As a believer, have you ever started your day by telling yourself that your going to be kind to everyone you meet. Then on the way to work someone cuts you off, nearly causing an accident. You yell and wave your fist at the other driver. That’s the end of your “kind day” and you didn’t even get to work yet! The fact is that none of us are very successful in changing our behavior, are we? As long as we are trying to do it in our own strength, we will eventually fail. We have good intentions, but our sinful nature wins the day all too often.
Our strength lies in what the Apostle Paul said: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.”
When we are comfortable doing things the old way, our lives are much more difficult and much less effective for the kingdom of God than they otherwise could be. You may ask: “Haven’t I been baptized in the Holy Spirit when I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and shouldn’t the Holy Spirit be taking over automatically?” When we become saved it’s not a matter of “cruise conrtol.” Sure, we can cruise all the way to heaven if we desire, because believers received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and were baptized into the body of Christ; but how about a Spirit filled life that’s makes a difference for the kingdom of God?
Being filled by the Holy Spirit is as simple as asking and receiving. You can do that now, right where you are. Ask Jesus, our wonderful Lord and Savior, to baptize you in he Holy Spirit right now. This act releases within believers the supernatural empowerment to do all that God calls us to do. Remember “believers” were baptized in the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2), with Philip in Samaria (Acts 8), and in the apostle Paul’s ministry in Ephesus (Acts 19.)