All week I’ve been considering Acts 4 in preparation for tomorrow’s sermon at Grace.
4:8 “The Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, …”
I wonder if we realize what a big deal it is that today, followers of Jesus who know Him because they’ve been saved, have the Holy Spirit. We teach here that a person receives the Holy Spirit when they come to faith in Jesus as their Savior. Romans 8:9-11 tells us that if we know God through Jesus, then we have the Spirit. In Ephesians 5:18 we realize that there is a regular (perhaps daily?) filling of the Holy Spirit. Are there Christians who have the Holy Spirit yet don’t live as though they are filled with the Spirit? Sure.
To be filled with the Spirit is to yield your life to Him and not be “filled with yourself”, but instead, know the Holy Spirit is in you to empower you for serving, loving others and let Him guide you.
Imagine the words, “Then [fill in the blank with your name] filled with the Spirit, said…”