“Holy Spirit fill this place”?

I would imagine most American Christians have heard this said, perhaps in a prayer, to which I ask, is this something we should say? Similar to yesterday’s post, while there is no, we do have this happening in the book of Acts. Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2 tells of the Holy Spirit coming and filling the place where the followers of Jesus were gathered. They were there because Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem and that God would be sending the Holy Spirit soon. Jesus clearly told them that in the power of the Holy Spirit that they would receive, they would be witness around the world.

Almost 2,000 years have gone by since this event, a time where this phrase could be fitting. But is there any reason we should say it now? This phrase is often coupled with a declaration of a worship leader saying how great it is when the Holy Spirit “fills this place.” My problem with this phrase is that it seems to overlook the fact we have already been given the Holy Spirit. There are many verses that say how we have the Holy Spirit inside us. It is not a question of when the Holy Spirit is going to show up, He is already here!

When we think about it, its not the Holy Spirit finally showing up that makes a time awesome. I would argue its when we unite with other followers and believers singing songs of worship, that unity is beautiful, not the “awaited coming of the Holy Spirit.” We don’t have to be checking the time on our phones in wondering when the Holy Spirit will show up. We don’t have to worry about when He will arrive and fitting us in His busy schedule. We have the awesome privilege to be able to listen, experience, and enjoy the Holy Spirit whenever we want, since He is inside of us, always. While this can sound strange or even mystical, it’s biblical and true. Check out: 2 Tim 1:14, Eph 2:22, 5:18, 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19, Romans 8:11.

We don’t need to wait until the Holy Spirit shows up, but we just need to listen and follow. We don’t need to wait until we are at a large gathering to experience the peace and joy, since He is with us even when we think we are alone. We don’t need to wait for Him after the music starts, He is already waiting for us now.
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