Thursday daily devotional by Pastor E. A. Adeboye ( Open Heavens 1 June 2017) – Be Refilled

Topic: Be Refilled [Thursday 1, June 2017]

Memorise: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; – Ephesians 5:18

Read: Ephesians 5:17-19 (KJV)

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Bible in One Year: Acts 22-23, Jeremiah 39:11-40:6, Hymn: Sing hymn 15


The moment you give your life to Christ, a long drawn out battle for
your souls begins. While your spirit would want to begin to exercise
control over your soul as it rightfully should, your body would resist
it and ask you to go in the opposite direction. To be victorious in this
protracted battle, you need to understand your new nature and the life
of the Spirit, so that you can easily flow in it. From time to time,
people ask me how I was able to grow in the Spirit, but they are never
satisfied with the answer I give them. Let me share some of what helped
me with you. The moment you become born again, your spirit man is
brought back to life. The fish is born in water and so cannot survive
outside its natural habitat – water. John 3:6 says,

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

Therefore, now that your spirit man is born again, you are expected to
gravitate towards the things of the spirit if you want to grow. Your new
birth is a spirit experience, and only the things of the Spirit will
help you grow.

One way to grow in the Spirit is to repeatedly experience being filled
with the Holy Spirit. On the day of Pentecost, after the Holy Spirit
descended, the disciples gained their first experience of being filled
with the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 says,

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Later on, when they gathered to table a pressing challenge before the
Lord, they prayed earnestly, and they experienced the in-filling of the
Holy Spirit again. Acts 4:31 says

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and
they spake the word of God with boldness.”

Furthermore, to successfully live the life of the spirit, it is not
enough to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. You must pursue a growing,
personal relationship with Him and crave for more opportunities to be
filled by Him. No wonder Ephesians 5:18
commands us to be filled with the Spirit. Like the disciples, if you
want to be filled over and over again, be separate from the things of
the flesh, have fellowship with God where you can worship Him in spirit
and in truth, attend Church services together with like-minded
believers, feast on His word and pray in tongues regularly.

Action Point: Consistently
try to increase the amount of time you spend praying in tongues. Pray
in tongues and sing in tongues. This will help your spirit grow.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A.
Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God,
one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the
President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.

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