Have you made the wonderful discovery
of the Spirit-Filled Life?
The Bible tells us that there are three kinds of
- Natural Man (one who has not received
"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).
Spiritual Man (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).
Carnal Man (One who has
received Christ, but who lives in defeat because he is trying to live the
Christian life in his own strength)
"And I brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to
carnal men, as to babes in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food;
for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet
able, for you are still carnal. For since there is jealousy and strife among
you, are you not fleshy, and are you not walking like mere men?" (1
1. God Has Provided For Us an
Abundant and Fruitful Christian Life
- "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there
is no law" (Galatians 5:22, 23).
- "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and
even to the remotest part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The Spiritual Man - Some spiritual traits which
result from trusting God:
The degree to which these traits are manifested in the life depends upon the
extent to which the Christian trusts the Lord with every detail of his life, and
upon his maturity in Christ. One who is only beginning to understand the
ministry of the Holy Spirit should not be discouraged if he is not as fruitful
as more mature Christians who have known and experienced this truth for a longer
Why is it that most Christians are not experiencing the abundant life?
2. Carnal Christians Cannot
Experience the Abundant and Fruitful Christian Life
The carnal man trusts in his own efforts to live the Christian
- He is either uninformed about, or has forgotten, God's love,
forgiveness, and power (Romans
1 John 2:1-3;
2 Peter 1:9;
- 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 upon the power of the Holy Spirit to live the Christian
The Carnal Man - Some or all of the
following traits may characterize 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,
1 John 2:3;
Ephesians 5:5). Click
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out for sure if you are a Christian.
The third truth gives us the only solution to this problem...
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
- 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 indwelt
by the Holy Spirit at all times (John
John 14:16, 17). Though all Christians are indwelt by the Holy
Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy
- The Holy Spirit is the source of the overflowing
- The Holy Spirit came to glorify Christ (John
16:1-15). When one is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is a true disciple
- In His last command before His ascension, Christ
promised the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to be witnesses for Him (Acts
How, then, can one be filled with the Holy Spirit?
are Filled by the Holy Spirit by Faith; Then We Can Experience the
Abundant and Fruitful Life Which Christ Promised to Each Christian.
You can appropriate the filling of the Holy Spirit
right now if you:
- Present every area of your life to God (Romans
- By faith claim the fullness of the Holy Spirit,
1. His Command - Be filled with
the Spirit. "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation,
but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18).
2. His Promise - He will always
answer when we pray according to His will. "And this is the confidence
which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His
will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask,
we know that we have the requests which we have asked of Him" (1 John
Faith can be expressed through prayer...
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
"Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been
directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned
against You. 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 now thank You for directing my life and for
filling me with the Holy Spirit."