[b]Desire to Be Filled[/b] by [i]A.W. Tozer[/i] And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. --Ephesians 5:18 Again, before you can be filled with the Spirit you must desire to be filled. Here I meet with a certain amount of puzzlement. Somebody will say, "How is it that you say to us that we must desire to be filled, because you know we desire to be. Haven't we talked to you in person? Haven't we called you on the phone? Aren't we out here tonight to hear the sermon on the Holy Spirit? Isn't this all a comforting indication to you that we are desirous of being filled with the Holy Spirit?" Not necessarily, and I will explain why. For instance, are you sure that you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own? even though that spirit be the pure Spirit of God? even though He be the very gentle essence of the gentle Jesus? even though He be sane and pure and free? even though He be wisdom personified, wisdom Himself, even though He have a healing, precious ointment to distill? even though He be loving as the heart of God? That Spirit, if He ever possesses you, will be the Lord of your Life! How to Be Filled With the Spirit, 42-43. "Even so come, Holy Spirit! Amen."
_________________Christopher Joel Dandrow
For instance, are you sure that you want to be possessed by a spirit other than your own?
Brother...[i]Lord, of the years that are left to me I give them to Thy hand [/i]Living SacrificeI take my cross and follow youForsake my life in this worldThrough the cross, the world is dead to me and I am dead to the worldchorus:Bind me to the horns of Your alter, oh LordIll be a living sacrificeI lay down everything that hindersAnd cry out for a brand new heartI put my hand to the plowI never will look backRemove the stones from this wellAnd let the living waters flow[url=http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?cid=523]Living Sacrifice[/url]