Receiving The Holy Spirit
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them. — Acts 2:4 NET
On the day of Pentecost all who were gathered together in the upper room were filled with the Holy Spirit—women as well as men, obscure disciples, as well as illustrious apostles. Deacons called to do the secular business of the Church must be men filled with the Holy Ghost. That he was a good man, full of the Holy Ghost, was a greater recommendation of Barnabas than that he had parted with his lands.
The majority of Christians have seemed to suppose that the filling of the Holy Spirit was the prerogative of a few—they have never thought of it as within their reach; and the Church has been paralysed for lack of the only power that can avail in the conflict against the world, the power which was distinctly pledged by her ascending Lord. Pentecost was meant to be the specimen and type of all the days of the years of this present age, and we have fallen far below this blessed level, not because of any failure on God’s part, but because the Church has neglected its privilege.
We must desire to be filled for the glory of God. We must seek the Spirit’s power, not for our own happiness and comfort, nor even for the good that we may be the better able to effect, but that “Christ may be magnified in our bodies, whether by life or death.”
We must bring cleansed vessels. God will not deposit His precious gift in unclean receptacles. We must be washed in the blood of Christ from all conscious filthiness and stain, ere we can presume to expect that God will give us what we seek.
We must appropriate Him by faith. There is no need for us to wait, because the Holy Spirit has been given to the Church. We need not struggle and agonize in the vehemence of entreaty, but have simply to take what God is waiting to impart. He gives the Holy Spirit to them that obey Him (Act 5:32).
We must be prepared to let the Holy Spirit do as He will with and through us. There must be no reserve, no holding back, no contrariety of purpose. Let us believe and reckon that we are being filled with new power and joy which shall be for the glory of God and the service of man.
We pray, O God, that the Holy Spirit may so infill us, that sin and self may have no dominion over us, but that the fruits of the Spirit may abound to Thy honour and glory. Amen.
Our Daily Walk - March 15
Public domain content taken from Our Daily Walk by F.B. Meyer.