The Secret to Living a Joyful Christian Life
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 man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised." 1 Corinthians 2:14
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2. Spiritual Person: One who is directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
"He who is spiritual appraises all things...We have the mind of Christ" 1 Corinthians 2:15,16
3. Wordly (Carnal) Person: One who has received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the Christian life in his own strength.
"Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly--mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?" 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NIV
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The following are four principles for living the Spirit-filled life:
1. God has provided for us an abundant and fruitful Christian life.
"Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10, NKJ
"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing." John 15:5
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things thee is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere--in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
The following are some personal traits of the spiritual person that result fro trusting God.
The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends on the extent to which the Christian trusts 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 no 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 Christian life?
2. Worldly Christians cannot experience the abundant and fruitful Christian life.
The worldly (carnal) person trusts in his own efforts to live the Christian life:
He is either uninformed about, or has forgotten, God's love, forgiveness, and power (Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 10:1-25; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; 1 Peter 1:9; Acts 1:8).
He has an up-and-down spiritual experience.
He cannot understand himself--he wants to do what is right, but cannot.
He fails to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Romans 7:15-24;8:7; Galatians 5:16-18).
Some or all of the following traits may characterize the worldly person--the Christian who does not fully trust God:
(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; and Ephesians 5:5.)
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3. Jesus promised the abundant and fruitful life as the result of being filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit-filled life is the Christ-directed life by which Christ lives His life in and through us in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 15)
One becomes a Christian through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, according to John 3:1-8. From the moment of spiritual birth, the Christian is indwell by the Holy Spirit at all times (John 1:12; Colossians 2:9,10; John 14:16,17).
Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed, controlled, and empowered) by the Holy Spirit on an ongoing basis.
The Holy Spirit is the source of the overflowing life (John 7:37-39).
The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ (John 16:1-15). When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is a true disciple of Christ.
In His last command before His ascension, Christ promised the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be His witnesses for Him (Acts 1:1-9).
How, then, can one be filled with the Holy Spirit?
4. We are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit by faith; then we can experience the abundant and fruitful life that Christ promised to each Christian.
You can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit right now if you:
Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 5:6; John 7:37-39).
Confess your sins. By faith, thank God that He has forgiven all of your sins--past, present and future--because Christ died for you (Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; Hebrews 10:1-17).
Present every area of your life to God (Romans 12:1,2).
By faith claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit according to:
His command: Be filled with the Spirit. "Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." Ephesians 5:18
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 He hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of Him." John 5:14,15 NIV
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 your faith. The following is a suggested prayer:
Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ's death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.
Does this prayer express the desire of you heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.