Pastor Tim’s message, this Sunday, October 2 at 11 am

FILLED AND OVERFLOWING

The news this week here on the east coast is all about Hurricane Ian. Much of Florida has been declared a disaster area, as high winds and rain pummel the state. The rest of the east coast is on alert as the storm moves north.

Of course, this brings back memories of other storms we have received in New Jersey, including the devastating Hurricane Sandy, and last year’s Hurricane Ida, which personally affected me. Water from that storm flooded our entire first floor, and necessitated the move from our home.

And my question to you is this – has it been raining in your life?

I’m not speaking of liquid rain, but rather of the latter rain! Has there been an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life? As the “old-timers” used to say, have you been standing under the spout where the glory comes out?!

In Ephesians 5:18, the Bible says “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” While our English Bibles all say “be filled,” in the original language it is more accurately understood as “be being filled” with the Spirit. In other words, it is not a command that we experience a “once-for-all” filling, or even an occasional filling, but rather that we be filled continually.

When a person asks Christ to be their Savior, the Holy Spirit then dwells within them. When a believer receives the baptism in the Holy Spirit, that same spirit that dwells within them, baptizes them and fills them. But, a true Spirit-filled Christian needs more than that one-time experience – they need to be BEING filled. They need to be filled and overflowing with the Spirit of God.

When a cup is filled too full and overflows, all the area around it will become wet. Much like that cup, the truly Spirit-filled believer will affect the area all around them as they overflow with the Spirit of God.

Each of us should seek to not only be saved, and baptized in the Spirit. But, we need to go beyond that! Join us this Sunday morning here at Valley Chapel as we look at what it means to be “Filled and Overflowing!” Don’t miss it!

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