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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2012-03-19 18:24:07
Subject: Spirit Filled

It's difficult to believe that this is still being debated or that it is a cause for division within the Body of Christ, but the term "Filled with the Spirit" is yet used by some to describe and identify various churches as opposed to others.

As the phrase is beginning to resurface in local areas, I find myself once again asking "What does it mean to be Spirit Filled?". Honestly, as I read the scriptures, I have to belief that as Christians, we are all Spirit Filled, whether or not we want to be. If we invite Jesus to be our Lord, he has dominion over us. He will fill us with His Spirit, just as he promised.
I'd venture to say that if you want to know if someone or a local church is "Spirit Filled" or not, get to know them and look at their lives. Do they live their lives like they will someday have to give account to our Father? Do they love one another? Do they love and forgive their enemies, just as Dad forgives us on account of His Son? That is evidence of the Spirit.
Having lived on this fallen world over 40 years, only the latter 20 as a follower of Christ, I can say without a doubt that even if I had witnessed the parting of the Red Sea, the greatest miracle I've ever seen and ever will see, is a changed heart. We humans are corrupt beyond what any doctor can repair; only by His Grace can we be saved and changed.
Personally, I avoid talking about the Spirit whenever possible. This probably has something to do with my Catholic teachings, but also in Matthew we read that the only unforgiveable sin is blasphemy of the Spirit. I think it's especially dangerous to talk about whether or not someone is "Spirit Filled". If we don't like the style of worship in one church or another, it's enough to say that. We don't need to demonize other bodies over such petty differences. Though we are children of God, I don't think it's unhealthy to slightly fear Him, just as we once feared the belts of our earthly fathers. 
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re: Spirit Filled  by Don Pastor on Friday May 18, 2012

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