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Filled with the Spirit

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

How comfortable are you in your sin? When you begin to willingly sin, are you comfortable as you willingly oppose God, or is there a sense of knowing that what you are doing is wrong, yet not really caring? This is a significant question with significant ramifications. Our thoughts and attitudes while in sin reveal a great deal about our hearts.

Jesus promised that after he left, he would send the Spirit to be our helper. The Spirit would convict the world of sin and would remind us of all Jesus did and taught. What we read in Scripture is that when we as believers turn from sin and believe in our hearts that Christ is Lord, we are filled with the Spirit. Interestingly, the Spirit has been at work in our hearts even before we have known it, but it is at the moment of profession that we are filled with the Spirit. This Spirit is of course THE Holy Spirit, one of the members of the Trinity.

Remember back to the Old Testament when God established all of the ceremonial laws in Leviticus? The reason he made such strict laws regarding clean and unclean and holy and defiled things was because he was taking residence in the center of the camp. As Holy, God would not permit sin to reign in the camp.

So in that light, as believers who are filled with the Spirit, can we truly be comfortable living in sin? From my study of Scripture and my interactions with believers who have been in the place of allowing sin to reign, my answer to that is both yes and no. In 1 Thessalonians 5:19, we are commanded to “not quench the Spirit.” This command is given as an obvious possibility for us as believers. To quench in the Bible is like putting water on a fire. It’s like suffocating a fire with a fireproof blanket.

When we willingly sin against God, it is as if we are willingly putting a fireproof blanket on the fire of the Holy Spirit within us. At first, if we truly have the Holy Spirit, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that what we are doing is wrong, and it is not comfortable. Yet, if we continue to do it, we begin losing touch with the Holy Spirit’s conviction because we are quenching the Holy Spirit within us. We are willingly shutting the Spirit out.

Oftentimes what happens is that as we continue to quench the Spirit, we will continue to fade deeper and deeper in our sin. It is only by God’s grace and mercy where we are brought to an incredibly low point where God wakes us up, and we are then very aware of the Spirit’s conviction. This low point is usually some disastrous situation that is an incredible mercy.

If we are not believers, then we do not have the Holy Spirit within us, and so therefore, there will be comfort in our rebellion. Are you struggling in sin? Are you comfortable in rebellion? If so, take a deep look into your heart. Do you know Christ? Have you repented of your sin and believed that he is Lord? If you have, and you are comfortable in our sin, then what is it going to take to snap you out of your rebellion so that you can live the life that God has called you to live? Surrender to him and recognize that the life he has for you is far, far better than the life lived opposed to him!

Pastor Greg

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