How to Remove Barriers: "Be Being Filled with the Spirit."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.

One of the biggest barriers to a fruitful life is emptiness in the heart and mind. Have you heard the saying, "Nature abhors a vacuum?" When there is emptiness, nature wants to fill that space. Your vacuum cleaner works on that principle. By removing air from the cleaner bag, the device then draws in particles. When the bag gets full, the vacuum effect weakens.

Notice this text in Matthew 12:43-45, “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first."

When people are "delivered," but afterwards do not fill the void with the Spirit and word of God, they become subject to the return of the same bad attitudes, habits, or demonic influences that formerly went out. Sometimes for a lack of wisdom and understanding the will of God, people constantly seek "deliverance" and "getting set free."

The best plan for removing barriers and living in lasting victory is this: "Be filled with the Spirit." 

Some commentators highlight that the verb used here is better understood as, "Be being filled with the Spirit." Staying full is not a one time event, but a daily pursuit.

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