“Be Filled With The Spirit”

Ephesians 5:18.

Just think; after almost 400 years of not hearing from God; 400 years when it seemed that the creator of the world and everything in it had forgotten it! But had God forgotten his promises and laid aside his purposes? The answer to that is a resounding “NO”. Paul says in his letter to the Galatian church “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son…” Galatians 4:10.

What an impact it made. In the city of Jerusalem; in the small villages of Nazareth and Bethlehem, strange events were taking place. Ordinary people like us were seeing visions, dreaming dreams and being visited by angels, all in preparation of the birth of the one who was to be called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21.

Another important theme of Christmas, particularly as recorded by Luke, is the activity of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Spirit is mentioned at least 10 times in the first 4 chapters of his Gospel. The angel prophesied to Zechariah that John the Baptist will be “filled with the Holy Spirit” Luke 1:15. When John was born, his father was “…Filled with the Holy Spirit” Luke 1:67. As the days went by there were more manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives, such as Simeon and Anna, Luke 2:25-38. Thirty years or so later, Luke records that Jesus “filled with the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness”.

These repeated references to the Holy Spirit that are interwoven into the Christmas story, reminded me of Ephesians 3:18 “Be filled with the Spirit”. The book of Acts, also written by Luke, is a record of the powerful effect the Holy Spirit had in the life of the Church. As in the Christmas story, the Holy Spirit ‘filled’ people, ‘came upon’ people and ‘led’ people in their walk and witness to the power of God. That same Spirit is available to us today. The greatest gift we can have, apart from Salvation, is the “gift of the Holy Spirit”. Right through the Christmas season and beyond, may our lives, our homes and our gatherings be filled with the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Be blessed,

Eddie.

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