Be Filled With The Spirit!

hawk and snakeThe Eagle does not fight the snake on the ground. It picks it up into the sky and changes the battleground, and then it releases the snake into the sky. The snake has no stamina, no power, and no balance in the air. It is useless, weak and vulnerable – unlike on the ground where it is powerful, wise and deadly.

Take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying and when you are in the spiritual realm God takes over your battles. Don’t fight the enemy in his comfort zone, change the battleground like the Eagle and let God take charge through your earnest prayer. You’ll be assured of clean victory. Pray without ceasing!                                                                          (shared on Facebook by Jonathan Kobayashi)

Many of us want to make changes in our lives.   We strive to grow and to be better people. We long to become more like Christ, but we don’t know how. Therefore, we continue to stumble and fall over the same things over and over again.   Knowing this, God gave us a special gift… the gift of the Holy Spirit. Why? So that we could do what we couldn’t do in our flesh.

The Bible says to be filled with the Holy Spirit. How? By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. By trusting in His Word. Believe that you have died with Christ on the Cross. It is no longer you who lives, but Christ lives in you (Gal.2:20). You have now entered the Spiritual realm. As you meditate on this simple but deep truth, thank Him. Rejoice in your new birth. Sing praises in your heart to the Lord.   Keep praying to God the Father of your needs, knowing that He is with you, as He has promised. Allow Him to do the inner work in your hearts. And through this work, the outward fruit of a changed inner life will begin to blossom.

15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.  Eph.5:15-21

15そういうわけですから、賢くない人のようにではなく、賢い人のように歩んでいるかどうか、よくよく注意し、16 機会を十分に生かして用いなさい。悪い時代だからです。 17ですから、愚かにならないで、主のみこころは何であるかを、よく悟りなさい。 18また、酒に酔ってはいけません。そこには放蕩があるからです。御霊に満たされなさい。19 詩と賛美と霊の歌とをもって、互いに語り、主に向かって、心から歌い、また賛美しなさい。 20いつでも、すべてのことについて、私たちの主イエス・キリストの名によって父なる神に感謝しなさい。 21キリストを恐れ尊んで、互いに従いなさい。エペソ5:15−21

God Bless You!

(The above post is a summary of the message shared with us on Pentecost Sunday, June 1,  at our ZOOM worship time by Richard Nakamura)