Summary: "A Spirit-Filled Heart" is part of the Christian's Heart series looking at the quality of being spirit filled, and what a Spirit-filled heart looks like. A Spirit-Filled heart is a heart that's is set ablaze, filled to overflowing, and empowered.
A Christian’s Heart
“A Spirit-Filled Heart”
There really isn’t any one quality that supersedes other qualities when it comes to what should be in a Christian’s heart. But if there was one, this would be it, and that’s because it’s the Holy Spirit that directs the flow of our lives.
The Apostle Paul said,
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14 NKJV)
The Holy Spirit is the choreographer who designs, arranges, and directs the flow not only our lives, but also the ministry flow of the church. This is because the Holy Spirit transcends our own ability and empowers us by transforming our inability.
A great example is Jesus’ disciples who were hiding out behind closed doors. But on the Day of Pentecost the disciples were endued with heavenly power, Holy Spirit power, and they changed the world.
Further, who else can clean up our hearts the way Jesus cleaned out the temple. Jesus said He was going to send the Holy Spirit, describing Him as another helper like unto Himself, John 14:14:16.
So just as Jesus cleansed the temple of the money changers and those who sold the sacrifices, Matthew 21:13, the Holy Spirit can kick out and cleanse whatever is defiling God’s temple within us.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJV)
So within every believer is God’s holy temple, the temple of the Holy Spirit, therefore we really need to have Spirit-filled hearts.
Let’s take a look at what some of the aspects are of having a Spirit-filled heart.
1.A Heart Set on Fire
While we say we’d like to be set on fire by God, the truth is that we fear it. And that’s natural. Just like when we smell smoke, see flames, and feel the heat of fire, there’s something inside that makes us want to run.
Instead of running away from the Holy Spirit, and running away from God’s plan and purpose for our lives, we need to start fanning them to flame and start getting set ablaze by God, because fire not only melts wax, it also hardens steel.
And that’s exactly what Holy Spirit fire does in our lives. Holy Spirit fire burns away the impurities of our lives while at the same time toughens up our faith.
There are several things that work in our favor when we allow Holy Spirit fire to engulf our hearts.
The first is that Holy Spirit fire
a. Directs us
We see a similar fire engulfing a bush back in the Old Testament through which the Lord directed Moses in setting free the Hebrew people from over 400 years of bondage to the Egyptians.
“And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.” (Exodus 3:2 NKJV)
While the fire engulfed the bush it didn’t consume it, that is, it didn’t harm the bush, which brings me to the next point, and that is Holy Spirit fire
b. Delivers Us
“When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” (Isaiah 43:2b NKJV)
The story of Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego comes to mind. When Nebuchadnezzar tossed them into the fiery furnace when they refused to bow to His image, it says the fire burned off the ropes that bound them, but it didn’t harm them. In fact, when they emerged they didn’t even smell like smoke.
It was through the fire they were delivered, which brings me to the third point is that Holy Spirit fire
c. Protects Us
Speaking of His protection the Lord said,
“‘And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within.’” (Zechariah 2:5 NIV)
It was God’s holy fire that protected the Israelites when they were leaving Egypt. It was the pillar of cloud and fire that set itself between the Egyptians and the Jews at the Red Sea, keeping the Egyptians at bay until God opened a way and allowed the Israelites to cross over.
In the same way Holy Spirit fire protects us from those forces that want to invade our lives. The Bible says, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
And this leads me to my last point and that is Holy Spirit fire
d. Empowers Us
After Jesus death, burial, and resurrection, and before He ascended into heaven He said to the disciples,