Be Filled With The Spirit
By W. C. Moore
“Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). This Holy Ghost power is for all believers (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:37-39; Acts 8:15; Acts 10:44,45). The Scriptural command to all believers is “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).
Dr. C I. Scofield points out that there is a difference between having the Holy Spirit, which is true of all believers, and being filled with the Spirit, which is the believer’s privilege and duty.
An earnest, zealous Christian man who had been gloriously saved and felt so greatly blessed that he didn’t see how he could need the baptism with the Holy Ghost, was nevertheless convinced of this need in his own life and ministry when he read how Mary the mother of Jesus was among those 120 who tarried for the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14; 2:1-12).
Two Great Reasons Why Every Believer Should Be filled with the Holy Spirit
First, to give victory over sin. To enable the believer to live an overcoming life (Romans 8:13; Gal. 5:16).
Second, to give the believer power (Holy Ghost power) to do that particular thing--to perform that particular ministry to which that particular believer has been called. Not all are called to the same ministry by any means, but each saved person is called by the Lord to some one or more ministries or methods of witnessing. “All these [gifts] worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will” (1 Cor. 12:11).
Charles G. Finney was an evangelist whose preaching was in the power of the Holy Spirit. He received the baptism with the Holy Ghost the very night after he was saved. He had the ministry of preaching (prophecy, 1 Cor. 12:8,10,11; 1 Cor. 14:3). But among those who labored with him were two men, Brother Clary and Brother Nash, who were not gifted so much with a preaching ministry but who were mighty in prayer.
“To every man his work” Jesus says (Mark 13:34). “Now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him” (1 Cor. 12:18).
We should not aspire to have a ministry like Brother so-and-so if God has not called us to such a ministry. We should desire, with all our heart, to fit into the place and do the work God wants us to do, and seek until we find that place and that work. “Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:17).
And “Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18).