Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-21
“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
Regeneration is the work of God’s Spirit when He implants a new principle of spiritual life in us. At one time we were spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1), but God’s Spirit made us alive (Ephesians 2:4). He caused us to be born again. When the Holy Spirit regenerates us, He comes to live within us — “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (I Corinthians 6:19).
While we have the Holy Spirit living in us, we also have a remnant of our sinful nature left, which the Bible calls “the flesh.” A great battle takes place within us — “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).
When we are filled with the Spirit, we are yielding our wills to the will of the Spirit. We are being controlled by Him rather than being controlled by our flesh. Our desires, motives, thoughts, and actions are being influenced by the Spirit.
The Spirit is within us and prompts us to live our lives in obedience and submission to God. Therefore, we are not to quench the Spirit — “Do not quench the Spirit” (I Thessalonians 5:19). We quench the Spirit when we fail to yield to His promptings.
How can we be filled with the Spirit? First, we must realize that God’s Spirit resides within us. We are never alone. We must learn how to practice His presence. Second, we must have the desire for the Spirit of God to control our lives. This is an act of obedience when we yield our will to His will. Third, we must set our minds on the spiritual things — “For those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).
Being filled with the Spirit is an act of faith in which we trust God in every situation and willingly submit to His will and way.
Spirit of God, fall fresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God fall fresh on me.
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