Picture two vials. One is empty, one is half filled with little pebbles. A large graduated beaker filled with water sits beside them. If I pour into the empty vial it will fill completely with the water. If I pour into the vial containing pebbles it will receive far less water. If it could, it would do no good for that vial to beg for more water. No matter how much might be poured upon it, it will receive no more water until pebbles are removed.
“Do not pray for more of the Holy Spirit,” states British pastor and evangelist F.B. Meyer, “The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity and is not in pieces. Every child of God has all of him, but does he have all of us?”
Augustine said something similar, “God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full—there’s nowhere for Him to put it.”
“How can one be filled with the Holy Spirit?” asked Pastor Steve this past Sunday — Short answer: “Submit yourself to Him.” Surrender all the areas within you… give up the pebbles in your vial.
When a man is arrested, law enforcement officers will command, “Drop your weapons and come out with your hands up!” In order to surrender… to submit… one must stop fighting and become vulnerable to the greater authority.
Do you feel a dryness within you? You cannot have both water and pebbles. Take inventory… over there a few pebbles of materialism, and there.. a large pebble of pride… and beneath it a pebble of hatred and beside that one of unforgiveness. The more you look the more you may find them. They all must go.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Eph. 5:8-11)
Work with God on this. As one pebble is dislodged more water will enter, dislodging others. Let the Holy Spirit work in you. Let Him in to every area… washing… dislodging — “…as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word” (Eph. 5:26). Grasp hold of His vision of just how clear and clean He intends to make your vial.
What’s filling you? “Be filled with the Spirit!” exclaims Paul (Eph. 5:18) — He’s the most satisfying contents going!
Listen to Pastor Steve’s message “Being Spirit Filled” online under “Media” at the Lincoln Baptist Church website.