I don’t think so, of course he knew it, and he knew that what he was seeing and speaking was not of his own doing but the workings of the Holy Spirit.
We know when and if we are anointed or filled with the Holy Spirit in order to glorify God. So that we know for certain it is from God and not of ourselves, in order that we may not boast and become full of pride.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a wonderful blessing from God, and unfortunately I believe that most believers will never experience it until they get to heaven. I have been blessed, God has been so good, and I treasure the time when I was filled with His Spirit. However, this special anointing does not always last forever, as it didn’t for me. Unfortunately the anointing dissipated over time and I knew it was happening, I could feel it in my spirit. I prayed and prayed for God not to take it away, but it was His will. The first five to six months were very intense, yet as time moved on so did the filling of the Holy Spirit. I still have the Holy Spirit living within me, just not like before.
Why does God give this special anointing to some believers and not others? I do not know. I only know that He did it for me and I am so thankful and grateful for it. I consider it one of the most highest privileges and honors. I wish that everyone could experience this wonderful event, however I believe that most will not.
(speaking of Barnabas)
“For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.“
The good Lord has a reason and a purpose to fill His children with His Holy Spirit. I believe that it is to spread the gospel, to encourage, to perform His will on earth.
And while we may not be “filled” with the Holy Spirit, we do have the Holy Spirit living within us. We should not grieve the Holy Spirit, but gain favor from God by listening to what the Spirit has to say, and by following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”
We can become closer to God, we can understand more of God and His ways, and we can gain wisdom, insight, and knowledge by maintaining a close relationship to the Lord.
It is not by our own will that we become “filled” with the Holy Spirit, but by the will of our Father in heaven. He both gives and takes away. I never knew what being “filled” with the Spirit meant before it happened to me. I was a prodigal son, not living a godly life, and yet the Lord filled me after I hit rock bottom, crawling on my knees, humbling myself before Him. He brought me back into the fold, strengthened my faith, and showed me His will for me in my life.
I cannot say what other believers have experienced with the Lord, or just what it may have been like for them, I can only speak for myself. However, for someone else to tell me that what I have experienced was not real is like telling someone that how they feel after the death of a loved one or the birth of their newborn baby isn’t real, that their experience didn’t really happen. Of course it happened and they know how they felt, even though someone else may not.
And there may be those who were filled with the Holy Spirit, yet did not have the same feelings as I did, I don’t know, I really cannot speak for them. But for me it was the best experience that I have ever had in my life time, only followed closely by the birth of my children!
Allow the Holy Spirit of God to work in and through you. Seek God first in all things, give Him thanks, praise and worship! Love those who despise and use you, love your enemies, help those in need, and encourage those around you. Pray for the lost, pray for those hurting and in need, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel, do to others as you would want them to do to you. Make Jesus Christ your life!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!