• W. Austin Gardner

Biblical Communication 13



The best way to avoid grieving the Holy Spirit would be to be filled with Him Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18. If we are saved, then the Holy Spirit already lives in us Romans 8:9.


Being filled with the Spirit from Ephesians 5:18 has a parallel passage in Colossians 3:16, which would indicate that being filled with the Word of God has much to do with being filled with the Spirit of God.


We need to yield ourselves. Give up our will and seek His will. Being filled is living in obedience to the Holy Spirit of God and the Word of God. It is being sensitive as we read and pray. It means all that we think or do we want to find God’s will, God’s opinion.


Being filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit means obedience. Disobedience means grieving, quenching, rebelling against the Holy Spirit.


We know that the Holy Spirit is represented at least once as a dove. He is holy, pure, and sensitive. He works to make us into the very image and character of Christ.


The Holy Spirit is truth, so we want to walk in truth. He wants us to be consumed with and by the very Word of God. The born-again believer can live in victory. We can walk in the Spirit, filled with, controlled by, and yielded to Him.


The Christian life is a walk. We walk to obey the Holy Spirit and not do what we would desire to do. Galatians 5:16. We do not want to walk in disobedience. So being filled is based on our yielding ourselves and allowing Him to direct our lives.


Since we know, we can grieve Him, quench Him, and rebel against Him, and we will stay in the Word of God to know what He thinks and be sensitive to His promptings or dealings in our lives.


He will continue to grow us. The Holy Spirit will guide our lives. So I want to present my body to the Lord Romans 12:1-2. I want to ask God to work in and through me. I want to live in obedience. I want to trust God that He is doing precisely that.

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