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JULY 16

 Be ye filled with the Spirit—Eph. 5:18.

 

 The measure of our filling will correspond with the measure of our emptying of the spirit of self-will, and filling with the spirit of faith and obedience. And although the obedience cannot do other­wise than manifest itself in the daily life, nevertheless, it is the obedience of the intention, of the will, of the heart that the Lord regards in His consecrated people. Hence some whose hearts are thoroughly loyal to the Lord may be pleasing to Him, while not the most pleasing to some of those with whom they come in contact; while others, “highly esteemed among men” because of outward moralities, may be an “abomination” in the sight of God, because of coldness or dishonesty of heart. Nevertheless, he that hath the new hope in him, and the new spirit, will seek to purify himself, not only in his thoughts but also in his words and deeds and all his affairs, inward and outward.

 

Parallel passages: Mark 13:11; Luke 11:13; John 3:34; 7:38, 39; 14:16, 17, 26; Acts 4:8, 31; 5:32; 6:5;9: 31; 11: 24; 13: 52; Rom. 5: 3-5; 8:1-16; 1.Cor. 2:4, 10-14; 3:16; 2.Cor. 3: 3, 6,17, 18; Gal. 5:16,17,22,25.