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Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God. (Eph_5:18-21)
When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, what will the results be in his life? What evidences will develop to certify the work of the Spirit in completeness? In some church traditions, which give great thought to the fullness of the Spirit, limited evidences are stressed (such as those mentioned often in Acts: tongues, prophecy, or boldness). The full biblical picture is much larger than this point of view.
Eph_5:18-21 is a typical example of the scriptures broad viewpoint on this subject. In Eph_5:18, the command is given to "be filled with the Spirit." The subsequent verses (Eph_5:19-21) list the spiritual cost that will follow in a life that is characteristically Spirit filled.
When a believer in Jesus Christ is living in the fullness of the Spirit, he will be led and empowered unto fellowship with, and ministry to, others: "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." These words fit those times when believers gather as one for spiritual celebration through music. Some of the music of the church is directed toward other believers in the form of exhortation and edification. A Spirit filled Christian will be involved in "one another’s lives" in the body of Christ.
Closely related to this, however, is the vital presence of a worshiping heart: "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." real fellowship and effective ministry flows forth from an inner life fixed in adoration upon the Lord Himself. A Spirit filled Christian will be a worshiper of the true and living God.
Further, when a disciple of Jesus is filled with the Spirit, his life will typically run over with thanksgiving: "giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." The world and the flesh produce complaints and displeasure. The Spirit of the Lord stirs gratitude and appreciation.
Additionally, servant hood obedience is a common attribute of one who is Spirit filled: "submitting to one another in the fear of God." Natural humankind wants to control people and use mastery over them. The Spirit of Christ, the servant of all (Mat_20:28), brings forth humble service from those who revere the Lord.
Father, I bow before Your command to be filled with the Spirit. This I need; this I desire. Lord, forgive me for times of seclusion and selfishness. Flood me with Your Spirit unto fellowship and ministry. Forgive any dead religion in me and fill me unto true worship. Forgive my griping and complaining and engulf me unto thanksgiving. Forgive my desires to rule and fill me unto servanthood, through Christ, I pray, Amen.
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