Friday, May 22, 2015

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit

In this study, we look at what it means to be "filled with The Holy Spirit".  We also look at how to create an atmosphere to usher in the presence of The Holy Spirit, and what it means to "worship in the Spirit and truth".


  • Acts 8:14-17
  • Luke 10: 17-21
  • Acts 2:1-17
  • Acts 4:23-31
  • 1 Sam 19:18-24
  • Luke 4:23-27
  • Mark 6: 1-6
  • Acts 3:1-8,16
  • Acts 14:8-10
  • Mark 10:46-52
  • Exodus 8:1
  • Ephesians 5:18-20
  • John 4:23-24
  • 1 Cor 14:14-16
  • John 14:6
  • John 16:12-15

Review of “The Anointing of The Holy Spirit”

  • Last week we defined the Gift of Revelation and looked at an example of it regarding "the Name of Jesus"
  • We discussed the difference between the "Anointing of the Holy Spirit" vs. "Being Filled by the Holy Spirit"
  • We saw that the anointing of the Holy Spirit happens when you take on a new responsibility.
  • We looked at examples of, judges, prophets, priest, and kings including David who, upon being anointed for their position, also received the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
  • The anointing of the Holy Spirit meant that the Holy Spirit came within them and helped equip them with whatever qualities they needed for the new role.  This anointing stayed with them for their entire life or until they no longer served in that responsibility.
  • We saw that the words Christ and Messiah mean "the anointed one" and saw that Christ was anointed by the Holy Spirit prior to starting His ministry.
  • We discussed that when we take on new responsibilities in the church, whether it be: choir director, pastor, usher, or Sunday school teacher, we should pray to God for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to equip us for that role
  • We discussed how when we become Christians, we are anointed or "indwelt" by the Holy Spirit.
  • Finally, we discussed that being filled by the Holy Spirit differed from being anointed by the Holy Spirit because when you’re filled with the Holy Spirit it is only for a shorter period of time.  

Acts 8:14-17

Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Being Filled With The Holy Spirit
This week we further discuss being filled by the Holy Spirit

So we saw last week that once you become a Christian, The Holy Spirit is indwelt in you for the rest of your life.  So being filled with the Holy Spirit doesn’t mean that the Spirit wasn’t in you and now it’s in you.  It’s similar the being “filled with anger” or “filled with fear”.  “Being Filled” with the Holy Spirit means that your mind, will, and or emotions are being influenced or controlled by the Holy Spirit.  

If you squeeze an orange what comes out?
  • orange juice
If you squeeze a grape what comes out?
  • grape juice
If you squeeze a Christian what comes out?
  • ??
  • squeeze = being put under pressure
  • traffic jam, laid off, someone you love treats you badly, someone disrespects you
  • not cursing, anger, irritation, fear & anxiety, worry, impatience
    it should be the Holy Spirit coming out
  • the fruits of the Spirit
    • love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

You have anger in you, you have fear in you, and you have the Holy Spirit in you.  Sometimes you're controlled by fear or anger.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit is when you are being controlled by The Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit influences your mind, will, and emotions for a period of time.

What Happens When You Get Filled By The Holy Spirit

Luke 10: 17-21
17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
18He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
21At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden [the truth] from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
  • What happened to Jesus when He was filled with the Holy Spirit?
    • He became full of joy

Acts 2:1-21

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

  • What happened to the apostles when they were filled by the Holy Spirit?
    • they spoke in tongues

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17 “‘In the last days, God says,

   I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

   your young men will see visions,

   your old men will dream dreams.

  • What did the verse Peter read say would happen when you’re filled by The Holy Spirit?

    • you will prophesy, see visions, and dream dreams

  • Who did God say He would pour out His Spirit on in the last Days?

  • How is this different than the anointing we saw last week?

    • There was not a change in position

    • They received their power temporarily

Acts 4:23-31

23 On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25 You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:

“‘Why do the nations rage

   and the peoples plot in vain?

26 The kings of the earth rise up

   and the rulers band together

against the Lord

   and against his anointed one.

27 Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28 They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30 Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

  • What does it mean "you spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David"?

  • Who is the Lord's anointed one?
  • What happened when they were filled with the Holy Spirit
    • They spoke the word of God boldly

Creating an Environment to Usher in the Presence of the Holy Spirit

You can create an environment that draws God and makes the supernatural more likely to occur

1 Sam 19:18-24
18When David had fled and made his escape, he went to Samuel at Ramah and told him all that Saul had done to him. Then he and Samuel went to Naioth and stayed there. 19Word came to Saul: “David is in Naioth at Ramah”; 20so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied. 21Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. 22Finally, he himself left for Ramah and went to the great cistern at Seku. And he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?”
“Over in Naioth at Ramah,” they said.
23So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. 24He stripped off his garments, and he too prophesied in Samuel’s presence. He lay naked all that day and all that night. This is why people say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

Necessity of Faith

Luke 4:23-27

23 Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

24 “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25 I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27 And there were many in Israel with leprosy[g] in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

  • Why couldn’t Elisha heal in his own town?  

