daily sticky note reminders
TRY TO GET FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT EACH DAY.
The Bible clearly teaches that continually being filled with the Holy Spirit was the New Testament believers' common experience and practice:
The Apostle Paul instructs and exhorts believers to keep getting filled with the Holy Spirit.
Some churches believe and teach "one-and-done" - that you are filled at believing in Christ or when you are baptized.
This is not good and accurate doctrine because it can bring only partial lifestyle spiritual maturity in a person.
Yes, we receive the Spirit at believing. We might even get filled with the Spirit at one of these times or another.
But it is not a one-time experience. Let's stay Scriptural - even if we don't understand things, or we have not yet experienced certain things.
Why would the New Testament writers highlight certain differences in some Christians (if "one-and-done" was true?) - if there weren't differences?
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to . . . "
"Then his father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit . . . "
" . . .who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit . . . "
"But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit . . . "
"Instead, brothers and sisters, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task . . . "
"Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit . . . looked toward heaven. . .
This brings us to several questions. First, might be, "Why would I want to do this?"
If you never have been FILLED with the Holy Spirit, then this concept might be hard to comprehend. (You can honestly ask yourself in your "knower" - "Do I honestly feel filled with God, today?")
Imagine being FILLED WITH GOD. Being FILLED WITH JOY comes along with this. Who would not want to be FILLED WITH JOY, and want to live in this state?
We are told/commanded to "walk as Jesus walked." (1 John 2:6) We are supposed to act like Him. Talk like Him. Trying to live the "Christian walk" . . . BEING A TRUE CHRISTIAN TODAY . . . daily . . . Is a lot easier and more world-impacting if we are FULL OF GOD versus NOT FULL OF GOD.
We have God's mind on things, in a better way, throughout the day - while in this much-heightened spiritual state.
This is why we want to do this.
Being FULL OF JOY, is also nice!