God’s children are filled with Holy Spirit

Leonard Lauriault

Recently, I was asked a question I couldn’t answer, which isn’t unusual, but I did know someone who probably could. Because I even knew their phone number (it was our New Mexico State University Quay County Cooperative Extension Service office), the person asking the question said, “Wow, you’re just full of good information today, aren’t you!”

That’s possibly the first time anyone ever said I was full of anything that didn’t smell bad, but I also concluded that if we’re going to be full of anything, it ought to be good.

Everybody’s full of something, which is determined by our choice of eternal parentage, whether God or the devil.

In one case in the Bible, a child of the devil was described as an enemy of everything that’s right, full of deceit and trickery (Acts 13: 10). Children of the devil are able to know and understand the truth, but they’d rather be their own boss, which actually brings them under slavery to sin and its consequences (Romans 1: 22, 28-32; 6: 16). This is a matter of personal choice made in the heart that dictates how a person will respond when presented with the truth. That’s why they’re full of deceit – deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3: 13; 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12). Some devil’s children actually seem religious having very good intentions rather than being deceived, but they’re deceived nonetheless (Matthew 23: 25-28; 7: 15, 16; 2 Peter 2: 13, 14; 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15; Titus 1: 15, 16; 1 John 3: 9, 10).

To be God’s children, we must be careful to only allow good things fill our lives (Matthew 6: 22, 23; Philippians 4: 8, 9; 1 Corinthians 11: 1; John 10: 10; 1 John 2: 4-6; 3: 6-10). Then, we’ll be full of light, the Holy Spirit who produces the good fruit of righteousness in us (Ephesians 5: 18; 1 John 3: 23, 24; Galatians 5: 22-26).

The first fruit of the Spirit mentioned is love. We should pray that love will abound so we also can be filled with the other fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus (Philippians 1: 9-10; Ephesians 3: 19-21; Galatians 3: 26-4: 7). Then we’ll be full of good works – always doing good – thereby bringing glory to God (Acts 9: 36, compare the King James and New International Versions).

Being filled with the Spirit of Christ also leads to personal joy, even in time of trouble because perfect contentment comes from being filled with good rather than evil (Psalm 16: 11; Romans 15: 13; Acts 7: 54-60; Philippians 4: 12, 13; Romans 1: 29). Christians should be full of love and good deeds to show the devil’s children that being full of the Spirit really is the better choice because it’s based in the grace and truth in which we’re to grow (John 3: 16; 1: 14; 2 Peter 1: 1-11; 3: 14-18; James 2: 17-26).

So, what are you full of?