In our most recent class on the Holy Spirit, we learned that there is a distinction between being filled with the Spirit and being full of the Spirit.
The Bible tells us that all believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. For example, Paul tells the Corinthians:
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? “1 Corinthians 3:16
He also reminds Timothy:
“Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure that has been entrusted to you.” 1 Timothy 1:14
If you are a Christian, you have been filled with the Spirit, who is with you at all times, to guide, enlighten and comfort. However, there are also times when the Holy Spirit fills us in a temporary way in order to fulfill a particular task. This occurs in both the Old and New Testament.
One example is when Samuel anoints David as king:
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.” 1 Samuel 16:13-14
Another is when Mary is told by the Angel Gabriel, that she will bear God’s Son:
“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
When Peter gave his famous sermon in chapter 4 of Acts, he was “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:8). In 2 Peter, chapter 1 we are told that all the prophets were “carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Of course, Jesus Himself was filled by the Holy Spirit at His baptism. (Luke 3:22), when he begins His public ministry.
Maybe you, too, have felt this filling of the Spirit when you were called to take on a task or project that seemed beyond your abilities. The Spirit is always with us. He will guide us, enlighten us and empower us to do the things God calls us to do.