Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 16, 2019

“filled with the Holy Spirit” – “full of goodness, filled with all knowledge”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:24-26.

“When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’  And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.  Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there;  and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”  Luke 11:24-26.

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The lesson from today’s Scripture is that we not only need to be emptied by what is bad, we need to be filled by what is good.

This is what is meant by today’s Scripture :  “And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.  Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there;  and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”

We not only need to be emptied of one type of the deed of the flesh, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, so that we do not turn to practice another type of the deed of the flesh.

For example to show the importance of not only be emptied of what is bad but also be filled with what is good, there are some who feel proud and superior to others just because, so to speak, they are emptied of the sinful practice of getting drunk, but they are not filled with the Holy Spirit, and therefore, their flesh will participate in other deeds of the flesh.  “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,”  Ephesians 5:18.

So to speak, we not only need to be emptied of demons, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

We not only need to be emptied of our sins (forgiveness), we need to be filled with the righteousness of Christ.

We not only need to be emptied of fear, we need to be filled with faith.

We not only need to be emptied of false doctrine, we need to be filled with true doctrine.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;  for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are:  immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:16-23.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.”  Romans 15:13-14.


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