Why is Jesus Important?
Have you made the Wonderful Discovery of at the Spirit-Filled Life? Written by Bill Bright, From New Life Publications.
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction. The Bible tells us that there are three kinds of people.
1) Natural Person (one who has not received Christ) "A natural
2) Spiritual Person (One who is directed and empowered by the
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Christ Directed Life
3)Worldly (Carnal) Person (One who has received Christ, but who
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The following are four principles for living the Spirit-filled life.
The following are some personal traits of the spiritual person that result from trusting God: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Goodness, Life is Christ-centered, Empowered by Holy Spirit, Introduces others to Christ, Has effective prayer life, Understands God's Word, Trusts God, Obeys God
The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends on the extent to which the Christian trust the Lord with every detail of his life, and on his maturity in Christ. One who is only beginning to understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit should not be discouraged if he is not as fruitful as more mature Christians who have known and experienced this truth for a longer period.
Why is it that most Christians are not experiencing the abundant life?
2) Worldly Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life.
Some or all of the following traits may characterize the worldly person - the Christian who does not fully trust God: Legalistic attitude, Impure thoughts, Jealousy, Guilt, Worry, Discouragement, Critical Spirit, Frustration, Aimlessness, Fear, Ignorance of his spiritual heritage, unbelief, disobedience, Loss of love for God and for others, Poor Prayer life, No desire for Bible study.
(The individual who professes to be a Christian but who continues to practice sin should realize that he may not be a Christian at all, according to 1 John 2:3; 3:6-9; Ephesians 5:5.)
The third truth gives us the only solution to this problem...
3) Jesus promised the abundant and fruitful life as the result of being filled (directed and
empowered) by the Holy Spirit.
4) We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith; then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life that Christ promised.
You can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit right now if you:
"Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18, NIV).
His promise: He will always answer when we pray according to His will.
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that He hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him" (1 John 5:14, 15, NIV).
Faith can be expressed through prayer...
How to Pray in Faith to be Filled With the Holy Spirit
We are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith alone. However, true prayer is one way of expressing our faith. The following is a suggested prayer:
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.
How to Walk in the Spirit
Faith (trust in God and His promises) is the only way a Christian can live the spirit-directed life. As you continue to trust Christ moment by moment: