The Importance of a Spirit-filled Life Part 2

 

When you fellowship with God and walk in obedience to Him, it will be evident to all!

 

EPHESIANS 5:18,19

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.

Being filled with the Spirit and speaking to yourself in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs is something that you do just for yourself and not to someone else. We are to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Now it may be something that the Holy Ghost gives you or it may be a song that has already been given by the Holy Spirit.

Many of the songs in song books today, if you look at them closely you will notice that they are unscriptural, and filled with unbelief. Those songs are not anointed by the Holy Ghost. But on the other hand, there are many songs that have been given to people, and they are anointed by the Holy Ghost! These songs register in our hearts and, before you know it, we’re singing them!

Another mark of a Spirit-filled life is found in Acts chapters 2 and 10. When you were filled with the Holy Ghost, you spoke something. Acts 2 says, “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak”! You can’t be filled with the Holy Ghost without speaking.

 

And once you are filled with the Holy Ghost, God wants you to keep on speaking to yourself and to Him.

Now let’s look at what the Bible says concerning Cornelius and his household.

ACTS 10:44-46

44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word.

45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.

46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God....

Verses 44 through 46 tell us that the people heard the Word of God and the Holy Ghost fell on them all. Immediately they spoke with tongues and began to magnify the Lord. And God will give you a song or a psalm to sing.

A psalm is a spiritual poem or an ode. It may rhyme or it may not rhyme, but there is an element of poetry about it. There are one hundred and fifty psalms in the Old Testament that have been given by the Spirit of God. Many of them were given to David by the gift of prophecy. They were inspired by the Holy Ghost.

 

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Word for Today: "Receptive Listening"

Receptive listening is the willingness to gather information before making judgments.  It’s a skill that is common in effective leaders.  They listen carefully and not stifle the flow of good ideas that might help the effort.  Effective leaders do two things:  they ask questions, and they listen. This makes people like them, respect them, and want to bring them information.  Moses was one of the greatest leaders of all time, he was a receptive listener.