How am I filled with the Spirit?
Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
We are filled with the Holy Spirit, just as much as we are emptied of our self will.
In order for that to happen, we need to submit to the rule and sway of Christ as King; our King.
And let His kingdom come within us.
It will only come to us, by His Will being done by us.
Subjection has become a “bad word” today. Of course to the wrong elements, it is. But subjection to Christ is freedom.
“What!, you say, that can’t be. Subjection is bondage; you HAVE to do.”
The Reality, which is subjection to Christ is a love relationship. You KNOW that He loves you (No, it is not just the knowledge of the head, having heard it so many times).
It is a closeness of His Spirit, a sweetness of His Voice (even when He corrects us), and such a sense of Rest of heart, and mind (and my mind usually goes around in circles pretty good).
Hosea 11:4 “I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.”
Jesus Christ came as a man to show us the great love He had for us: by His sacrifice to save us from our sins (and they are the real bondage).
Song of Solomon 8:7 “Many waters can not quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”
We can not give anything for the Love of God, for He has loved us with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3). Before we were born, God loved us; by the Love of His Will. It was not because there was anything in us that drew Him to us; definitely not as far as I am concerned!
Nor was it because He saw what we would do for Him, after conversion. Or because of what we would become.
No, He loved us because of one reason: He willed to do so.
Matthew 6:10 says, His kingdom come, His will done in earth, as it is in heaven.
And Jesus taught that we should pray this.
In heaven it is done willingly, joyfully, completely. But also with fullness of power.
He has this sort of power for us; but to get it down here into us we need to have His kingdom come with in us.
It is not so much: How much do I have of God? But how much does He have of me?
For we are filled with the Holy Spirit to the degree or extent, that we are willingly emptied of ourself life.
Imagine jars filled with water. Now, imagine you are going to fill them with oil.
They won’t mix, so one of them will “push” the other out.
The oil comes in; and the water flows out.
This is the filling of the Holy Spirit. He flows in, at new birth.
But if we just let Him have that much of us, it is like a skim of oil on top of the water.
But if we yield to Him, and be obedient to His direction; then He keeps flowing in, and our self life, flows out.
We have more “want to”, more power to do, and more knowledge and joy in the doing.
This is to be being filled with the Holy Spirit; and it is only as we submit to Christ’s rule in us; as subject to King.
Under His command, doing His Will.