Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-21

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled will the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20)

When we are filled with God’s Spirit, we will yield our wills to the will of the Spirit. We are being controlled by the Spirit rather than being controlled by our sinful desires. Being filled with the Spirit is an act of faith in which we trust God in every situation and submit to His will and way.

There are other signs of being filled with the Spirit. First, there are outward expressions of praise — “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” We become bold in our praise. We desire to express our love and admiration for the Lord to others. We will look for opportunities to express to others our thanksgiving and praise to God for who He is and for what He has done for us.

Second, there is inward praise — “making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” We are moved in our inward beings to express our love and admiration to the Lord with all our heart. It is an inward, heartfelt desire to praise God. “As a deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1,2). We experience a deep inner desire to be in the presence of the Lord and to express praise to him from our hearts.

Third, we experience a deep sense of thanksgiving. We are moved in gratitude for what the Lord has done for us. We give thanks always, and for everything, even the hard, painful things we experience. We know that God works all things for His glory and for our good (Romans 8:28).

When we are filled with God’s Spirit, we will yield to His promptings and desire to conform to His will. We will outwardly express our praise for Him to others. Our hearts will be warmed by His love and presence and we will praise Him from our innermost beings. And we will be thankful no matter what we have to face, for we know that the Spirit will lead us and empower us.

Holy Spirit, thank You for your presence within me. I am moved to praise when I consider all that You have done for me. My heart is warmed by Your love and I am thankful that You live within me and will empower me to face whatever comes my way this day.


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