Every Child of God needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We need to understand that no one becomes full of the Spirit just by receiving salvation. Confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour is not the same as receiving the Holy Spirit and be filled with Him.
We all need to understand that belonging to God is not the same as having God come and dwell in you. When you confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you make an open declaration of your faith in His finished work of redemption, and that means you accept His Lordship over your life. By that, you become a child of God, meaning you belong to Him. But it doesn’t end there. It only means that you’ve taken the first important step, but that’s not the only important step, there’s another one that’s as important as the first, that’s receiving the Holy Spirit in full.
By receiving salvation, you are translated from one kingdom to another kingdom: from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light: from the kingdom of the devil to the kingdom of God’s loved Son, Jesus. So, you automatically belong to God because you are completely free from sin. But Jesus did more than save us from our sins. When He was with the disciples He was still the Messiah, the Lord, and Saviour who forgave their many sins, but when His ministry on the earth was gradually coming to an end, He began to tell the disciples something which we all need to read carefully with rapt attention. He said to them:
_*And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.* John 14:16-20 KJV_
The actual thing Jesus wants is to dwell in the people, and not just with them. He wants to indwell them. I want you to know that these folks already received Christ, though were not born again at the time because the Holy Spirit had not come to dwell on earth fully. So Jesus told those who already believed His words that He would pray to the Father to send the Holy Spirit so that when the Holy Spirit comes, He would be _IN_ them, and be _WITH_ them. When you confess Jesus as Lord, you have God’s Spirit coming to be with you because He is the one that would do the work of conversation, turning you to a new creature; but for Him to come and live in you, you have to invite Him by asking to be filled with Him. You need to read the words of Jesus in Luke 11:
_*And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?* Luke 11:9-13 KJV_
Jesus wasn’t talking to the general public here because God is not the Father of everybody, He is the Father of only those who are born again. He said, _*”… how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?”*_ Only the children of God can ask God who is now their Father for the Holy Spirit. For Jesus to say this means, the children of God are suppose to ask for the Holy Spirit to be filled.
I’ll show you another scripture to let you know that every child of God is supposed to receive the Holy Spirit separate from receiving salvation. He stood in the temple during a feast and said to all the people in that temple, let’s see it in the gospel according to John:
_*In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)* John 7:37-39 KJV_
I want you to read the words in bracket again carefully because it gives us the understanding of the words of Jesus in verses 37-38. John stressed that what Jesus said in the previous two verses is about the Holy Spirit which those who believe and would believe in Jesus should receive: _*”But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him SHOULD receive.”*_ Every one who believes in Jesus should receive the Holy Spirit.
Someone might want to mention the case of Cornelius, the Roman centurion who together with his households receive the Holy Spirit at the time Peter was still preaching to them. I want to help you understand few things here. It was made clear at the beginning of the chapter that the man was a devout man who was praying always. This man already believed in God only that he was not saved, but God was in his thought and was praying to God always and doing good works. God seeing his good works sent an angel to him giving him instruction to send for Peter. Before Peter came, these people were already waiting with open hearts to receive all the blessings that God has for them through Peter. So when Peter came, he told them about Jesus, and also talked about the Holy Spirit _(you can read more in Acts 10)_. Now, this man and his households were the first Gentiles that Peter preached to. Before this time, the Jews don’t associate with the Gentiles, and even this particular one, God had to quickly work on Peter in order not to refuse to go. God then decided to shock the Jews that went with Peter; as Peter was yet talking and the people were listening with open hearts and ready to receive, they heard the word and we’re filled instantly with the Holy Spirit.
If you are truly born again but still hasn’t receive the Holy Spirit, you need to receive Him now because He was sent to come and dwell in you so that you won’t live the ordinary life as a child of God. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in you is God Himself and in His fullness dwelling in you, making you His tabernacle. You have to therefore consciously ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit, ask your Father in heaven and He would fill you up. He is the power of God, when you receive Him you receive the power of God. Jesus said, _*”and you shall receive power, after the Holy Spirit has come on you.”*_ Without the Holy Spirit living in you you have no power, meaning you are powerless Christian, because only the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit makes us powerful.
Don’t forget this, by confessing Jesus as Lord and Saviour, you identify with God, you come into His kingdom and become a member of His family, but being a member of God’s family without the power of God makes you ordinary, so you have to refuse to be ordinary by receiving the Holy Spirit now. The apostles always minister to the people to receive the Holy Spirit after receiving salvation, it’s because they knew that He is a must have for every child of God who wants to live the glorious, excellent, conquering and overcoming life. Receive the Holy Spirit now and be filled in Jesus name. Amen.