The Work of the Spirit in our Sanctification
The Holy Spirit Indwells Believers
The Holy Spirit Fills Believers
What filling is not: A SECOND WORK OF GRACE
To be filled with the Spirit is not a second work of grace or a second experience in which the Holy Spirit empowers the believer to live a sanctified life.
What filling is: TO BE CONTROLLED
Guided, influenced, and governed by the Holy Spirit.
To be filled with the Spirit is when a believer allows the Spirit to control their life. The command is for the believer to yield control over to God. Allowing the Spirit to direct our life as we follow after Christ.
“Be filled with the Spirit” – Ephesians 5:15-21
It is on-going.
It is not based on experience, but on truth. (Facts, Promises)
It empowers our life for purpose and ministry.
It is brought about by the submission and obedience to God’s will and way (from His Word).
Sadly, not all believers are yielding to the Spirit.
We should… but are not
Keys to Living in the Spirit:
Find your identity in Christ
Assurance in WHO WE ARE.
YOU ARE IN CHRIST!
Find your worth in Christ.
Surrender to His Lordship (His leading in our life)
Confess/Repent from all known sin
Get your relationships in order
Earthy relationships reflect our heavenly ones
Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness
Bible study and meditation
Corporate worship and fellowship
Christian ministry and service
Pursue holy lives
Do the next thing right (make holy decisions)