Are you filled with the Spirit?

Do you want to be?  I want to be!

My online Encarta dictionary tells me that “spirit” is “a vital force that characterizes a living being as being alive.” Well -- I want to be alive.

It goes on to give 15 different definitions; here are just a few…

an enthusiasm and energy for living
somebody’s attitude or state of mind
somebody or something that is a divine, inspiring, or animating influence

 Yes! I want enthusiasm and energy. I want to be influenced by the divine. I want to have a good attitude and a purpose or zest for living. But you know, I can’t always seem to find it.

Jesus promised his disciples and we are in on his promises, too…

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (Helper, Comforter), to be with you forever.” John 14:16
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” Acts 1:8

And it happened to all the believers on the Day of Pentecost (see Acts 2) and Peter went on to preach the words of the prophet Joel that God will “pour out my Spirit upon all people.” Acts 2:17.

So, how can we tap into that Spirit?

How do we find the power for enthusiasm and energy for living?

How might we draw on the divine influence?

Paul tells us in the book of Romans (particularly chapters 5, 8, 15) that all we have to do to let God’s Spirit have its way with us is

- to focus less on self, more on God.
- to worry less about what we know and focus more on who we know
- to not look for the easy way out, but to let God accompany us through it all

I love this blessing from Paul, Romans 15:13 from The Message:
Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy,  fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

May we find time to focus more on God and find that we are filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit!


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