What a day and age we live in! There’s the Me-Generation, the X-Generation, the Techie-Generation, Yippies, Yuppies, Twitters, Facebook friends, and the list goes on and on. Some of us can ever remember the Flower-power generation! These are just a few of the groups that have identified themselves an entities unto themselves. And, to make matters worse, each group has their own language, especially the texters with all their abbreviations and emojis.
It seems that we are a people so busy doing our own thing, it’s a wonder that we ever get answered prayer when we don’t spend any time with the King of Kings! Oh, sure, we shoot up a prayer when things get tough because it makes us feel better. But do we really expect an answer?
We make decisions based on our own limited knowledge and research when, in fact, going to God and seeking His wisdom about the situation would save a lot of heartache in the end. Why is it that we think we’re so smart and don’t need God in our lives 24/7? One small “church” meal once a week is just not enough. One “Promise Box” scripture as you’re running out the door to go to work is just not enough. We need to spend time with God because He is God! Getting saved is not the end; it’s the beginning!
Instead of being totally filled with the ways of the world – sports, hobbies, work, and entertainment, we need to fill up on God. The Word tells us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, filled with joy and peace, filled with comfort, filled with the fruits of righteousness, filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and understanding, and filled with all the fullness of God. What a way to live!
To be filled means to make replete-filled to satiation; imbue –to permeate. These definitions tell us that if we are filled with all the above, we would really be on fire for God. Wow! What a day that will be but it takes effort to keep our minds fixed on the things of God because the world is screaming at us from every direction, even in the stores in which we shop. That ungodly music can drive us to never want to go back there again!
How can you know if you’re filled with God? Here’s a test: When a situation arises, what’s the first thing that comes out of your mouth? If it’s the Word of God, good. That’s what I should be. But if it’s anything else… I think you get the point.
God’s Word is the only sure thing we have in this world and if it’s not in us, it won’t do us any good. Remember, faith in God comes by hearing and hearing and hearing God’s Word so that I gets down into your spirit. Then when a crisis arises, that’s what will come out with power.
Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Acts 9:17 (KJV) 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 13:52 (KJV) 52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:13-14 (KJV) 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
2 Corinthians 7:4 (KJV) 4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 5:18 (KJV) 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Philippians 1:11 (KJV) 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Colossians 1:9 (KJV) 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;