Filled with the Spirit…

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Scripture: 2 Chronicles 5:13 It was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the LORD, and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the LORD, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God.

Observation: This passage describes the final step in building the temple in Jerusalem for the Lord God. The structure was completed, but the ark of the covenant had not yet been moved from the tent of meeting to the temple itself. When that was done, the presence of the Lord filled the temple (“filled with a cloud” v.13). The glory of the Lord was so heavy the priests couldn’t stand. They literally could not get up on their feet but were prostrate on the floor before our holy God.

Application: This sort of thing has happened to me multiple times, both when alone in prayer and in an assembly of some kind. I once heard a local Dallas preacher say, “When the Lord is in the house, the preacher can’t preach. The musicians can’t play. The ushers can’t usher.” He’s right. In the presence of an awesome, holy God all you can do is fall to your knees, or lay on the ground, and worship him. There are often tears involved as one who is overwhelmed with joy (the good kind of cry).

Acts 19:6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— 7 altogether there were about twelve of them. 

(Forgive me if I’ve shared this story before in this blog I don’t recall) I remember one time in particular I was at a conference in Phoenix and went forward for the speaker to pray and lay hands on me. I stood in line for a few minutes waiting my turn, then as soon as he touched me I fell to the floor and couldn’t stand. Literally. And I was overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit embracing me. I wasn’t knocked out. I knew what was happening around me, I just couldn’t get up. All I could do was pray and give praise to God. On the floor. I was on the floor for about 15 minutes or so and I could hear it announced that break was almost over – would people come back into the auditorium and be seated. But I couldn’t get up. I wanted to, but I just couldn’t. So I literally had to sort of roll off to the side until someone helped me up. I kid you not.

Why do I share this story? First, I’m guessing others of you have experienced this sort of thing but have been hesitant to tell anyone about it. You’re not crazy. It wasn’t you’re imagination. There really is such a thing as described in the bible. And while people don’t always fall down or go to the floor, there are ALWAYS tears. I’m not sure why, but I’ve seen it many, many times. Perhaps it’s the result of spiritual/emotional overload – but in a good way. I don’t really know for sure.

Secondly, I want to encourage the rest of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, but are curious, to pray for the Lord to embrace you in this way. It is a blessing I can assure you. And sometimes a touch of this sort is accompanied by an increase in spiritual discernment, even spiritual gifting. That said, this is not something you can control on your own. It is a gift of God by grace. But if you’re open to this, pray to the Lord. I’m thinking this is the sort of prayer the Lord wants to answer.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, send your Spirit to your people that we might experience you in a new say. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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