Updated: Apr 23, 2019
Did you know that before Pentecost, The Holy Spirit interacted with Yah's Children on a temporary basis? Not Everyone was filled with God's Spirit either. There were a select few Called and chosen to fulfill God's Word. This makes since because people continued to reject God and Yahusha had to come for the Salvation of the World. By Jesus dying, the Holy Spirit was poured out for all who desired to be in God's Kingdom to receive Salvation. God made Jesus's death the turning point in the Role of the Holy Spirit.
And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive(H1777) with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Strive H1777- דִּין dîyn, deen; or (Genesis 6:3) דּוּן dûwn; a primitive root; to rule; by implication to judge (as umpire); also to strive (as at law):—contend contend execute (judgment) judge minister judgment plead (the cause) at strife strive.
Many men and women were selected to serve God according to His Will. David, Ruth, Esther, Deborah, Jeremiah...they were all chosen because they accepted The Lord God and His Truth even though many people in this time did not, just like in our day.
Daniel was a prime example of the Holy Spirit Dwelling in Him.
Daniel 6:3-4 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
How do we know this Spirit was the Spirit of God?
Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
The word for Spirit is Hebrew 7308: רוּחַ rûwach, roo'-akh; (Aramaic) corresponding to H7307:—mind, spirit, wind.
H7307 רוּחַ rûwach, roo'-akh; from H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):—air, anger, blast, breath, × cool, courage, mind, ×quarter, × side, spirit(-ual), tempest, × vain, (whirl-) wind(-y).
H7306רוּחַ rûwach, roo'-akh; a primitive root; properly, to blow, i.e. breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication, perceive (figuratively, to anticipate, enjoy):—accept, smell, ×touch, make of quick understanding.
We know this Spirit is the Same as the Holy Ghost because the definitions are the same.
The word for Spirit in Greek is G4151 πνεῦμα pneûma, pnyoo'-mah; from G4154; a current of air, i.e. breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e. (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit:—ghost, life, spirit(-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590.
G4154πνέω pnéō, pneh'-o; a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:—blow. Compare G5594.
Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Micah 3:8 confirms the Spirit Spoken of in Daniel using H7307: 8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
The question God poses to me is this: Are you Filled with the Holy Spirit?
1. How do we know we are filled with the Holy Spirit?
Ephesians 1:12-13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Sealed with means; G4972 σφραγίζω sphragízō, sfrag-id'-zo; from G4973; to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication, to keep secret, to attest:—(set a, set to) seal up, stop.
2. How can we Tell we are filled with the Holy Spirit?
Ephesians 5:17-21 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Acts 2:43-47 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Fear in the New Testament: Some Christians tend to de-emphasize the fear of God in the New Testament by placing the love of God above the fear of God. There is indeed a greater emphasis on the love of God in the New Testament. However, the element of fear was part of the proclamation of the early church.
Paul admonished believers to work out their salvation “with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 ). The early church grew in number as they lived “in the fear of the Lord” (Acts 9:31 ). The fear of God is related to the love of God. The revelation of God to people in the New Testament contains the element of God's mysterious otherness calling for reverent obedience. The New Testament church stands in awe and fear in the presence of a holy God, for fear is “the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 ).
3. Living a Life that displays the Fruits of the Spirit
Galations 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Galations 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
If you are a Christian and you are not filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit, you can be. Confess your sins, spend time in the study of the Bible and ask the Holy Spirit to take control of your life. If this is your pattern of life, then the Holy Spirit can fill and control you. Praise God that a Christian can be filled with the Spirit and enjoy their relationship with God.
Being Filled with the Holy Spirit