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Pastor Vic Quisumbing   /   Jan 18, 2015

Acts 11:21 says, “And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.”  Reading this verse, you would know the reason why the church at Antioch was a contagious congregation. In fact it became the church that sent Paul out to win the Gentile world for Christ. No one can become contagious by their own strength. Any church, any believer that wants to become contagious like the believers in Antioch must learn to harness God’s power. Do we want to be a contagious Christian, full of the Spirit of God? The Bible gives us solid answers on how Christians can harness God’s power in order to become a contagious Christian.

A. You must be prayerful

Many times we look at the significance of a church in its activities like sending missionaries but overlook the impact of prayer on the whole process. The church at Antioch was a praying church. Their prayers led to the sending of the first Christian missionaries as recorded in Acts 13. Any individual that desires God’s power must pray. So, if you want to be a contagious Christian and want your church to be a contagious congregation then prayer is the first means of power.

B. You must be filled with the Spirit of God

Romans 8:9, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” The moment we put our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells us as God has promised. The indwelling comes at the moment of our salvation, once and for all time.

On the other hand, being filled with the Holy Spirit happens on a daily, moment-by-moment basis. The filling of the Holy Spirit is not only for a few special believer or follower of Christ. It is for all followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 13:52, “And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the source of God’s power and we cannot be contagious without Him.

So how can we be filled with the Holy Spirit?

  1. Ask God to fill you with His Spirit (Luke 11:13)

Every individual who trusts Jesus Christ for salvation receives the Holy Spirit. But to be filled with the Spirit is another matter. It is to be Christ-centered and founded solidly in the Word of God. Remember that being filled with the Spirit needs to be repeated often in the Christ follower’s life.

  1. You must make room by emptying yourself  (Ephesians 5:15-18)

You will not seek the Spirit’s control and power unless you recognize your own inadequacy and need. Often, it is a major failure or sin that drives you to your knees to cry out for the Spirit’s filling and power, so that you will not fall the next time.

What can we expect as the result of living a Spirit-filled life?

  1. Melody in the heart and the giving of thanks (Ephesians 5:19-20) 
  1. Harmony in the home (Ephesians 5:21-6:4)
  1. Duty in work (Ephesians 6:5-9)
  1. Victory in battle (Ephesians 6:10-12,18)

A Spirit-filled life is tested in committed relationships: husband and wife, parent and child, employer and employee, etc. To be a contagious Christian, we need to let the Holy Spirit take full control of our lives. As Christians, we face three enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. But as Christians the Holy Spirit enables us to appropriate His power so that we might walk in victory as we face our enemies.

Do you really want to be a contagious Christian? Then make a decision to receive Jesus as your Savior, fully accepting His death as the sufficient sacrifice for your sins (John 3:16), fully trusting Him alone as your Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Let the Spirit of God reside in your heart so you can be a contagious Christian!

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