We need to be ever reminded that being filled with the Holy Spirit is not a one-off event but an ever-new on-going experience. Ephesians 5:18 AMP says: “And do not be drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but ever be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit”. This being filled with the Holy Spirit brings a freshness to the way that we live. The Apostle John was filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and it is recorded some 60 years later in Revelation 1:8 that John was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and being in the Spirit (filled with the Holy Spirit) he received the revelation which is recorded in the book of Revelation.  When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we will live a different life because of this ongoing experience. Galatians 5:16 says: “I say then walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”- ungodly desires are overcome by being filled with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NLT says: “If we are now living by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our life”. It is so important to realize that being filled with the Holy Spirit affects the way that we live.  Galatians 5:22-23 NLT says: “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here is no conflict with the law”. We are told in 1 Corinthians 14:2 that our heavenly language does not come from our mind but our spirit and recently I heard of a scientific experiment that verified this truth. A major Christian university in America took several people who were wired to record their brain activity, they were asked to speak a set piece of writing and their brain activity was noted. The same people were then asked to use their heavenly language and to the surprise of the people who were recording the brain activity, there was no brain activity. They concluded that your heavenly language does not come from your brain but another source ( which the bible says is our spirit). I want to now summarize what the bible teaches as evidence of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Firstly we have a heavenly language that builds us up and is powerful in praying. Secondly, we receive strength and God-given ability to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Next, we have an unquenchable desire to talk about what Jesus is doing in our lives every opportunity that we have. And finally,  my way of living shows the fruit of the Spirit in every situation of my life.

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