Your Closest Relative
If you have received Jesus as your Savior, your closest relative is God. The Godhead includes God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus has become your brother. His Father has become your Father. And you have been given God the Holy Spirit who lives within you and fills you with Himself.
Hebrews 2:11: For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
My Pastor, Kent McBay pointed out that being filled with the Spirit is a command. But obeying it will result in great blessing. Jesus wants to be your most influential relative. He should be and He will be if you permit Him to be. No one else can live in your heart like He does. No one else can influence your heart like He can. Pastor McBay: He empowers us in ways that couldn*t happen without Him. Many who have Christ in their hearts minimize His influence upon them. They live like the black sheep of the family. Apart from their salvation they do not permit Jesus to be their most influential relative. They pretend that He is not their most influential relative and they live like He is not. Christians like that are dysfunctional. They do not walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
So when and how are we filled with the Spirit and how do we walk in the Spirit. Pastor McBay put together some wonderful thoughts and scriptures about that. There are some simple and understandable ways that we can be filled with the Spirit and getting them right it is a good start in the right direction and there are some simple and understandable things that get us going in the wrong direction.
Ephesians 5:18-21: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Ephesians 4:30-32: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ*s sake hath forgiven you.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-24: And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work*s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.