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You Will Be Filled With Something
Sunday, July 7, 2019 – By Pastor George M. Dupree
 
I believe that Christians are to be a people of enthusiasm.
 
Enthusiasm – 1. a. Great or intense feeling for a subject or cause. b. Ardent eagerness; zeal. 2. Something that inspires enthusiasm. 3. ARCHAIC. a. Excess of religious feeling. b. Fanatical religious zeal. [LLat. enthusiasmus < Gk. enthousiasmos<enthousiazein, to be inspired by a god < entheos, possessed : en-, in + theos, god.] The American Heritage Dictionary
Therefore, to be enthused is to be FILLED with God.
 
A wonderful quotation on enthusiasm is by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
 
Remember that the dictionary said that enthusiasm was an excess of religious feeling. Excess indicates abundance, overflowing & surplus. So when we are filled with God, enthusiastic, we are overflowing with the surplus of the Holy Spirit within.
 
Jesus called it rivers of living water.
“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. {38} “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” {39} But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. John 7:37-39
 
During the feast, on the great day, the priest took pitchers of water and poured it down the temple steps, the water then cascaded down the temple steps. This was a celebration of the ending of wandering in the wilderness. In the wilderness there is not an excess of water, so this act signified an abundance of water. Water is a key ingredient of life, both in the natural and the spirit. Jesus then says that if you believe in Him as the scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from your innermost being-your heart. I see a duality of meaning in this verse.
 
1. If you believe in Him according to what the scriptures say, not what human thinking says, out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.
2. If you believe in Him, the scriptures promise living water will flow from your heart.
 
When you are filled with God it gets expressed, because out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth will speak.
 
The word “filled” also speaks of something that should be ongoing and continuous. You could translate it “Be being filled with the Holy Spirit,” just like you have to put gas in your car.
 
Titus 3:5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and RENEWAL by the Holy Spirit,
 
What’s the real reason for the spread of Christianity?
It’s people who are enthusiastic – It’s because of people who are filled with God.
 
Stagnation is not compatible with a real Spirit-filled experience.
 
When you appreciate what you have as much as Pentecostals do, you aren’t satisfied to experience it yourself. You think others should have the same opportunity to partake of the movement of the Spirit of God.
 
People are coming to church expecting to meet God.
 
The folks at Pew Research have been reporting for years that while the mainline churches are in drastic free fall, the group that “shows the most significant growth is the nondenominational family.”
 
When you are filled with God you will express it. You will praise the Lord, you will love others and reach out to them, you will draw from the anointing in your pastors, and then the pastor will preach with a powerful anointing.
You will accept people that society has rejected because you are filled with and moved by compassion.
 
You’ll realize that you have been freely forgiven so you want to share that love and forgiveness with others.
 
When you are filled with God you can change the world.
 
You will be filled with something, let it be with God, be filled with more-more of Him!