Spirit-Filled And Spirit-Led Lives

“You could feel the Spirit in that place.”
Or, “You could really sense the presence of the Spirit.”
When a person says those things, what do they mean?
They are referring to the feeling or experience they had in a worship service. It’s not something you can measure… it’s really and individual thing. You can’t see the Holy Spirit; you can only experience His power.
Thousands of years ago, the prophet Joel said “It will come after this That I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28). This prophesy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.
So, with Joel telling us that the Lord will pour out His spirit, what does it mean to live a spirit-filled life? Spirit-filled living is often associated with emotion… and there may be some emotion present… it actually depends upon the person… some people are more emotional than others. But, does the absence of emotion mean one isn’t filled with the Spirit? No!
Paul talked about what it means to be filled with the Spirit in Galations 5. Paul said, “The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness.. etc… ” So, when a person is filled with the Spirit their lives will be filled with those fruits.
So, do an evaluation of your life; is it filled with love, patience and kindness? Those and the other fruit associated with spirit-filled living should be evident in our lives. There is nothing wrong with emotion if that is how a person feels led to worship but Spirit-filled living is not based on emotion. It’s based on living the Christian life.
An old professor at Southern seminary once said that an indication you are filled with the Spirit is not how high you jump when you get it, but how straight you walk when you come down.”
Today and every day let’s try to live spirit-filled and spirit-led lives.

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