Ephesians 4:18, “Be filled with the Spirit”.   It goes against man’s nature to relinquish control.  We have the need to do.  But in some things, scripture tells us to be.  The church goes about doing.  We have man-planned programs; revivals, bible studies, and Christmas plays, all without bothering to ask God what He wants to do.  We have perfectly planned services and we have disorderly services, all without the leading of Holy Spirit.  People want their do to determine their be, instead of their be determining what they do.   “I’m a prophet”, “I’m a Pastor”, “I flow in the Gift of Tongues”, we don’t get our identity by what we do.  We are not our gifts, they are not essential to what we are, but what we are is essential to what we do.   “Be” is a passive imperative, which means we are not to act.  We are to be passive and let Holy Spirit do the work.  We just need to be.  A lot of times, what the church does, turns people off to Christianity.  They see all this doing without any beingThey see the religious activities that take place on Sunday and then they see the way the church body acts on Monday.  Our be doesn’t match our do“Be filled with the Spirit” is an everyday command.  This is a lifestyle.  If we are filled with the Spirit, we flow with the Spirit.  Holy Spirit controls our actions.  Holy Spirit can work through us as we submit to Him.

          The church has to be.  We must bring integrity back to the church.  We must be full of power but also full of Holy Spirit everyday.  There are things we have to do“Be doers of the Word, not hearers only”, (James 1:22).  “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33).  “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”, (1 Corinthians 10:31).  “Faith without works is dead…” (James 2:26).  All of these are active imperatives, things we must do.  But “Be filled with the Spirit”, means just be.

           Let Holy Spirit fill you, live in you, and direct all of your doings.  If we do that, Holy Spirit will never offend, will never condemn, will never embarrass, will never cause confusion, will never be out of order, and will never bring attention to man.  Holy Spirit will only bring attention to Father. 

          So, if we will just be filled with Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit will lead, guide, and direct us and we will never be so outlandish or so dead, that we turn people away.  Instead, we will be so joyful, loving, anointed, powerful, and full of integrity, that we will draw people to God.  Believe me, the world is watching.  They are looking for something real and life-changing.  If we will “Be filled with the Spirit” and allow Holy Spirit to operate in us as He wills, we can operate in His life-changing power.  We can, again, be the powerful healing, miracle-working, faith-filled church we were intended to be.

This is an excerpt from 

“Holy Spirit Made Me Do It:  

A Christian’s Guide to Spiritual Etiquette” 

See “HSMMDI” page for details. 

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