Mark 6: 1-6

Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,[a] Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.

4 Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home." 5 He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 He was amazed at their lack of faith.

  • Why couldn’t Jesus heal in his own town?
    • there was a lack of faith

Acts 3:1-8,16

3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk.


16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

  • Was it Jesus’ name along that healed the man?
    • It was the name and the faith that comes through him

We see that FAITH is a crucial factor in the Holy Spirit performing miracles.

How To Create An Environment of Faith

The atmosphere of faith is crucial to a healing meeting


  • Word of Knowledge often precedes a miracle because it gives people faith

  • Words of Knowledge are used to create faith that produces the healing

  • A Word of Knowledge itself could bring about healing.


Once you've seen something it takes you to another level of expectation.

Testimonies can increase faith.

Before speaking at new churches Bill Johnson would tell stories of miracles that happened to allow the people to believe that it was possible

Acts 14:8-10

8 In Lystra there sat a man who was lame. He had been that way from birth and had never walked. 9 He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed 10 and called out, “Stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk.

Distributing as He wills: Though the manifestations of the Spirit are given as the Spirit wills, they still must be received with faith by the believer. He distributes and we receive, and the receiving and exercising of the gifts is often very natural. 

Mark 10:46-52

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

  • Did Jesus heal the man?
    • his faith in Jesus healed him


What is worshipping God?

Exodus 8:1
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.
  • Did he mean singing?

Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity
  • It doesn’t necessarily mean singing
  • More importantly, when it is singing it doesn’t just mean religious songs. It means songs that show reverence and adoration to God.

Whatever you worship:
  • you become like
  • you become less than
  • you empower

  • a principle that's been empowered by worship
Worship closes the gap between heaven and earth

Ephesians 5:18-20
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,   
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,   
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   

Spirit and Truth

John 4:23-24

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth

  • What does it mean to worship in Spirit and in truth?
    • let’s look at another verse to get a better idea

In Spirit

1 Cor 14:14-16
14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
16 Else, when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say “Amen” at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

Worshiping in Spirit similar to praying in the Spirit means not singing from your mind.  It’s being overcome and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us.  It is singing while having your emotions overtaken by the Holy Spirit.

We previously discussed that “pray in” means:
The Greek word translated “pray in” can mean
  • “by means of,”
  • “with the help of,”
  • “in the sphere of,”
  • “in connection to.”

It’s the same with “worship in” the Spirit.

In Truth

John 14:6

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

We cannot enter into the presence of God except through Jesus.  Sin separates us from God, so unless we have had all of our sins removed or forgiven we cannot come into the presence of God.

John 16:12-15
12 “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”


Through prayer we can come into the presence of God.  We can be filled by the Holy Spirit.


When people are expecting the Holy Spirit to move that’s what stimulates the Holy Spirit.  It’s analogous to faith.


Sin separates you from God

You can repent for your sins.

Therefore, the presence of non-believers can hinder the presence of the Holy Spirit because their sins have not been forgiven.  

The love of God is unconditional.  If you confess your sins and repent it doesn’t matter what your sins were.  His love isn’t based on your performance.

The Holy Spirit likes repentance, confession, I’m sorry

Desire to be Near to God

Seeking God


Everyone who was desperate for a miracle in the New Testament got one.  --Michael Smith

I've gone beyond the fear of man
I’ve gone beyond the fear of death
I’ve used up all my resources
You’re the only hope that I have left
 -- “I’m Desperate For You”

A Good Reaction

An Expressive and Emotional Reaction

Like the cook enjoys a good response so does God

-- Michael Pitt

Why Does The Holy Spirit Fill Us?

What is the purpose of being filled by the Holy Spirit?
  • To edify the church
  • To convert non-believers
  • To praise and worship God
  • To pray the will of God

An exposure to the Holy Spirit:

  • identifies your destiny

  • gives you a hunger for God

  • gives you your giftings

  • gives you the mind of Christ


When filled with the Holy Spirit:
  • You may get spiritual gifts
  • You may prophesy (speak the words from God)
  • You may have visions and dreams
  • You may speak the word boldly
  • You may heal people
  • You may perform miracles
  • It may improve your worship
  • You can become full of joy
  • You can become full of power
  • You can become full of love

To create an environment to draw the Holy Spirit :
  • Faith
  • Worship
  • prayer
  • Expectation
  • Righteousness
  • Desire to be Near God
  • You have a good reaction to His presence


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