31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. NAS
As a Christian, it is quite easy to get timid and go with the flow of the world around us. Television promotes unholy lifestyles, movies are filled with things we should not watch, and even music can be filled with filthy language and graphic ideas that we should not expose our hearts to. All of this contributes to the very sad world we live in. If you take it as is and just go with it, you will be disappointed. However, if you go with God’s way you will never be disappointed.
There is this feeling out there that Christians have to suffer and be humble to be holy. My friend from Australia who grew up in the Salvation Army said that was what he learned. And you know what? He wants nothing to do wih that type of lifestyle. But you know, God wants nothing to do with that either.
God is a god of light. There is no darkness in Him. He would never expose Himself to any of the dark things in the media that we mentioned above and neither should we. How are we to respond? If you are starting to watch TV and they are showing things that you know you shouldn’t be watching, turn it off. If the music is bad, switch the radio station to something that glorifies God or turn on your music player.
As we look around the world we live in, we see a lot of people that call themselves ‘Christians’. The word Christ-ian means ‘Christ-like’. If we are doing the exact same things the world is doing, how can we be like Jesus Christ the Anointed? Furthermore, if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit we are ‘missing the boat’ spiritually because we have not been empowered by the spiritual strength of the Spirit that God gave us specifically for living on this earth. It is deplorable, that people have labeled conflict as something Christian. Terrorism is not a Christian in any way. Years ago the Catholics and other denominations were supposedly fighting in Ireland. These folks were not Christian. They were just religious people making up excuses to fight.
God wants us to be filled with His Spirit. Why? So that we can have power. In Acts, the word for this power is ‘dunamis’. Dunamis is the Greek word that we get words like dynamite from. Dunamis is the explosive power of God. If you have confessed Jesus the Anointed as your savior, but yet have not been filled with the Holy Spirit, then you need that filling. You need that empowering for daily life.
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.. NKJV
The ‘be filled with the Spirit’ above should literally be translated, ‘be being filled with the Spirit’. In the English language, we call this the present progressive tense. Something I am doing now, that continues (or is progessing) on into the future.
That would be a pretty good indication that Spirit-filled Christians have to consistently make sure they are spending time in the Word, spending time in His presence (praying), and praying the Spirit (praying in tongues). Getting filled up with the things of God will help you in the time of need. In Acts 4:8, Peter stood up before religious folks and the Holy Spirit empowered him to speak with boldness. They noticed.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 NKJV
The world gets drunk to solve their problems. We all know that when you become sober again the trouble is still there to be dealt with. Christian Believers should be so filled with the Holy Spirit, that when the trouble comes, He gives us the wisdom and the power to deal with.
Posted on 13 December, 2006