Staying filled with the Holy Spirit

“Be on guard and stay constantly alert [a][and pray]; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.  It is like a man away on a journey, who when he left home put his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and also ordered the doorkeeper to be continually alert.  Therefore, be continually on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning—  [stay alert,]in case he should come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep and unprepared.  What I say to you I say to everyone, ‘Be on the alert [stay awake and be continually cautious]!’” – Mark 13:33-37

The parable of the 10 virgins emphasizes staying spiritually prepared and ready. Keeping one’s lamp filled with oil represents staying close to God and staying filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus concluded the parable by saying, Therefore, be on the alert [be prepared and ready], for you do not know the day nor the hour [when the Son of Man will come].”

With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [a]God’s people. – Ephesians 6:18

A large part of the church will be lulled into worldliness through being more concerned with ordinary, self-centered, secular pursuits than with the spiritual work of God. Jesus’ warning —

“But be on guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down and depressed with the giddiness of debauchery and the nausea of self-indulgence and the worldly worries of life, and then that day [when the Messiah returns] will not come on you suddenly like a trap;  for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth.  But keep alert at all times [be attentive and ready], praying that you may have the strength and ability [to be found worthy and] to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man [at His coming].” – Luke 21:34-36

The way to prepare is to love God and to let that love manifest itself in obedience to God’s Word and Spirit each day. Only then will we be ready.

We Need God’s constant triple Advent reminders:

  1. Jesus CAME – we celebrate this at Christmas, as we sing: “Once He came in blessing, All our sins redressing, Came in likeness lowly, Son of God most holy; Bore the cross to save us, Hope and freedom gave us.”
  2. Jesus COMES – Jesus knows our sinful nature and constant failures and so He graciously provides His renewing forgiveness by the Holy Spirit who gives us New Life through the daily reading and hearing of His Word; the daily contrition and repentance on account of His grace through our Baptism and the strengthening and keeping us in the true faith through regularly receiving Jesus body and blood in Holy Communion. “Still He comes within us; Still His voice would win us, From the sins that hurt us; Would to truth convert us, From our foolish error, Ere He comes in terror.;” and
  3. Jesus IS COMING AGAIN (the very necessary reminder of how near Judgment Day is – it might be today – are we ready?) Yes, we can be ready because He COMES to us daily (Word and Sacraments); we Eagerly Await Jesus Coming Again – not to punish us for our sins (He already took the full punishment for us) but in fulfillment of His promise, “(after) I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3)

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