And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5 ESV)
I want you to carefully re-read Romans 5:5 above and notice the double outpouring in that verse. It is the mystery of the three dimensions of being filled with the Holy Spirit which I have taught and written previously. It notes that the Holy Spirit pours out God’s love into our hearts.
The Holy Spirit was poured out upon us. The word “poured” is used to describe the giving of the Spirit which can be compared to the pouring of water into a container or the pouring of rain from heaven. The Holy Spirit then within our hearts pours out the love of God into our hearts. This is the ongoing infilling process I have taught about. This ongoing infilling process occurs again and again.
He pours God’s love into our hearts. In other words, He brings our hearts into the experience of God’s love; knowing it, accepting it and also feeling it. Have you ever had a baptism of the love of God? A moment when you felt like you are drowning in the love of God? Your heart was full, your face was shining and there was laughter on your lips because you knew how much the Father loves us. Yes, this is the work of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to be filled to overflow with the love of the Father.
What are the two distinct dimensions of being filled with the Holy Spirit as mentioned in the verse above. Please take a moment to meditate on this verse in light of the devotional above.
APPLY THE WORD
Be not drunk with wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit! This is an example of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is not always power. It can be joy, love, peace, etc. May the Lord baptize and overwhelm you today with the love of the Father!
Ask the Spirit for a fresh outpouring of the love of the Father in your heart.