Are You Continually Being Filled With the Holy Spirit?

Folks, I must admit that if you ask 10 Christians what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, you will probably get 10 very different answers.  And most all of them will probably have validity in their explanation.  While I have distinct thoughts on this matter myself, let’s look at what Paul has to say:

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Ephesians 5:18-21 ESV

We see that Paul mentions three key things here.  That doesn’t mean that the gifts of the Spirit are to be disregarded; rather, a Spirit-filled Christian will definitely exhibit these three main traits:

  1. Worship (v. 19)
  2. Thankfulness (v. 20)
  3. Submission (v. 21)

Are you being continually filled with the Holy Spirit?  Do you exhibit these traits?  The Greek here indicates a continual process of being filled – not a one time thing.

Take a moment to evaluate how these three traits are evident or lacking in your life and ask God, the Father to fill you with his Holy Spirit!

Blessings!

The Power of Godly Friends…

Every once in awhile the Holy Spirit will provide an epiphany out of the blue from a seemingly mundane experience.  Today was one such day.

I was packing up to leave from work when I got a call from a friend of mine in Jackson, TN (I live in Florida).  He was calling back regarding a message I left on his voice mail last week and he finally had the opportunity to call back.  He’s not a “regular” kind of friend…he’s one of those friends that you can pick up a conversation from a year ago and not miss a beat…one where there are no awkward pauses when you resume a conversation after not talking for quite some time.  After I hung up from our half-hour conversation I realized something: there’s power in Godly friendships.

When the power of God forges a friendship, the Holy Spirit is able to flow though that bond and make both of you stronger as a result.  I have a few friends that match this description.  All it takes is a few words of conversation with them and, like a small rudder, those few utterances have the power to alter the course of a day, a week, and maybe even a life.

How are your friends?  Do they breathe life into you or drain your energy?  I challenge you to build those relationships that bless, challenge, nurture, and revive you.  They have the power to change your life!

Thank you, Father, for reminding me that you provide for all of our needs through a variety of sources – not the least of which is our friends.

Be blessed!

Pneuma of Life

If you noticed the URL for this blog, you probably were trying to figure out what on earth it meant.  I’ve seen several blogs and websites that cleverly use a play on words to conceptually convey the overarching theme for the site.  That being the case, I set about to create one for myself.  I had several great ideas, but they were all taken.  The whole process was starting to frustrate me.  I had a great idea for a blog and I was excited about blogging consistently, but I couldn’t even get the thing off the ground without a name.  About that time, I remembered this set of videos I saw the other day in the Christian bookstore called Nooma (no recommendation implied – perhaps that will be a topic for later).  The title for the series, “Nooma”, was a play on the ancient Greek work pneuma (πνεύμα).  Translated, pneuma means “breath” and in the religious context, “spirit” or “soul” is implied.

So, not only did I find a fitting phrase – it also has double meaning.  I want to offer a breath of life into an otherwise mundane world, but I also want to convey the beauty, magnificence, power, and grace, and glory of the Spirit of Life in my writings as well.

Blessings!