What is Being Filled With the Spirit

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Have you heard pastors and other Christians speaking about being filled with the Spirit? But what does that mean exactly? How does one get filled with the Spirit? Here are the answers and what you need to do to become spirit-filled.

What does being filled with the Spirit mean?

“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

–Acts 13:52

If you’ve ever met a very enthusiastic Christian, you might think that is the definition of someone who is “filled with the spirit.” And it can be. But then again, that person may simply be enthusiastic but not necessarily spirit-filled. So what’s the difference?

Signs of the spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.”

– Galatians 5:22-23

Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit show definite signs or “fruits” by way of their thoughts, words, actions, and behavior, such as those described in the above verse.

When someone is filled with the Holy Spirit, they become a new person.

This transformation comes from faith in Jesus Christ, loving God, and allowing the Holy Spirit to enter your heart.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

– 2 Corinthians 13:14

How to become filled with the Holy Spirit

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

– Romans 8:14

According to the late Billy Graham: “To be filled with the Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit; to be so completely yielded to Christ that our supreme desire is to do His will.”

The first thing we must do before becoming filled with the Holy Spirit is release our own will and submit to God to lead us by His will.

You can’t become spirit-filled on your own, but must start the process

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

– John 14:15-17

We can’t become Spirit-filled on our own. However, we absolutely must be the one who starts the process by studying the Bible, following Christ’s words, loving God, and releasing our will as a way of opening our heart to the Holy Spirit entering us.

Once the Holy Spirit, which Jesus called “the helper,” comes upon us, the Spirit will go to work on our heart and mind. The Holy Spirit will foster our development, helping us to produce the “fruits of the spirit.” As the Spirit grows within us, we become more and more spirit-filled. Jesus said:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

–John 14:26