The apostle Paul encouraged early believers to stay filled with the Spirit.
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:17-19).
The wise person understands the will of the Lord. Wise believers know that the will of the Lord is to be full of the Spirit as a drunk man would be full of wine. This is God’s highest purpose in the New Testament. When one is full of the Spirit his heart moves in prayer; he is moved for lost souls; he is holy and consecrated. He’s full of whatever God is full of. He’s full of love; he’s full of praise and thanksgiving; and he’s full of power.
These Ephesian believers were already initially filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was part of the essentials of first century Christian life. Unlike today it was not an option but a vital necessity in every single church. Since then the devil has diluted this essential and clouded it with so much controversy. The Church as a whole will never fully do the works of Jesus until they are filled with the Spirit and maintain that infilling.
The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. Being filled with the Spirit and staying filled with the Spirit produces a fresh anointing. The psalmist of old said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil” (Ps. 92:10). Without the free flowing move of the Holy Spirit the Church dries up and becomes full of dead formalism.
Here’s an interesting verse:
“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour” (Ec. 10:1).
Here is the Farias translation: “Dead formalism kills the anointing and stinks up the place.”
There’s too much dead formalism in the Church today and it produces a stinking savour instead of a fresh anointing. Even so called full gospel churches can lose their fresh oil if they don’t stay full of the Spirit. To be anointed with fresh oil means the oil can become old and stale which requires a replenishing. It means the psalmist was once anointed with oil but it’s not fresh any more.
Maintaining a continual infilling of the Holy Ghost and a fresh anointing is the pattern for living in God’s plan under the new covenant. It is a top priority in the kingdom of God. And it starts with each individual believer receiving the initial baptism of the Holy Spirit, and speaking forth inspired utterances in tongues and in their understanding, and then maintaining that infilling by continuing on in these things.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues should not be a one time experience but a continual stream that should never dry up in one’s life. We cannot afford to live on one time experiences of the past.
D.L. Moody once said, “People living on past experiences are living on stale manna.”
There is fresh oil available to you and me every single day if we will stay long enough in the presence of God until we are filled.
Here is a twin scripture to Eph. 5:18-19:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).
Back in the early days of Christianity they did not have a written Bible yet. The word of Christ was either the word the apostles passed down to the Christians and/or the word that the Holy Ghost would give them at the moment. Here Paul is encouraging these believers to allow the word to dwell in them richly. In other words, he is telling them to be full of the word. Being full of the word and full of the Spirit will produce a fresh anointing in one’s life.
Notice also that this is not just something that is done privately in your own individual life, but it can be done publicly as a means of teaching and admonishing “one another”.
The Lord is endeavoring to get His Church to understand these things so that His power and glory will be in greater manifestation in this final hour.
We’re going to move into a place of spirituality we haven’t been before, but the way you’re going to get there is to learn to speak or sing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and commune with God in your spirit. Praying or speaking in tongues helps you get over into that realm.
I’ve also found through experience that often light, revelation, and direction will come after a time of speaking in psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs or after extended seasons of praying in other tongues.
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