My Testimony - Full of the Holy Spirit

My Testimony - Full of the Holy Spirit

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In the Book of Acts there are two disciples that are mentioned to have been full of the Holy Spirit and it was not one of the 12 Apostles. Please note: In Acts 10, Peter tells Cornelius and his crew that Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit, we know from the gospels that Jesus was also full of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 7 and Acts 11 we know that the two disciples who were full of the Holy Spirit, served in the five-fold ministry :

Stephen was full of: God's grace ,God's power, God's faith, God's Spirit
Barnabas was full of: God's Spirit, God's faith

What has been my journey to being Full of the Holy Spirit?

In Romans 1:17, Paul tells us "For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” In the post Living by Faith I wrote about God's definition of what living by faith is and how to live by faith. If I could describe living by faith in the form of an image, it would be this video. Living by faith means that you know that God has provided for you, despite of what you see, feel or hear. In my experience, when it seems like there's no hope, and time is running out... right before time has run out [like second of] God provides the way [whether it be a financial need, or material need, etc]. So literally,  this video describes my life as a believer who is living by faith and I LOVE IT!
Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,  for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:17-20
While that may seem scary to the world and even to religious people it is the way that God intended believers to live; 100% God's plan, and efforts and 0 % of our own plan and efforts.  Unfortunately, I have not met (in-person) one believer who is living by faith. I've met believers who have small faith; those are the believers who have spurts of faith. They believe to be justified, may even believe for healing but it's not on a continuum. I am not judging anyone. I was one of those believers! In order for me to finally learn how to live by faith, [sigh] I had to come close to losing everything.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5
This is what my testimony is about. I'll explain further after I lay down the foundation. So, why do you think God intends for our life it to be 100% of his effort and planning and 0% of our self-effort? Because when we live by faith, it takes the pressure off of us AND we are then able to yield 100% to the Holy Spirit.

The problem with not being full of the Holy Spirit, and only being filled a certain percentage is that you run the risk of self. What this means is that there is a higher possibility that until you are full, you will be living life chasing your own plan for your life instead of God's [I recommend reading the post titled Plan x Purpose x Pursuit].

When a believer is living by faith, they will be full of the Holy Spirit, because in order to be full of the Holy Spirit believers have to live by faith. In the post The 3 levels of the Holy Spirit we read that the Holy Spirit manifest [display or show] in different levels. When he enters believers he is full of himself, but he doesn't manifest all of who he is, until you are full of him. To be full of him you have to be sanctified [set apart from the world]. When you are full of the Spirit, you will have the fruit of the spirit. 
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited,provoking and envying each other." Galatians 5:13-26 
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit," Romans 14:17 
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power." 1 Corinthians 4:20
In the Understanding Faith post, I gave examples of how the closer a believer gets to Jesus the more attacks they will receive. Jesus tells us in his word that "a house divide against itself cannot stand." If the devil sees that you are seeking deliverance, and or serious about being sanctified and walking in God's plan for your life, he will throw stumbling blocks your way. The devil don't need to attack those, who are comfortable living in sin.
If it looks like things are getting worse day-by-day. DON'T BELIEVE THAT! That's what the enemy wants us to think, so that we can give in and give up. Truth be told, when things are getting drastically worse, is when you should be thanking God. Seriously, like you really should praise God, because that's when you know your redemption is drawing near and victory will soon manifest in the physical realm. You're already victorious in the spiritual realm because of Jesus Christ. Think about it, when Jesus went to cast the legion of demons out of the man in Mark 5:1-20,Luke 8:26-39, they threw the man into a convulsion because the demons knew the man redemption and victory was drawing near (they saw Jesus approaching). So now you know the tactic of the enemy. He pulls out all weapons right before your victory [e.g. more stress, other things not relating to the problem becoming problems, etc] because he knows that if he can get you to doubt or fear, you will not get what you've been believing God for. 
I've shared my testimony with you in the Command to Love video and Committed Relationship video. I had been in a season of testing since June of 2018, and it's now February 2019. God kept telling me to trust him, and that I will overcome. It didn't seem like what I was hoping for would come. Things started to get drastically worse, and the more I was lead by the Holy Spirit to step out in faith, the worse things would get from the physical. This is the reason is why the word of God tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 to walk by faith and not by sight. At one point attacks were happening left-right to the point that I started to think that God's plan for my life, must be huge. I'll explain further at the end of this video, as a part of my testimony.

Updated 3/12/18, I found this post on a different blog and I think it's quit useful to this post.