[SW053] 07/29/12 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2012
“Be Continuously Filled!”
My Holy Spirit Speed Bump
When the Holy Spirit wants to unlock a Scripture to me, He slows me down when I come to it, like you slow down your car when you come to a speed bump in a parking lot. Here’s the Scripture I speed-bumped at, a while back:
Ephesians 5:17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation [2897, drunken nausea and headache from excessive drinking], but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
Verse 18, which I emphasized above, was the focus of my question to the Holy Spirit some time ago.
The word “filled” is continuous tense in the original Greek.
It literally means “be continuously filled.”
And it is the Lord’s will. And it is a command.
Continuously filled —
Does that mean the Holy Spirit leaks out of us, Lord?
Does that mean that we will become empty if we don’t keep getting a refill?
How about when You say through Luke, that those original 120 were “filled with the Holy Spirit” after the day of Pentecost?
Does that mean there are “many fillings” with the Holy Spirit?
Is there a difference between being “baptized” and being “filled?”
Why did I ask these things? Because the Lord wants me to know and teach accurately so that,
–Truth is revealed that we all can apply to our growth in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,
— And that truth, if we’ll agree with it, can bring us to an understanding that sets us free,
— And when we are free, we become His witnesses here.
The Holy Spirit’s Answer
I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to preach “Be Continuously Filled” for this week. Hallelujah! He doesn’t prompt me unless He’s going to teach me! My questions were about to be answered!
He prompted me to look at the original meanings and tenses of the words
AND at a couple of commentaries by Bible experts.
OK, Lord. I know the Holy Spirit rewards those who dig for all of Your truth.
Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people,
–A special moment of inspiration from the Holy Spirit (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
–A fresh filling, not a fresh baptism (New International Commentary on the NT)
Acts 13:9 But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him . . .
—A special moment of inspiration from the Holy Spirit (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)
Oh! So first, we are to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire
and initially filled by Jesus Christ, in a moment of time,
like John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11 . . .
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance,
but He who is coming after me is mightier than I,
and I am not fit to remove His sandals;
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
And like Acts 2:1 and following!
. . . And then we are to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. I’m beginning to see.
There are two commands from Jesus Christ:
- 1 Stay in the city until I baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire; and
- 2 Be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
OK, Holy Spirit. What is it to be “continuously filled?”
Ephesians 5:18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
“Filled” means to make replete, cram, level up.
It’s in the continuous tense, so it means be continuously replete, well-supplied, very full, crammed, and leveled up.
The question should be “With Who?”
With the Holy Spirit.
“With,” means to be in a fixed position or state, giving oneself wholly to something.
So to be “continuously filled with the Holy Spirit” as the Lord commands,
is to be continuously replete,
crammed and leveled up,
in a fixed position or state,
giving oneself wholly
to being continuously filled with the Holy Spirit.
AND continuous filling doesn’t happen until we are baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire, and initially filled.
How are we baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire and initially filled?
Peter and the rest were baptized with the Holy Spirit
and filled in an instant on the day of Pentecost,
when they were fully surrendered and obedient,
staying in the city and worshiping for 10 days after Jesus Christ ascended,
until they were clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49).
The moment He was glorified, Pentecost happened!
The fire fell!
They were baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire!
And they were filled with the Holy Spirit in that moment!
Lord, You command us to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit.
Show me how to make this clearer to those who are listening, Holy Spirit.
Continuously Filled — Cisterns vs. Fountains
Once we have been baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire,
and initially filled with the Holy Spirit,
He does not work like a cistern,
which is like a tank for storing water.
It leaks and/or becomes empty
because people are drawing from it,
and it is man-made and can crack,
and must be filled up again and again.
The Holy Spirit is not a cistern!
He is a fountain!
He is a spring,
continuously feeding Himself into our innermost beings!
Isaiah 58:11 “And the LORD will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
Isaiah 12:2-3 “Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”
Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
That’s “springs,” ma-YAWN (4599), fountains! Continuous flow!
Not be-YAR (875), a well or pit or cistern, able to leak and become empty!
John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying,
“ If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
39 But this He spoke of the Spirit,
whom those who believed in Him were to receive;
for the Spirit was not yet given,
because Jesus was not yet glorified.
“As the Scripture has said . . .” (verse 38)!
