In the first blog in this series, we looked at the fact that being filled with the Holy Spirit is not necessary for salvation. In other words, without the experience of being baptized in the Spirit, you'll can still be assured of salvation in Jesus, based on God's Word in 2 Corinthians 5:17, which says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
So, why be filled with the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit has been given to all believers to make us more effective for Him. You CAN pound a nail into a board with a wrench, but it's much more effective to do it with tools designed for that specific job, like a hammer, or a nail gun. Below are a number of scriptural reasons to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
1. To be a more effective witness
Acts 1:8 "Rather, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
2. To increase our boldness
Acts 4:31 "After they prayed, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking God’s word with confidence.
3. For personal spiritual edification
1 Cor 14:4 "People who speak in a tongue build up themselves; those who prophesy build up the church.
4. To Build up ourselves in faith
Jude 1:20 "But you, dear friends: build each other up on the foundation of your most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit...
5. A way of giving thanks to God
1 Cor 14:16-17 "After all, if you praise God in the Spirit, how will the people who aren’t trained in that language say “Amen!” to your thanksgiving, when they don’t know what you are saying? You may offer a beautiful prayer of thanksgiving, but the other person is not being built up."
6. To be more effective in prayer
Ephesians 6:14-18 "So stand with the belt of truth around your waist, justice as your breastplate, and put shoes on your feet so that you are ready to spread the good news of peace. Above all, carry the shield of faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word. Offer prayers and petitions in the Spirit all the time. Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers.
7. To cultivate and infuse joy into our lives
Acts 13: 52 "Because of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives, the disciples were overflowing with happiness."
Romans 14:17 "God’s kingdom isn’t about eating food and drinking but about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit."
As worship leaders and worshipers, this list should speak for itself. The gift of the Holy Spirit is invaluable to all believers, and as worship leaders, an extra measure of joy, boldness, effectiveness, and spiritual encouragement that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit should cause us to seek Him!