There are four primary evidences of being filled by the Spirit that are listed by Paul in the Bible: praise, worship, thanksgiving, and submissiveness. These signs of the inward presence of the Spirit of God are increasing in our lives. They substantiate the reality of Christ’s indwelling because they manifest the most when the opposite can be seen in the natural.
All four are ordinary things, not extraordinary deeds. We may look for astonishing happenings to determine the presence of the Spirit of God, but it’s in these simple endeavors that they are frequently witnessed. We praise the Lord as we speak to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This praise that the Spirit of God breaks forth from within–-is supernatural. It doesn’t happen because everything is going right, but for things to be overcome by the presence of God. Singing and making melody in our hearts springs forth from our worship. Worship frees us from oppression and difficult situations. Thanksgiving in all things and submission to God in situations only He can change, brings about grace and divine empowerment.
The more we do these by the Spirit, the more we are filled with the Spirit. It’s when our flesh does not feel like it that we let the Spirit flow freely by faith. Being filled helps us empty ourselves of hindrances. We walk in the Spirit, full of His life to overflow, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 5:18-21 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Our Heavenly Father is seeking those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. The idea of God finding us the moment we worship Him leads us to worship Him even more. With our heart turned towards Him and our hands lifted up, we embrace Him through our words, tears and expressions of love. We stand in awe as we meet God face-to-face and rejoice in His presence.
We rejoice in worshiping Abba Father and giving Him glory and honor because of who He is. A lesser known benefit of worshiping is that satan is publicly rebuked and reprimanded during our praise. Our adversary was cast out of the place of worship even though he used to be the praise leader in heaven. When we do what he is no longer able to do, he is resisted and has to flee from every area of our lives. It is imperative that when we feel the most oppressed, attacked or in warfare that we rise up and worship. In doing so we get closer to what is of God, and further away from what is of the enemy. In that place of intimacy nothing can come between us and the awesomeness of God’s glory.
If we ever need to feel closer to God, let’s worship. When depression tries to come upon us, let’s worship. When darkness increases in the world around us, let’s worship. When we don’t know what to do, let’s worship. No matter what it takes or where we are, we press through to worship, from glory to glory!
John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Our worship brings us His word loud and clear. Worship helps us shake the dust off our feet so our paths can be enlightened. Our worship takes us to a place of intimacy with the Lord, a place where we can hear His heart and not hear the voices of the world, the enemy or our own. It prepares the way for His word to be spoken to us, and for surety to be placed upon our steps as we proceed to obey.
Elisha asked for a musician when he sought the Lord for directions for King Jehoshaphat. He knew that worship would help the word come forth with clarity. When we worship, we acknowledge God is with us. We express our love, surrender, and dependency upon Him. We are filled with joy and every worry dissipates as we enjoy His presence. He communicates and reveals His will to us with care and love.
When we seek God’s will, we enter into worship. When our bodies are under attack and we are unable to function, we call for the worshippers: those God has placed around us to pray for us as worshippers. Their prayers are spirit led because they are from a place of worship where no darkness can hinder them. Oh, the joy to worship Him, from glory to glory!
2 Kings 3:15 “ ‘But now bring me a musician.’ Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.”
Everything we do for the Lord has to be done out of love, and in love. It’s because we love Him that we obey Him. It’s not to earn His love, but in response to His love that we love Him with our whole heart. We love Him because He first loved us.
We do the things not because we have to, but because we get to. We get to worship the Lord; we get to praise Him; we get to give unto Him and we get to serve Him; not out of obligation but because of adoration. We don’t have to do this or that for the Lord in fear that He will not love us anymore. We get to because of the faith we have in His eternal love. The way we have experienced human love can hinder our experiencing the love of God in a deep, intimate way. Intentions may be good and come out of love, but sometimes the way things are done may not be done in love because of hurts of the past. As the Lord heals those past hurts, what we do out of love, we also do in love.
As we do things out of love, we find that the love of God in our hearts enables us to do all things in love. We do not do things to receive love in return, but because we return to Him the love He gives to us, unconditionally, from glory to glory.
1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.”
The battle against worship is constant. Our insecurities, other people, or even surroundings may hinder our worship. Thoughts of inadequacy, unworthiness or inferiority may be added to a long list of other obstacles. As we draw nearer to God through our worship, we press through all obstacles.
One of the greatest blessings of the new covenant is our freedom to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. True worship is not measured by outward gestures or behaviors, but by an inward genuine love for God. God doesn’t look at the outward appearance; God looks at the heart. The how matters internally, not externally. We must worship with a true heart in honesty and humility. We cannot worship with others publicly on a Sunday, and not worship privately other days of the week. We express our love and adoration to the Lord in the midst of our daily activities because our heart is devoted to Him.
We can come to God in spite of our faults and limitations. When our heart really longs for His presence, the Spirit of God enables us to surmount all obstacles. We love Him in response to His great love for us. He is the strongest when we are the weakest. We worship Him with our heart regardless of what our head says, and our adoration increases, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 10:22 “…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”