That Scripture is Isaiah 12:2-3, which I just read,
always spoken on the last day of the Feast of Booths/Tabernacles
when the priests drew the final time from the pool of Sil-OH-am
Which means “Sent.”
Jesus Christ said, “I am the Sent One!”
If you believe into Me,
rivers will flow from your innermost being!
He spoke of the Spirit, Who had not yet given because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
When He was glorified,
the baptism of the Holy Spirit would come to those 120 and He yet comes to us today!
He had to be crucified,
rise from the dead,
ascend into heaven,
and sit at the right hand of the Father, glorified,
before these rivers at flood stage,
rushing and raging,
would come from believers’ bellies.
The fountain was coming to Spirit-baptized followers of Christ —
one that even overflows because it is so full!
Further clarification, please, Holy Spirit!
In John 4, Jesus speaks with the woman at the well. Here’s a bit of their conversation:
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
11 She said to Him, “ Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 “You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him [a spring of water welling up (NIV)] to eternal life.”
I thank Sister Beth Kirby from New Covenant Church in Goldsboro, NC, for giving me deeper revelation of what was being said here.
Every time the woman said “well,” she meant “cistern.”
When He said “spring of water welling up,”
He was saying “fountain.”
She said “cistern.” She was thinking in the natural.
How would He draw water from a tank of water with no pail or ladle?
But He said “fountain.”
And that was from water that Jesus would give,
for whoever would drink it.
I believe many in the church see the Holy Spirit as a cistern that leaks.
But He is a fountain continuously feeding the Spirit-baptized believer.
That’s what Jesus calls Him!
He’s a fountain, not a cistern!
He’s a river during flood time, rushing and raging forth from our bellies!
Why do many in the church speak of the Holy Spirit as if He is a cistern and not a Fountain?
If you try to do be holy in your own strength,
not staying in the city until you are clothed with power from on high
not baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire.
You will sin; you will willfully disobey God,
And then say, “He leaked out,”
Or you will come into a meeting “empty,”
Always needing a “refill.”
Many in the church do not understand surrender because it is not taught,
some have falsely been taught that they must work really hard to get to heaven,
and some who hear the truth about surrender simply do not want to do it.
They’re afraid they’ll have to give up something.
But that means that they love it more than they love God.
That “something” is an idol in their heart.
Jeremiah 2:13 “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
Broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel,
All who forsake You will be put to shame.
Those who turn away on earth will be written down,
Because they have forsaken the fountain of living water, even the LORD.
Dear Christian, if you do not want to surrender your life to God,
or you want to keep trying to be holy on your own
the Lord says that you forsake Him,
the fountain of living waters.
and you will be put to shame.
It is not you, but Jesus who baptizes in the Holy Spirit
and the Holy Spirit who does the continuous filling!
You cannot baptize yourself in the Holy Spirit
or make yourself continuously filled with the Holy Spirit.
And you must be baptized with the Holy Spirit
before He can continuously fill you!
You can’t be baptized with the Holy Spirit
until you have surrendered to God the Father and God the Son.
That’s where the freedom comes in that I spoke of at the beginning of this message.
He’ll set you free from struggling to be holy in your own strength.
He’ll set you free from the sin that so easily entangles you.
That word “surrender” means this —
You cease to resist God.
You submit to His authority over you.
You abandon yourself entirely to Him.
You give up your right to yourself.
Dear Christian. you are not our own, but have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)!
Do you see what the Lord is saying to you through Jeremiah?
If you try really hard to be holy in your own strength,
you are hewing cisterns that are broken,
that cannot hold water.
Your trust is in what you yourself can do,
But only God can make you holy.
But if you surrender to the Lord,
if you obey Him because you love Him (see John 14:15-16),
He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire AND THEN
the Holy Spirit will fill you continuously, like a fountain!
His grace is here for you today, dear brothers and sisters!
So surrender, for God’s sake!
It’s His will!
He commands you to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire
and He promises that then,
the Holy Spirit will continuously fill you!
YOU WILL NOT LEAK,
BUT WILL HAVE IN YOU A FOUNTAIN!
If you agree with this truth, Jesus Christ will set you free, indeed (John 8:36)!
You’ll neither leak
nor struggle until you can get another refill
nor be put to shame,
but will be His witness here!