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GASOLINE…be honest now, you never give it a second thought until you can’t find it. It is an absolute necessity for many uses. The first that comes to my mind and I suspect yours too, is for your automobile.
During my lifetime I have seen a couple of shortages and even gas wars. The historic shortage in America came in the 1970’s. That’s when the cry went out for the U.S. to become oil independent. Not there yet! Very complicated evidently. Or are there just too many politicians trying to control it? I buy that one. I even bought a Cadillac diesel one time that may well have been my worst car mistake ever. I eventually gave it to a ministry.
Today in Texas there are shortages across the state due to Hurricane Harvey. Prices are escalating rapidly. Some stations are out of gas. Human nature is such that for the most part it is survival of the fittest. You’ll see some of that in action at the pumps this week. Gasoline is a necessary commodity for our economy. When it is in short supply we all suffer. So many things are powered by it.
The service station in the photo is my usual ‘filling station’. Good prices and very well run. Three days ago Joanne texted me and said if I needed gas to do it then. The lines were already long. It took 20 minutes. Not bad. Only regular unleaded was available. Sunday, I took the photo. All pumps closed. Gasoline is a necessary product but it can be in short supply.
As I was staring at the pumps today, I was reminded of an even more important element for us to function well. The Holy Spirit is all that and more. He is the one who fills your tank for service. Without him you can do nothing. But with him, everything is possible. He is inexhaustible, never a shortage of supply. But like gas for your car or truck; you can choose to ‘fill up’ soon enough or not. You candrive too far and run out. I’ve done that only once in my life. Same with the filling of the Spirit. You can choose not to refill daily and run low on your spiritual energy.
Consider the Son of God, Jesus Christ. When He was starting his ministry right after being baptized, his Father did something that many of you overlook. As you know in Philippians 2, Jesus laid his Godhead down-actually referring to himself most often as the Son of Man. So, what happened? “As for the word that he (God the Father) sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), you yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:36-38). (Underlined emphasis mine)
The work that Jesus did was done in and through the power, presence and person of the Holy Spirit. Do you want to do the works of the Lord? Then ask yourself, if Jesus relied on the Spirit’s filling, how can you do otherwise? It is not a one-time occurrence; it is daily and sometimes more often.
Romans 12:1-2 is the call to a daily spirit-filled lifestyle. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
And I ask you, who is the one who would know that ‘good and acceptable and perfect will of God’? Right, none other than the Spirit of God himself! Paul, in his letter to his disciple, Titus, said this. It’s not by us; “it’s by the mercy of God and by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit”. You and I need renewal every day, with the washing of regeneration every day.
Cars run out of gas, so you have to fill up occasionally. You run out of gas spiritually, and you must fill your spiritual tank daily. Cars don’t really have an enemy except maybe other autos. But you have three-your sinful flesh, the world, the devil-and they are the very reasons you must be filled with God’s Spirit to be victorious.
And then you can say with John. “For he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (I Jn. 4:4b). Some of you remember when you went to the ‘filling station’ and the attendant would come to your car, and you would say, ‘fill ‘er up!’ Well, Spirit of the Living God–fill ‘er uAnd not with the regular, make it the hi-test!
There’s never a line and there is always an abundant supply.   
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson
Scripture taken from the ESV

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