A DAILY FILLING OF THE SPIRIT [an excerpt from Cultivating a Life of Joy]

Let’s get back to Romans 15:13: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

“Through the power of the Holy Spirit” — Even with the greatest amount of willpower we can muster up, we cannot accomplish this life marked by hope, trust, peace, and joy apart from the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Willpower is so overrated. Willpower will leave you burnt out. Tired. Weary. Exhausted. Undone. But, the power of the Living God? Wow. When you are at your weakest, He has the power to storm in and shower your soul with peace, rest, joy, and hope. I am such a weak person, y’all. My flesh fails me often. Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Thank God, that He is my strength and my portion! Because I am in great need of Him every single day. Are you desperate for God’s filling (and refilling) every day? I’m convinced that desperation is a gift from God. I cannot hold life together all on my own. I cannot hold myself together all on my own. I desperately need a fuel and refuel of His Spirit every day. Every single hour. Every single minute. Every single moment.

Let’s talk theology for a second. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are instantly indwelled by the Holy Spirit. He takes up residence in our lives. He never leaves us. We can never lose Him. BUT, we do choose to tap into His power on a daily basis. I can live my daily life through my own strength, or I can choose to tap into the power of God living within my soul. Some days I choose self. Other days, I choose the Spirit. The days I choose the Spirit are MUCH BETTER. Much more joy-filled. I heard this explained by a pastor at our church once. He said that each believer has this pilot light of the Spirit within our souls. Some of us leave it as just that. The Holy Spirit sits there waiting to be ignited, but we never fan into flames the work of the Spirit in our lives. (2 Timothy 1:6 “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God.”) Instead of quenching the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, may we daily fan into flames the gift of God!

How do we fan into flames the fire of the Spirit in our lives?

1. Bring yourself before the presence of God daily.

I seek to live by the simple words of the song, In the Morning When I Rise:

In the morning when I rise, In the morning when I rise, In the morning when I rise,

Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus, Give me Jesus

You can have all this world, But give me Jesus

When we intentionally bring ourselves before the presence of God in dependence, we make room for the Lord to come in and work.

Practical ways for coming before His presence:

Starting your day with worship music.

Starting your day by journaling prayers and thoughts to God.

Starting your day by reading the Bible.

2. Acknowledge your need for Him.

By simply acknowledging our need for God in our daily lives we open ourselves up to His working power in our daily lives.

3. Explicitly ask Him to fill you with His Spirit.

Sounds simple right? Well, there is power in verbally asking God to fill us with His Spirit. I try to make this a daily prayer of mine. “Heavenly Father, fill me with your Spirit. Less of me, and more of you.”

THIS IS JUST 1 OF THE SIMPLE WAYS I SHARED TO CULTIVATING A LIFE OF JOY IN THIS 8-DAY-CHALLENGE.

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