Pastors Stephen
& Carolyn Prescod

The Importance of a Spirit-filled Life Part 4

When you fellowship with God and walk in obedience to Him, it will be evident to all!


The text we have been using for this series is taken from the book of Ephesians chapter five verses 18 and 19, so let’s turn there again and read our text.

 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.

 We ended last time commenting on “Another mark of a Spirit-filled life is having a singing heart or a heart full of melody. If you’re filled with the Holy Spirit, you’ll be singing!” Nothing can stop a person from singing who is filled with the Spirit of God, because he has a song in his heart or a heart filled with melody.

Ephesians 5:19 says that we are to make melody in our heart to the Lord. We are to give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:20). If you’re filled with the Spirit you can have a heart of thanksgiving no matter what is happening.

Grumbling and whining are not good characteristics of a Spirit-filled person, but giving of thanks is! Now you don’t thank God for what the devil is doing. No, you give thanks to God in spite of the circumstances, right in the midst of your situation.

As a faithful young Catholic immigrant, in a — foreign land, I didn’t know anything about the baptism of the Holy Ghost. I had never spoken in tongues. But I was invited to a Church of God in Christ church in the ghetto of Newark, New Jersey, where the Lord used a female pastor named Pastor Minnie Mason, whom the Lord used to preach the Gospel to me, I got saved one Sunday and filled with the Holy Ghost the next Tuesday night in September, 1971. It has been a blessing ever since.

It’s easy to dance in church when everything is going well, but what about when you are in the midst of a test or you find yourself in a foreign land? Well, get in a good Bible believing church, or get in your bedroom by yourself and dance a little jig for joy. You know when people are happy and full of joy, they dance and jump. We’re not shouting and jumping to be seen of men, but to praise the Lord.

I didn’t always know about praising God with joy, but thank God He led me to a church that knew how to praise God according to the Word. They showed me where it was written how I ought to praise the Lord.

Jesus said to the devil in the midst of His temptation, “It is written” (Mats. 4:4). It is important that we know where it is written about how to Maintain the Glow of the Holy Spirit.


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