Once a man had a dream. He was standing on a sandy beach looking out over the ocean. He was holding an empty bottle of water in his hand, when he heard a voice say to him, "My son, what do you see?".
He responded, "I see the ocean".
"You are right, my son. Now throw that empty bottle out into the ocean."
So he threw the empty bottle of water out into the ocean . Then the voice said to him, "Now what do you see?"
" I see the ocean with an empty bottle of water bouncing on the top of the waves. But wait, the bottle is disappearing. I can't see it any more."
"You are right, my son. The bottle is full of water and has sunk to the bottom. Now what do you see.?'
"All I see is the ocean."
Then the man woke up. We wondered what that was all about. After some thought and prayer, this is what came to his mind,
"The ocean is God, the Holy Spirit. I am like that empty bottle bobbing around in God thinking that I am a Christian. But when I saw myself disappearing into the ocean I then realized how important it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit. People would see Jesus instead of me. My whole life becomes more and more a desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit to glorify God and not myself. "
What a great dream.. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is a Pentecostal experience. It is available for all believers. When Jesus came out of the water of baptism of John, He was filled with the Holy Spirit. and then led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tested. After passing the test He was ready to start His greatest works revealing the Kingdom of God.
Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, we too as believers have no power to witness the resurrection of our Lord or to overcome this world, our flesh or the evil. one. Thank you Jesus for showing us the way, the truth, the life and sending us the Holy Spirit.