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There's something about getting filled that will push you out toward the lost, the sick, the depressed, and the needy. It puts fire in your bones and drives you to go find someone who needs God!
When the fire fell on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4, God first filled the building. But that was not enough—He could do that under the Old Covenant (2 Chron. 5).

Now there was a new and better covenant through Jesus' blood, so in the New Covenant, God could fill His new house, the Church, creating "living temples."

Acts 2:4 says, "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

The first thing God did in the early rain was to fill the Church.

God's continual instruction to the Church is found in Ephesians 5:17-18.
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.
(Eph. 5:17-18)
"Be not unwise, but be filled with the Spirit" is a good, basic blueprint for God's will. The verb translated "be filled" in the Greek actually means "be being filled." It is not just a one-time experience.

People say, "Well, bless God, I was filled back in 1923." It's one thing to get filled, but it's another thing to stay filled. I filled the gas tank when I bought our car, but I have to keep filling it.

The will of the Lord is to not be drunk with wine, but to be continually filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke wrote in Acts:
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it FILLED all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Acts 2:1-4)
Again, God filled the house first. God brought His presence down to the Church corporately. But is wasn't enough just to take His presence to the Church; He wanted to get it in the Church individually.

First God filled the place; then He filled the people. One hundred and twenty people were in the Upper Room, and they didn't stop and have a "Bless Me Club."

There's something about getting filled that will push you out toward the lost, the sick, the depressed, and the needy. It puts fire in your bones and drives you to go find someone who needs God!

One hundred and twenty people is not much of a start for a Church that needs to reach the entire world, but it doesn't take many people if they are filled.

Jesus told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power. He knew what it would take to get the Gospel to the uttermost part of the Earth—getting the people full of His power, His Spirit, Himself. So the first thing He did was fill people.

As we read, Acts 2 describes the early rain or the beginning of the Church. Since rain is rain, most likely the last or latter rain in going to start the same way the first rain started.

If it took the infilling of the Holy Ghost to get the Church started, that's what it will take to get the Church to finish the job. If that's what it took to get the Church to plant the seed, that's what it will take to get the Church to harvest the seed.

The latter rain will begin in these days the same way the former rain began in Acts, when God took the existing Church, the 120, and filled them with His Spirit.

Source: Blood, Fire, and Vapor of Smoke by Mark Brazee
Excerpt permission granted by MBM Publications

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Mark Brazee
Web site: Mark Brazee Ministries - DOMATA School of Missions
 
For more than 30 years, Pastors Mark and Janet Brazee have traveled throughout the world sharing the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Together they've shared the powerful truths of faith and healing in more than 50 nations.
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