May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
While we are learning about the Spirit, and freedom in the Spirit, we have to remember the many references to being filled with the Spirit, which we could easily drew the phrase filled with freedom from.
Even Jesus went away to the quiet places to rest, if the Lord had to be ministered to by angels and refreshed in the Spirit, why would we not have to be? He walked in the Spirit without measure, while all believers have a measure of the Spirit at salvation, there is the subsequent baptism of the Spirit and gifts Jesus offers. Most people may not even walk in the measure of authority that He has already given them, and He would offer more and His rest, His peace, and an abundance of joy.
So let’s look at some of the people that were filled with the Spirit and I pray, He fills us and refreshes with freedom daily. Jesus felt the dunamis power or virtue leave Him as He healed the woman with the issue of blood, the Spirit or really, life, went into her and yet, he could turn around and raise a girl from the dead. That is power, and peace.
I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft. Exodus 31 – Bezalel
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, Luke 4:1
Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. Luke 4:14
The Son was sent to speak God’s message, and he has been given the full power of God’s Spirit John 3:34
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6:63
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4
Exalted, then, to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33
After they had prayed, their meeting place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31
Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this. Acts 6:3
But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Acts 7:55
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord. Acts 11:24
And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…..Ephesians 1:13
There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:4
These are but a few of the Scriptures about the Spirit, it is a much deeper study. We are to be continually filled and we should ask to be. Paul, after his conversion, became bold and full of the Spirit, Peter spoke boldly by the Spirit, even Zacharias after the birth of John became filled with the Spirit and prophesied. Prophesy is a spiritual gift. And as for choosing leaders, many are perhaps chosen, not being full of the Spirit and that leads to division and strife.
I included a verse from Exodus, to show how God calls and gives gifts, but then the Spirit only came upon people, now, He is in the hearts of believers, as the Son sets us free, and He is filling us with freedom.