By H P Barker
……. “Instead be filled with the spirit.”
The effect of being filled with the Holy Ghost is never to occupy one with one’s own blessing or experience; it never ministers to the glorification of self in any form. The Holy Ghost, when He fills a saint of God, takes possession of him or her for Christ. He fills the gaze with His glories, the heart with His love, the lips with His praise. Christ fills the life of the one who is filled with the Spirit. If he speaks, it is not to call attention to his own experience, but to magnify Christ. Peter, when thus filled, proclaimed the exaltation of the Stone, set at naught of the builders. Stephen’s gaze was held enraptured by the sight of Jesus; Barnabas’ exhortations that they should cleave to the Lord.
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