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Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)
TITLE: Be Filled with The Spirit
By Tim Pickl
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Empty yourself of all sin, guilt and shame from the world
Fast and pray--as He gently leads--for one another’s needs;
Immerse yourself in His Word: it is a lamp unto your feet--
Lift up your hands and voice and sing praises to Him!
Lift up your head and the King of Glory will come in!
Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and praise His Name;
Deep calls to deep, and your life will never be the same
Worship Jesus in the secret place where no one else can see:
Inconspicuously offer a sweet sacrifice because you are free!
Thank Him for overflowing you with His abundant love;
Heed His Word--respond--repent and speak in other tongues
Then, take time to listen as The Father speaks to your heart;
Hear how He directs you to walk in His Spirit and reach out--
Embark on the journey He purposefully had you start
Sing psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs aloud to all:
Praise God in the schoolyard or while shopping at the mall!
Inspire your brothers and sisters to give the glory to God--
Revive the basics of prayer and fasting--stay in His Word--
Intercede always, praying in the Spirit for all saints:
Tell everyone everywhere that our God reigns
Reference: (All Scriptures from the New International Version)
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
1 Timothy 2:8
I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Perhaps I will stay with you awhile, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go.
1 Corinthians 16:6
He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
"Your God reigns!"
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