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Are We Truly Filled with the Holy Spirit?

Many Christians who have testified to “being filled with the Holy Spirit,” are so desperate for God, that they have travelled the world to be in ‘the place’ where God is moving. This is a very good thing, because it reveals their hunger; nevertheless, (let’s be very honest here and I write as one who has travelled the world), if we were truly ‘filled’ with the Holy Spirit, would we need to travel so far to get ‘another touch’ of His presence and power?

If He truly filled us and lived in us, in the same way He lived in others from previous generations, we would already be abiding in Him – in His power, in His presence and in His glory. We would not need to search for Him, because we would have already found Him!

There are many who have walked this path in the past like D.L. Moody, Rees Howells, Evan Roberts, Duncan Campbell and Samuel Rees Howells to name just five; all became channels of God’s power in their generation. What was their secret?

The power which flowed through them was measured to their relationship with Christ and obedience to the Spirit of Christ. They did not have power to use as they wished at anytime, it was the Holy Spirit who led them into His work, and His power was manifested in His way, at His time, and always subject to His guidance.

Therefore, like these servants of God, our obedience is the evidence that we love God. If there is no evidence in our lives of obedience, then there is no love for Him in us! Whatever He tells you to do, do it! Jesus said, “You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14).

This is an excerpt from the book Holy Spirit Power! Knowing the Voice, Guidance and Person of the Holy Spirit’ by Paul Backholer and is used by permission.

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