Last Sunday, as I was teaching on the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (click here to watch the message), I used the illustration of …What if the person of Jonathan Howes lived in you? (Now, we obviously know this is NOT possible and I am NOT claiming to be God, have supernatural powers, or be a spirit ghost. So, please don’t call me a heretic or pick up stones to end my life. This is just an illustration.) If I was living in you, then you would crave Cajun food. And if you really wanted to make me happy, then you would have a big crawfish boil. I have a pretty big appetite and can usually put down around 20 pounds of crawfish by myself. And yes, I do suck the head but that has nothing to do with my illustration.
Well, the Ghost (Holy Spirit), living in you has a huge spiritual appetite. And the more you feed Him, the fuller He gets in your life. (I will talk more about the filling of the Holy Spirit in a couple of weeks.) So, how to do you feed the Spirit of God in you?
Here are a few verses “to chew on”:
1. Do God’s will
““My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34
2. Hunger for God’s word
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3
3. Work for God’s kingdom
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” John 6:27
Would you like to add anything?
How do you make sure God’s spirit in you is “full”?
PS Rick Warren would be proud of my “w” alliteration above: will, word, work.