HOLY SPIRIT, infilling
A walk in the Spirit will of necessity be a walk in accordance with the Word the Spirit
has inspired. The parallel between Eph 5:18-21 and Col 3:15-17 is significant. The same
results are said to flow from being filled with the Spirit in the first cast, and being
filled with the Word in the second. To remain filled with the Spirit, and thus enjoy His
continuing sanctifying work, will mean continuing to be filled with the Word. The
relationship is obvious.
J.O. Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, Moody, p. 91.
"May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of
God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of my self as a vessel for
Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love."
Moody was to have a campaign in England. An elderly pastor protested, "Why do we need this 'Mr. Moody'? He's uneducated,
inexperienced, etc. Who does he think he is anyway? Does he think he has a monopoly on the Holy Spirit?" A younger, wiser
pastor rose and responded, "No, but the Holy Spirit has a monopoly on Mr. Moody."
Finney wrote how God gave him mighty infillings of the Holy Spirit "that went through me, as it seemed, body and soul. I
immediately found myself endued with such power from on high that a few words dropped here and there to individuals were the means
of their immediate conversion. My words seemed to fasten like barbed arrows in the souls of men. They cut like a sword. They
broke the heart like a hammer. Multitudes can attest to this...Sometimes I would find myself in a great measure empty of
this power. I would go and visit, and find that I made no saving impression. I would exhort and pray with the same results. I
would they set apart a day for private fasting and prayer...after humbling myself and crying out for help, the power would return
upon me with all its freshness. This has been the experience of my life."
W. Duewel, Touch the World Through Prayer, OMS, p. 232.
Speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, "How can I get the air out of this glass?" One man
shouted, "Suck it out with a pump!" Moody replied, "That would create a vacuum and
shatter the glass." After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and
filled the glass. "There," he said, "all the air is now removed." He then went on to explain that victory in the
Christian life is not accomplished by "sucking out a sin here and there," but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Today in the Word, September, 1991, p. 30.
D.L Moody said, "I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that
is contrary to God's law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and
ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled."
J. Kuhatschek, Taking The Guesswork Out of Applying The
Bible, IVP, p. 153ff.