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Open the Vents PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tom Barnard   

Our home has central heat and air. It came that way. It was part of the original construction. Our mortgage covered the cost of both. How nice is that? In the summer we have air-conditioning. In the winter we have heat. All of this is controlled by a device on the wall that allows us to set the temperature for either heat or air-conditioning. It’s called a thermostat. Ours is a digital one.

Personally, I prefer manual settings, rather than automatic ones. I’m not a control freak, but I like the idea of setting the temperature control and knowing that the thing will obey me. We have two zones for our heating and air-conditioning system—one for each floor. Again, how nice is that?
Having two zones requires that we have two compressors for air-conditioning (again, one for each floor). Separate thermostats allow us to set the temperature on each floor exactly the way we want them to be. If we want the temperature on the second floor to be 2 degrees cooler than the temperature on the first floor, we just set the thermostat, and it is done. The compressors are located outside the house; the thermostats are located inside the house, along with two fan units that distribute air to each room in the house.

That being said, there is something else that needs to be said in terms of how our heat-and-air system works. This is very important. There is a duct system that allows the heated or cooled air to move throughout the house, activated by the fan units. And there is one more thing—actually, about a dozen more things. They are the vents that are located in each room. Vents are manually controlled. They allow for a certain amount of air to be distributed to each room. I adjust each vent myself. If the vents are closed, very little air will reach the intended destination. If the vents are open, the air flows freely.

Is there a point to all of this? Absolutely. In Ephesians 5:18 the apostle wrote, “Be filled with the Spirit.” Paul wasn’t offering a suggestion; he was making an imperative command. Bible scholars tend to agree that the command was collective. It was for all believers. Paul was not saying, “Some of you be filled with the Spirit.” He was not saying, “When you are young, be filled with the Spirit.” He was saying, “You all be filled with the Spirit.” That means young and old; rich and poor; new converts; mature Christians. Everyone!

His command was also continuous. He was saying, “Be filled now and continue to be filled with the Spirit.” Every day. Every week. Every month. For the rest of your life. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 Paul said, “Your body is the temple for the Holy Spirit who is in you.” Our souls were designed by God to be the place where his Holy Spirit dwells. God wants us to enjoy his saving grace and his staying grace.

Who determines how much of his Spirit dwells in us? Who decides how “Spirit-filled” we are? You do. I do. God establishes the “system”—he is the Spirit-maker. I didn’t create the system; God did. He has designed our spiritual “system” in such a way that is can receive maximum power. The potential has been perfectly created in us. The “mortgage” has been paid in full. The “warranty” is for life. All that remains is for us to turn the system on, and when we do, we can enjoy the privileges of being filled with the Spirit of God.

What do we have to do to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Ask! Are you kidding me? No. Jesus said,

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened…If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:9-13)

The directions are pretty straight-forward. Make your request to God. Open the vents. Enjoy.

 
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