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; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:18-21).
There're certain things you must do to be full of God's Spirit and enjoy the spiritual benefits it provides. The Apostle Paul, in our opening scripture, enumerates four vital points. First, he says, "speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." This means I'm talking to myself in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. For example, you say, "...The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? He's strengthen me and made me a success. Yeah! I walk in the light of God; therefore I'm the light of God."
The next thing to do is, "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord..." Here, he's talking about singing in the spirit; making spiritual melodies in your heart to the Lord. It doesn't have to be melodious to anybody else; you just go on singing in the spirit, all by yourself. The most important thing is that your spirit is stirred and you're blessed as you do so.
Next, he says, "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" That means you give thanks to God for all He's done. You confess beautiful things about Him and testify to His wondrous works in your life. Say, "In the Name of Jesus, Father, I bless your holy Name; I thank you for your kindness, love, grace and mercy! I thank you for promoting me in life and granting me all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus." Instead of complaining to God about your job, family, finances, etc, learn to give Him thanks like this.
When your life is full of praise and thanksgiving, you'll have a triumphant life. Now when you have this kind of extraordinary life, you could easily be pompous or high-minded; so very quickly, he says, "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God" That's the next point; submission. Though you're so blessed, yet you're humble; you're submissive to the authority and Lordship of the Word.
Consciously practice these steps and get yourself filled with the Spirit every day, and your life will be an unending stream of the supernatural.
PrayerBlessed heavenly Father, I exalt your majesty; I worship you for your omniscience and your excellent splendour. I adore you for who you are. To you be all glory and dominion forever, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Rhapsody of Realities July 16, 2012
--Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
This is a core piece of revelation for the serious believer. The number of ideas, revelations, mysteries and insights that have been revealed to me, the circumstances that work together on my behalf etc, simply by being filled with the Spirit is almost too numerous to mention
(I said almost because I mentioned it, didn't I? hahaha).
What you're doing is building up yourself(and life) with confessions from the Word(or even making up your own Psalms) and you're worshiping God(and if you realize the importance of worship, you'd understand that God's glory- His wondrous presence, will be manifested in your midst -Psalm 22:3). You're singing in tongues, so the Spirit has the ascendancy; prophesying and directing your path.
Mighty works are wrought in the glory (it's the atmosphere for miracles)!
Remember to stir up the gift within you EVERYDAY. Paul told Titus "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost"(Titus 3:5).
In another place Paul said;"The mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations [[a]from angels and men], but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints), To whom God was pleased to make known how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ within and among you, the Hope of [realizing the] glory."(Colossians 1:26-27 Amplified)
Pastor Chris did a good teaching on this at The Night Of Bliss Canada 2010 event (or it might have been a Higher Life Conference that year). If I were you, I'd get a copy of that DVD...
Keep stirring, my friends!