It is entirely possible for a church to fill up so completely with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that it can become saturated with love, peace, unity, and the power of God in demonstration and manifestation. Let’s look at what the Bible says about this, and then I’ll explain this more fully.
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18 AMP
“Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness….” Colossians 3:16a AMP
As we look at these two verses written to the Body of Christ, we see two specific things: being filled with the Word of God and being filled with the Spirit of God. And I believe with all of my heart that you can not only be filled as individual believers, but local churches can become saturated with the Word and the Holy Spirit, too.
You see, when individual believers within a local church are filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of the Lord, it draws people together in unity, and then those individuals begin to walk in love with one another. And when you walk in love and in unity with one another in a local church setting, we can then have Holy Ghost power in operation in greater measure than ever before.
And I have discovered that what holds a church together and focused on the vision of the ministry they are a part of is when the members are walking in love with one another. It is then that the peace of God comes upon them and functions between them, because they do. It changes the total atmosphere of the church, and the fruit that is born from this is outstanding because it’s supernatural.
“14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:14-1 NASU
This word “rule” in the Greek means to govern or act as an umpire. Peace can become so powerful in our life that it can actually serve as the umpire to help us differentiate between safe decisions we are making, and decisions that are out of bounds for our lives.
The peace of God is not only an umpire; it is also a guide in our life that keeps the Body of Christ connected. And when your life is filled with the love and peace of God, your heart will also be filled with gratitude towards God. You will be a thankful person, and a thankful believer makes a huge impact on a local church.
Okay, now let’s revisit Colossians 3:16 again, and we will discover the impact of a church saturated with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 NASU
The word “richly” in the verse above means, “to the point of saturation.” In other words, you become like a sponge that is entirely saturated with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. And a completely saturated sponge will drip all over the place!
In fact, I believe that we are to become so saturated with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit that we drip all over others with it!
When you are saturated with the Word of God, you will be filled with His wisdom. And with this saturation of the Word of God, believers are able to give biblical instructions through their unique songs in the local church.
In other words, this verse is telling us that we can become so saturated with the Word of God that we have a continual praise to God, but also that we become equipped to bring teaching and admonitions for one another.
So even our worship for God should be an outflow from the abundance of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit at work in our lives and in the life of our local church. In fact, the best kind of worshipper is someone who is saturated with the love of God, the peace of God, and the Word of God, and who has learned to flow with the Holy Spirit.
According to this verse, once we become saturated, we are then able to minister to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. These psalms and hymns can be those written in the book of Psalms, and the hymns written by anointed writers, who were saturated when they wrote them.
But there is more. There is something else this verse tells us takes place in a saturated church, which are songs of the Spirit. Songs of the Spirit are spontaneous, Holy Spirit inspired songs that speak into the life of the church corporately, while simultaneously making a powerful impact in the lives of individual believers.
These songs are utterances of the Holy Spirit that are sung. In fact, this would also include prophesies that are sung, instead of spoken. You can learn much more about these through our CD series called, Instructed in the Songs of the Lord, which is available on our website at: www.kennygatlin.com/songs.
Why not decide today to have your local church become a saturated church.