BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT part 2
Freedom to the fullest
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8: 31, 32 NKJV).’”
Continuing in the Word of God brings a progressive and ever-expanding revelation of the truth. The result is great freedom . . . from sin, oppression, and “woundedness.” In short, nothing that corrupts, paralyzes, or imprisons has a grip any longer on one who is truly free.
This is why Jesus could remark, “. . . the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30b NKJV).”
Likewise, when we are full of God’s Spirit the devil has neither foothold nor port of entry into our lives.
We are all tempted on a regular basis to accept these three—sin, oppression, and “woundedness”—as an inescapable part of the human condition.
Many spend the better part of their lives as Christians languishing under the weight of one or more of them. Yet by making allowances for any of these things we resign ourselves to a state that falls far short of His provision.
God Himself is the remedy for each of these crippling influences.
Being full of Him means there is no longer any room for even a wisp of darkness or death.
The victory that He has promised over all these things is absolute:
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death (Rom. 8:2 NASB).”
“In righteousness you shall be established; You will be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you (Is. 54: 14 NKJV).”
“He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds (Ps. 147:3 NKJV).”
Through Christ Jesus there is freedom from the law of sin and death, from the oppression of Satan, and from the disabling hurts of the past.
Progress in the Lord is arrested for him who is still clinging to one or more of these. Yet release from the bondage of them is a tangible reality to those who are walking in the present-tense revelation that comes through the infilling of His Spirit.
Should we discern a lack of freedom in our life experience, it is a warning flag, pointing us to look to Him and again anchor ourselves upon His promise to be filled with the Spirit.
He is generous to meet our need when we acknowledge it, and cry out to Him to be filled.
“Turn at My reproof; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make My words known to you (Prov. 1:23 NKJV).”
Through a fresh baptism in His Spirit, realities that had become dim are made crisp and vibrant once more.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17 NKJV