When (last) were you filled with the Spirit?

Many of us have had someone ask us before; “When were you filled with the Spirit?”, but have you ever been asked “When LAST were you filled with the Spirit?”? Paul would have:

Ephesians 5:18-21
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 and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

I really enjoyed my conversation with Levra in a previous post. It reminded me that it is one thing to RECEIVE the Spirit for the first time and another thing to REMAIN filled by Him daily as Paul pleads here. Unfortunately, besides “read your bible and pray every day”, PRACTICAL teaching on how to be continuously filled with the Spirit after conversion is not common in my circles. Yet it seems that Paul spent much energy prioritizing this very issue with his young converts. My feeling is that many of the things which we need and desire as Christians are not in us but in Him – not default privileges but rather dependent upon whether or not we are filled with His Spirit. Do you agree?

I would love for you to share your experiences in this regard to encourage each other. What has God taught you about how to remain in the Spirit in real life? In a very practical sense, what has worked and what has not? Looking forward to sharing…

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2 thoughts on “When (last) were you filled with the Spirit?

  1. A brief comment…
    Being filled with the Spirit is directly linked with studying the Scriptures, prayer, and living a holy life of worship and thanksgiving to God in all spheres. Thus, the statement by Paul that we should be “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and that we should be “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ,” “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord”…
    It’s worth reading a little earlier in Eph 5 – e.g. vs 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all
    goodness and righteousness and truth).
    Quenching the Spirit is a consequence of doing/being involved with the opposite, as far as I can see – e.g. look at 1 Thess 5, esp vs 19… note the echo again in vs 18 “in every thing give thanks”.

    • Hi kenguy,

      Thanks for the response. I agree that there are many other passages which speak into this topic. Back to your comments: are you meaning that when you do these things you are automatically filled with the Spirit? If not, when have they worked for you and when haven’t they? And how do you tell the difference?

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