What Am I Filled With
By Susan Aken
“Be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18b
My heart is always filled with something. I want to be filled with the Holy Spirit. But He won’t fill me if I’m already full.
Am I filled with pride? There’s no room for Him.
Does anger consume me? Then I don’t hear His voice.
Am I trapped by unforgiveness? Then He’s grieved. (Ephesians 4:30)
Has a lust for pleasure taken over my heart? Then I push Him aside.
Am I obsessed with myself? Then I don’t see Him.
To be filled with the Holy Spirit, I need to be emptied of pride, anger, unforgiveness, self-seeking, and lust. I must be willing to let go. I’ll never be perfect. But I can choose what or whom I’ll seek. I’m able to change directions when I realize I’m headed the wrong way. Then I can look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of my faith. I can ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse me and take charge. He never forces us to yield to Him but He always responds to a sincere heart.
When I’ve grieved Him or pushed Him aside, I immediately pray and confess my sin. I seek God’s cleansing and accept His forgiveness asking the Holy Spirit to live more consistently through me. Then I walk by faith. I may have to do this multiple times each day but He is faithful and always answers.
What’s your heart filled with?
Be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Susan Aken is a homemaker, teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Wholly Loved Ministries’ projects. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She and her husband have one son. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends, and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church. Visit her online at susanaken53.wordpress.com.
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Originally published Tuesday, 02 March 2021.