Thursday, June 16, 2011

Convo with Pastor - What are you FILLED with?


be filled with the Spirit
Ephesians 5:18
 
For the last few days we've been talking about how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Yesterday, we said one of the steps was confession.
 
Today I want to reiterate that step. Why? Because our heart will always be filled with something.
 
Think about it. What else competes for space in our hearts? Material possesions? Pride? Anger? Unforgiveness? Scripture adds it's own list of things that fill our hearts. 
  • Rage: all in the synagogue were FILLED WITH rage -- Luke 4:28
  • Jealousy: the high priest took action ... being FILLED WITH jealousy -- Acts 5:17
  • Darkness: If your eye is ... not healthy, your body is FULL OF darkness. -- Luke 11:34
  • Adultery: These people ... are blots and blemishes ... They have eyes FULL OF adultery, insatiable for sin. -- 2 Pet 2:13,14
  • Lawlessness: Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Inside you are FULL OF ... lawlessness." -- Matt 23:8
  • Hypocrisy: Jesus said to the Pharisees, "Inside you are FULL OF hypocrisy ..." -- Matt 23:8
  • Fury: the scribes were FILLED WITH fury -- Luke 6:11
  • Villainy: "You are an enemy of all righteousness, FULL OF all deceit and villainy." -- Acts 13:10
  • Deceit: "You are an enemy of all righteousness, FULL OF all deceit and villainy." -- Acts 13:10
  • Cursing: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one ... They open their mouths and are FULL OF cursing and bitterness." -- Rom 3:10,14
  • Bitterness: "There is no one who is righteous, not even one ... They open their mouths and are FULL OF cursing and bitterness." -- Rom 3:10,14
  • Envy: The multitudes ... were FILLED WITH envy -- Acts 13:45
  • Confusion: The city was FILLED WITH confusion. -- Acts 19:29
  • Greed: Pharisees, hypocrites ... inside they are FULL OF greed and self-indulgence. -- Matt 23:25
  • Self-Indulgence: Pharisees, hypocrites ... inside they are FULL OF greed and self-indulgence. -- Matt 23:25
  • WickednessThey were FILLED WITH every kind of wickedness ... -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Evil: They were FILLED WITH every kind of ... evil ... -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Covetousness: They were FILLED WITH every kind of ... covetousness ... -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Malice: They were FILLED WITH every kind of ... malice. -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Murder: They were FILLED WITH every kind of ... murder -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Deceit: They were FILLED WITH every kind of ... deceit -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Gossip: They were FILLED WITH ... gossip -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Slander: They were FILLED WITH ... slander -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Insolence: They were FILLED WITH ... insolence -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Boastfulness: They were FILLED WITH ... boastful[ness] -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Rebelliousness: They were FILLED WITH ... rebellious[ness] -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Foolishness: They were FILLED WITH ... foolish[ness] -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Faithlessness: They were FILLED WITH ... faithless[ness] -- Rom 1:29-31
  • Ruthlessness: They were FILLED WITH ... ruthless[ness] -- Rom 1:29-31 
  • And Satan Himself: Peter asked, "why has Satan FILLED your heart ...?" -- Acts 5:3
Wow! Did you know all that was in there?!
 
If we're not filled with the Spirit, we will be filled with something. Therefore, I know I need to take confession more seriously.
 
Lord forgive me for ____________________ (use the list). Take out my heart of stone, and fill me with your Holy Spirit.
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who never wants to be
full of himself again!
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Wow. Looking at the list and trying to determine which one would fit best ... a better question is which one doesn't fit? Yikes! Time to pray more fervently!!!

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