Acts 19 In 1 Chron there is a story about a man named Jabez who prayed for God to enlarge his borders. Jabez called out to the God of Israel, “If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory. May your hand be with me.”]1Chron 4:10] 

  In some ways that is what Paul must have prayed often. He wanted to share Christ as he traveled and along the way he met some who knew about salvation, but had not experienced the power and presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesus he met 12 men just like that. They had repented and been baptized but had for some reason had not yet been filled with the Holy Spirit. Could this describe you? How do you know if you are like these men? Paul wrote to the Galatians later that the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit will be seen in our lives of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[ Gal 5:22] 

Today check yourself and see if these fruits are in your life, repent if they are not and seek the indwelling power and presence of the Holy Spirit. 

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