(Notes adapted from Alban Douglas 100 Lessons, page 76)
1. What Are the Requirements for Experiencing Fullness of the Spirit's Power? - A person must totally surrender the control of their mind, will and emotions to the Holy Spirit as directed by Bible. (Gal. 5:16) At conversion a believer becomes complete in Christ but usually does not learn what it means to be completely filled with the Spirit's power - maturity is necessary. (Eph. 4:15,16) All believers have the Holy Spirit, but few experience the fullness of His power. (Acts 1:8) We are commanded to be filled with the Spirit as the wind completely fills the sails of a boat and empowers and directs it. (Rom. 8:6-8) We are warned not be drunk with wine or things that temporarily satisfy our appetites, but to filled with the Spirit. (Eph. 5:18) We are directed to let the Spirit control all other aspects of our lives. (John 7:37,38) Each day and every moment requires a new filling of the Spirit's control as Peter was filled with the Spirit repeatedly. (Acts 2:4,4:6, 4:31) No Christian can reach their potential without the filling of the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18) The Spirit's filling is necessary to gain in wisdom, knowledge and insight. (Rom. 12:1,2) We must confess our sins and let Him cleanse us from all unrighteousness to be filled with the Spirit. (I Jn. 1:9) The Spirit cannot illuminate our minds, warms our hearts, clean our consciences or motivate us until we yield all controls to Him. (Luke 9:23,24) We need to fellowship with other believers to stay refined. (Heb. 10:24,25)
2. What Are the Specific Conditions For Being Filled by the Spirit? - Forgiveness (Acts 2:38) "Repent and be baptized… for the remission of sins and you will receive the Holy Ghost." Sonship - Gal 4:6 - "Because you are sons, God has sent us the Spirit of His Son into your hearts." Desire. John 7:37-39, "If anyone thirsts let him drink. Isa. 44:3 Faith. "The Spirit is given to all those who believe." Gal. 3:13,14 Obedience. Acts 5:32. "He gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him." Waiting. Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4, "Wait for the promise of the Father." Do not be in a hurry. Prayer. Luke 11:13, "The Holy Spirit is given to those who ask the Father for Him." Apply what you know. John 1:12, "Ask and you will receive the Spirit." Act as if you have received the fullness of His power. Luke 11:9,10.
3. Results of Being Filled With All of the Spirit's Power - Power to witness to those who need salvation. (Acts 1:8) Power to live a victorious Christian life (Acts 20:22-24) Great glory and honor will be given to the Lord. (John 16:14) You will be able to live a life that is more pleasing to the Lord. (Phil. 1:9-11) You will be able to live a more holy life. (I Pet. 1:15,16) You will be able to gain greater discernment into all things. (Heb. 5:14) You will be more fruitful. (John 15:16) You will have more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22,23) You will be able to overcome your feelings of anger, lust, jealousy, envy, carnality, selfishness, complacency, apathy, idolatry, strife, divisions, tribalism, nepotism, suspicions, indecency or inappropriate behavior or speech. (Gal. 5:19-21) You will be able to know the Lord in a greater way and fully experience His power, perspective and love. (Matt. 5:6-8) You will have a greater love for others. (John 13:34,35)