BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-21

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is bebauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)

Let’s begin by reading the verses that proceed this command — “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (vs. 15-17). When the Bible speaks of the way we walk, it is referring to the way we live. We need to look carefully at the way we live and at the choices we make. We are to make the most of every opportunity that is given to us. God wants us to be wise and He wants us to live our lives in the center of His will.

In order to do these things, we need the Holy Spirit to guide, influence, and direct us. We know that the Spirit lives in us; but what does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? We must remember that we constantly face the inward battle of the flesh and the Spirit. Our sinful nature is very powerful. In addition to our sinful flesh, we also have the world and the devil to contend with. All three — the world, the flesh and the devil — are formidable forces at work against us.

The positive force at work within us is the Holy Spirit. The more and more we yield to the Spirit we are enabled to resist the evil forces that work against us. To be filled with the Spirit means to be under the control of the Spirit. It means to allow the Spirit to take control of us rather than our sinful desires. It means that our minds and hearts are submitted to the influence of the Holy Spirit.

When we are under the control of the Spirit, we are influenced by holiness, goodness, and self-control The Spirit produces His fruit in us (Galatians 5:22,23). When we are under the control of the Spirit, we will look carefully how we walk. We will be wise and make the best use of our time. We will seek to understand what the will of the Lord is.

We have two powerful forces at work within us — our selfish selves on the one hand and the Holy Spirit on the other. Which force will we yield our wills to? The more we yield to the Spirit, the more we become filled by His presence and influence. To be filled with the Spirit is to live a life that is yielded to His glorious presence, and then we have the power to overcome our selfish, sinful self.

“Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me. Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me.” (Daniel Iverson)

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