To be spirit filled is to have the Holy Spirit of God as your constant companion and not a person you whisper to at the door of your church on Sunday morning “Hi, I need you to get through this service, Come on!”
You may not assume that you are filled with the Spirit, because your face contorts in awe at the dexterity of the worship leader and that your knees fall to the ground of their own volition. You would check to see that the worship resonates because it is the worship of someone you know- someone to whom you are known.
You will not assume that those goose pimples indicate the conviction you feel when you hear the powerful word of God flowing from the mouth of your articulate, suave and charismatic pastor. You may simply need to check the AC! You would judge your conviction if present at all, by your obedience to the Spirit’s prompting.
You will not, because you have been inhabited by the Spirit go off on tangents that are idiosyncratic to you. You will be careful to check that all your expressions of that Spirit are in line with the word of God for God gave you that Spirit and wouldn’t have you do anything he doesn’t do.
You will not assume that being filled with the Spirit takes away your individuality, for He gave some to be apostles, some pastors, and the rest of them. You will take heed to pursue your unique destiny in God and tactically resist attempts to make you conform to a clonish gospel.
You will not be filled just for filling sake! You will be careful to see that you bear the fruits of that Spirit; a few simple things like love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, meekness, gentleness, meekness, temperance.
You will not, because you have a superior Spirit look condescendingly on the next man, for the one from whom the Spirit came loved all; sinners and righteous alike and was particularly fond of associating with the former.
You will not, because you house the Spirit of God imagine that you have a license to neglect the care of the house of your body. You will pay just the right amount of attention to it because you received it from God and the Spirit can only be of benefit as long as the house still stands.
You will not assume that because you are filled with the Spirit, you only have to be that –filled with the Spirit, you will take time to be filled with other things; knowledge, wisdom and a mindset of excellence befitting of that Spirit.
And finally, you will not treat the priviledge of receiving that Spirit as another acquisition to your list of accomplishments but as a definition of the fabric of your life as one having strength, the ability to stay constant after numerous challenges, and beauty in the face of differing circumstances.