Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Filled With the Spirit
When you became a Christian you received the Holy Spirit and He lives with in you. “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” (Romans 8:9) If the Holy Spirit lives within you, then what does it mean “to be filled with the spirit?”
To be filled with the spirit means that you are allowing yourself to be under the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is something you have to want and desire for your life by yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him complete control. Everything we think or do is influenced by Him. The scriptures states “do not get drunk on wine”. If you or someone you know has ever been drunk then you know alcohol can change some things. If you are under the influence of alcohol then your walk may change, your talk may change. You may act differently, think differently, and feel differently. Typically under the influence of alcohol a person tends to make poor judgment. When you are filled with the spirit the same effects happen, you walk differently, you talk differently, you behave differently, you think differently, and feel differently, however you make better choices and choices that God would want you to make. There are a few conditions to being filled with the spirit.
Live a Christ-Centered Life
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:16-17) The Holy Spirit is not of the world. Since the Holy Spirit is not of the world and we should not be of the world either meaning we should strive to not gratify our sinful ways. When we focus on living a life pleasing to the spirit we are also pleasing our Heavenly Father.
Be in the Word
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16 KJV) When we are constantly pouring the word of God into our spirit, then we are being filled with the spirit. When we know more of the word then we know more of God’s ways and His promises. When circumstances arise the Holy Spirit can recall the hidden word to your mind to help you through life’s circumstances and in prayer.
Our scripture focus commands us to “be filled with the spirit.” When someone commands you to do something and you do it, then you are yielding to their authority. When we yield to the Holy Spirit’s authority, then we are being submissive and allowing Him to control our lives.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36)
When you do what you are supposed to do by living a Christ-centered life, living a life in the word, and living a life submissive to the Holy Spirit, then you can be confident God is doing His part by filling you with the spirit and accomplishing His will in your life.
Heavenly Father we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We express our desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day as we allow Him to lead our lives. Lord give us the strength to walk willingly in the spirit and not to gratify the flesh. Open our eyes and direct us on how to spend more time with you in the word. Give us strength to be obedient to what you direct us to do through the spirit of truth. Fill us with your spirit of knowledge and wisdom. As we delight in you we are confident that your perfect will is coming to pass in our lives. We love you Lord and we thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen