Editor's Note: This demonstration should be done by an adult only.  Please take precautions to set up the demonstration in a safe area.  You should be prepared in case the fire gets out of control.

Filled With the Holy Spirit

Imagine that you are a paper cup.  Prior to your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and prior to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, you are filled only with your carnal nature.  You are very transient (Psalm 103:15-16).   Thus, the cup is filled only with air.  However, once you have repented and asked Jesus Christ into your life, you are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit at baptism. (Acts 2:38)  The Holy Spirit, in this example, can be compared to water - living water welling up to eternal life.  (John 4:10-14)  Now you (the cup) are filled with water!

How does this help in times of trouble?  That is, how does the Holy Spirit helps us through trials?

Take these two paper cups - the one filled with air and the one filled with water.  Set them side by side, each one on a sterno cooker.  Light the sterno.  The flames which shoot up to lick at the outside of the cups are symbolic of the trials which beset us on every side.  An amazing thing happens!  As expected the air-filled cup bursts into flame and is completely burned up - almost immediately.  The water-filled cup will be singed, but as long as the water is in the cup, it will not be burned.  Similarly in our lives, as long as we are only filled with our carnal natures, we cannot stand before the trials which we encounter.  However, when filled with the Holy Spirit, we endure, though with the marks left on us that we've gone through the experience.  (Philippians 4:13)

Try it!  The verbal description is a poor shadow of the actual activity.  It will impress upon your mind the necessity of seeking God's help every day. Ask for his Spirit to have prominence in guiding and directing you in everything that you do.

May God bless you.

Cynthia Saladin